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Owner Nicki Rivieccio grew up in Torre del Greco, near Naples, and is on a mission to bring authentic Italian cafe culture Stateside. For him, it's all about the freshness. In the basement below PIQ (pronounced "peek"), master bakers headed by former soccer star Rufo Verga start work at 2 a.m. every day and use imported machines to create an ever-shifting array of sweets and savories stuffed and topped with seasonal produce, meats, eggs, and cheese.

— Anneli Star Josselin Rufus

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