Image courtesy of Piccione Pastry
Five years ago in St. Louis, Missouri, Richard Nix, Jr. and his wife opened Piccione Pastry as a tribute to his grandmother. Grace Viviano Piccione, affectionately known as “Nonna,” was a pioneer entrepreneur in the independent theater business and had a great impact on the growth of the Delmar area of University City, a St. Louis suburb.

Her movies houses included the Apollo and the Varsity on Delmar. It was her and her son’s idea to release the campy cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time. Her and her family also had a tremendous impact on the rich Italian history of St. Louis.

Today, Nonna’s legacy is honored in a special way with the bakery. This Mother’s Day, Piccione Pastry will celebrate her with the “Nonna Cannoli.” It is inspired by her two favorite flavors: cherry and chocolate. Piccione Pastry has taken its signature Piccione cream and added chopped cherries and chocolate into the mix for a sweet and tart mix.

Additionally, the bakery is holding a special Mother’s Day brunch this Sunday.  Chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, egg biscuits, and bombolonis (Italian-style doughnuts covered in cinnamon sugar and filled with strawberry jam) will be available for mothers and their loved ones to enjoy.