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Happy 5th Birthday, Piccolo

Chef Doug Flicker and wife Amy Greeley grin the grin of people with a wildly successful restaurant.

Chef Doug Flicker and wife Amy Greeley grin the grin of people with a wildly successful restaurant.

Last night marked the fifth anniversary of Piccolo, chef Doug Flicker's tiny south Minneapolis restaurant with the tiny, exacting food that's regularly cited as one of the best restaurants in America.

They celebrated with a casual, intimate party among friends and colleagues who congregated mostly in the kitchen, where all good parties take place.

See also: Piccolo among the "most underrated" restaurants in America

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The spread: soul food. Don't let the haute cuisine fool you; Flicker is an avid pit master and has a formidable smoker in his back yard. Which means guests were treated to gorgeous, smoke-ringed suckling pig, collard greens, cornbread with molasses butter, and legit slices of white bread.

Flicker belted out REM on the karaoke machine, still clad in his blue apron.

Happy birthday, Piccolo, and many more.

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