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Hero of the Month - Alison Avayu, Piccolo Ristorante

Alison Avayu
Piccolo RIstorante

When it came time to select our July/August Hero of the Month, one name was on everyone's lips and it's not so hard to figure out why. Alison Avayu is a true servant leader.

Alison has volunteered for Learning Ally and Special Olympics, and serves on the board of, an international sponsorship program which is headquartered near her hometown. Piccolo specifically sponsors a Philippine student through Unbound.

Piccolo has supported a multitude of non-profits locally including - Ann Storck Center, Junior Achievement, the Tortuga Music Festival, Sea Delight Ocean Fund, the Grid Iron Grill Off (which benefits multiple non profits) and has hosted events for REEF, Grace Place School, FANO, Broward Public Library and 48 Hour Film Festival.

Serving on the Chamber's Oakland Park/Wilton Manors/Uptown Council, Chairing the Lunch Bunch Leads group, and providing breakfast for the NonProfit Business Breakfast, Alison has supported the Chamber's programs and initiatives in many ways. 

Born and raised in Kansas, Alison always felt a calling to sunny South Florida.  After graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in Interior Design, Spanish and Leadership, she spent a few years in Kansas City before making the big move.  Just a few short months after moving, she and Chef Andres ended up working in the same restaurant together.  And as they say, the rest is history.

With a background in leadership, it was an easy transition from the design world to the hospitality industry.  Before opening up Piccolo, Alison spent a few years as assistant manager and bar manager of a couple of different local restaurants.  Her experience in the "front of house" was critical in the creation of Piccolo since it was a match for the talents that Chef Andres brings to the kitchen.

Alison's love for authentic personalized service is evident and one of the driving forces behind Piccolo's "unique dining experience".  You can feel her warmth and passion as she greets and takes care of each guest.  "Ensuring everyone has the perfect dining experience is my ultimate goal" she says.  Make your reservation now and get a taste of the mid-western charm and hospitality that she brings to the table.

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