Nicola's Ristorante Italiano is sixteen years new, and has become one of the most beautiful fine dining restaurants in the city. Nicola's offers valet service for your convenience, Monday through Saturday evenings, and you can always feel comfortable coming in dressy casual attire. Heading out for a night at the Aronoff or Music Hall? Just minutes away, you can start your evening off with a most exquisite dinner at Nicola's. And, if you are dining with a large party on a Monday through Thursday night, ask us to organize your own personal tasting menu for your party, with wine pairings to complement your selections. This could possibly be one of the best ways to experience Nicola's "authentic" Italian cuisine!!! Awards: -Rated number 2 of Cincinnati's Top 10 restaurants, Cincinnati Magazine 2009 -One of America's Top Restaurants, Zagat Survey 1998-2010 -Cincinnati's Best Pasta Dish, Cincinnati Enquirer -Rated Excellent by 1999 Mobil Travel Guide -Best Contemporary Italian 2007 by critics and readers, Cincinnati magazine
I went to Nicola's, by chance, right after the chef won an award at the Cincinnati Food & Wine Classic. We had the gnocchi because apparently that's his best item. It was good (four cheeses and truffle oil, you can't really go wrong), nothing really insane though. We had the red drum (fish) that was not that great. None of the salads have much in the way of greens--I had the Goat cheese salad, and it was very heavy on the goat cheese. The service is good.
The Monday special is something that me and my other 20-something friends do once every couple months, as the prices are otherwise in the "special occasion" range. The staff really stands out as being extremely friendly and take great concern to making sure every detail is accounted for during your meal!
Pretty tasty but also a bit pricey. I had the gnocchi and it was solid. Not my favorite Italian in the city but it's won tons of awards and is always busy! Splurge a bit and give it a go.
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- Mon - Thu: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
- Fri, Sat: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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