By LINDSAY WELBERS
Piccolo Mondo will close for two weeks but will return with an Argentine bakery.
After Monday, Aug. 5, Piccolo Mondo, 1642 E. 56th St., will close for renovations on its building. It will reopen on Sunday, Aug. 18.
Restaurant owner Norberto Zas brought Diego Cureses in as the pastry chef. Both men are natives of Argentina. While the restaurant’s windows are replaced, ceiling repaired and the scaffolding that has sat outside for six years removed, Zas will renovate the interior.
The bakery will have café seating and Cureses plans to have an ever-changing menu with at least 40 pastries available at all times to augment the restaurant’s existing lunch and dinner offerings.
Argentine pastries, Cureses said, are strongly influenced by Europe. So Piccolo Mondo will serve croissants, which when served in Argentina have simple syrup on top.
“I want to offer something different, but I want to offer something very fresh,” Cureses said. The bakery will only use fresh fruit and cream. Ingredients will change seasonally.