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What’s Going on with Nicola Pizza House?

Separating fact from fiction.

Rumors have been swirling about the future of Nicola Pizza House, which has been a mainstay in the Arlington community for more than 40 years.

Here’s what we were able to find out on Friday:

Tushar Patel, the Lexington man who owns Peter Pan Superette at 2 Park Ave., has bought the Nicola property, at 1215 Mass. Ave., and the adjacent house from Nicola “Nicky” and Mary Dellacioppa. The properties changed hands May 1, both Patel and Nicola Dellacioppa said Friday.

Dellacioppa, who started the pizzeria with his wife Mary on Jan. 15. 1972, said that they were looking to retire.

He said at the time of the property sale, he was under the impression that Patel also wanted to buy the Nicola business. He said he believed that Patel was planning to keep the Nicola name and employees and learn he and his wife’s recipes, which is why he believed Patel wanted him to keep the business open in the meantime and which is why he agreed to do so.

The two men had verbally agreed to change the business over on July 1 of this year, Dellacioppa said Friday. No business transaction has closed at this point.

Patel has since backtracked a bit on these plans, Dellacioppa said, possibly because, due to code changes, he would need to make significant and potentially costly upgrades to the space even if he wants to run it as the same business.

On Friday, Patel said he is “still considering options,” including a pizza place, with the property.

He said he bought the properties because he likes their location and they’re only a quarter-mile from his current convenience store.

With Patel now unsure of his plans, Dellacioppa, of Winchester, said he’s not sure if he’s going to keep the business open until July 1. He said a couple of his employees have already left due to the lack of job security. He said he should know more after hearing from Patel’s attorney after the Memorial Day holiday.

Regardless of Patel’s plans, residents have been sorry to hear of the Dellacioppas’ departure.

“People have been coming in and been crying,” Nicola said Friday. “We’ve been here for 42 years, we’ve made a lot of friends in the community.”

The news of Nicola’s sale comes a week after another longtime family-run Arlington business, announced that it had been sold after 48 years in town.

Zoltan May 25, 2013 at 03:15 PM
It doesn't really sound like a well thought out plan on the part of Mr. Patel.
Mark May 25, 2013 at 03:27 PM
No more Bacon Pulled Pork Pizza????
Julie May 25, 2013 at 04:58 PM
That has been our favorite pizza place in Arlington for 20 years! I hope they can manage to stay open with the same recipes. Best wishes to Nicola and Mary Dellacioppa on their retirement.
Dave Clark May 25, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Great Pizza. The place is a great family business. We'll miss it!
Chris May 25, 2013 at 10:27 PM
It's Natasha from board of health that makes it impossible to open a business in this town. Too bad she doesn't want to help arlington instead of shutting places down
William Fisher May 26, 2013 at 03:08 AM
been going to Nicky's since '77.. Being from Brooklyn, I know good pizza and this is it. I will be asea after they close.. On the other hand, Nick and Mary deserve retirement after all these years. All the best and thanks for all the years of great eating!
Billy Bigaboner May 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM
"doesn't really sound like a well thought out plan on the part of Mr. Patel." sounds like a very well thought out plan, the name and business is worth ten times what the building is worth, no wonder he is balking
Zoltan May 26, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Are you suggesting that Patel is trying to pork Nicky? I rather doubt that the Dellacioppas are the type of people who would allow themselves to be swindled out of their business for a fraction of it's true worth.
Priscilla Molea May 27, 2013 at 09:24 PM
The Moleas' will certainly miss Nicola's. Whenever our son comes home from Arizona, he heads for Nicola's. Friday nights won't be the same. We wish you the best in retirement.
Jim Bray Jr August 11, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Been going there since it opened and every time I'm in Arlington I stop and get a sub.gonna miss the good food,but think that Nicky and Mary deserve to retire.good luck guys Jimbray

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