He received a Golden Raspberry Award for his 1986 work on the Rocky IV soundtrack. The song The Touch from the Transformers soundtrack won DiCola a 1986 Apex award for Best Original Song - Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror.
First released as a BotCon'97 exclusive, the 2-CD set Til All Are One contains the first full score of the movie. BotCon 2001 saw the releases of The Protoform Sessions (featuring demos and rarities and including extended commentary from DiCola) and Artistic Transformations: Themes and Variations, containing solo piano renditions of songs from the soundtrack, as well as another complete score on a single disc named Lighting Their Darkest Hour.
He has been a guest at multiple Transformers conventions, including appearances at BotCon'97, BotCon'98, BotCon 2000, and The Official Transformers Collectors' Convention 2004 in Rosemont, Illinois.
An interview with DiCola was included on the Region 1 DVD release of The Transformers: The Movie released by Rhino Entertainment in the year 2000. However, this interview is not present on the 20th Anniversary Edition released by Sony & BMG in 2006.
DiCola credits his work on Transformers with getting his music exposed to a much wider audience and getting him the most attention and fame he has had as an artist.
He worked with the 5-piece rock band Storming Heaven in the mid 1990s releasing the 1996 album titled Life In Paradise. In addition to DiCola on keyboard, guitar and vocals, the Storming Heaven lineup included lead vocalist Rick Livingston, Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry, guitarist Curtis Taylor, and keyboardist Casey Young. Around the same time in 1996, DiCola, Storming Heaven bandmate Perry, and Tower of Power vocalist Ellis Hall formed a soul/rock trio named Thread and released a self-titled album.
In 2001, he worked again with Perry and released In-VINCE-ible!, a collection of diverse works from various past projects, with ex-members of Santana and Chicago assisting as session musicians, and featuring several special guests including Steve Walsh of Kansas and his Storming Heaven bandmates.
He and Perry once again formed a trio, this time with bassist Paul Ill and called DPI, to release a 3-track EP called Found Objects in 2006. Previously the trio had worked with vocalist Vincent Kendall and guitarist Reeves Gabrels in releasing a 42-minute suite called Pity The Rich based on recordings made at the same time. The jam-session style recordings for these releases were originally intended to be part of a new DiCola solo instrumental release, but while editing the tracks in his home studio DiCola felt they had the feel of a project for a band and chose to expand his original plan to include the other performers.
In 2008, he was featured on the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Original Soundtrack and was responsible for arranging the series theme, "Moon Over the Castle" as well as another piece titled "Truth." He described his work on the project in an interview with Music4Games, noting that he collaborated with T-Square and Doug Bossi on the project, and looks forward to becoming involved with game music in the future.