Wonderful Italian Food!
Couldn't ask for anything more. Delicious, authentic Italian food, great (and reasonably priced) wines, a nice patio, and great happy hour specials. Since my first trip here with my Italian conversation group, I've made a point to return a couple of times a week. A favorite!!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nicola's is a great secret
Tucked away at the corner of Reed and Henderson, Nicola's is a best kept secret. The food is always good, the pasta fresh and Nicola and his wife Speranza make you feel like you are guests in their home. The design of the restaurant keeps things intimate with two distinct dining rooms and a bar. The Patio is decorated with flowers and shrubs that conceal the parking lot and create a very nice private dining experience.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having experienced the aromatic smells and robust flavor of fresh food in Italy, it was disappointing to eat Italian here at home...until we discovered Nicola's. Nicola's does not disappoint! The ambience of this small manageable space is elegant without being ostentatious - nice slacks and a cigar shirt work for the guys. The food is delicious, and the service is focused on ensuring the customer knows they are important. Both the chef and his wife stopped by our table to check on us. I highly recommend Nicola's!!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went there with friends
We went there with friends for our anniversary, and we loved everything about Nicola's.
Could not of had a better waiter, Food & Service Excellent
Would go back again!!!
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Authentic Italian
We really liked the total package. They have achieved their goal of making a place for people to come that travel to Italy, or are Italian. Several folks on the beautiful patio were speaking Italian and singing with the accordion player. The ambiance was great right down to the guy passing around homemade Limoncello. Let me start by saying this is probably our go to restaurant. The Pecorino con Pere appetizer was excellent! My friend had the Anatra in Salsa di Fichi and it was excellent. I had the Ciopipno and was packed with seafood it was memorable. Very good. I do look forward to going back soon, I could go there 100 times and still find items on the extensive menu to try!
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
An authentic Italian restaurant
We found Nicola on Open Table shortly after a trip to Italy. Nicola's is the real deal - from menu and wine list to the friendly ambiance. We sat on the patio which was nicely shielded by plants from the parking lot. The mussels appetizer and the fresh pasta entree were fabulous. The wait staff was attentive and the owners (originally from Siena) also mingle to ensure your satisfaction. We will definitely go back.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
An excellent find
Nicola has the feeling of a family owned place with gourmet offerings in an old world (ie personal) way. Italian in scope but with French trained expertise, the food was delicious and exciting. i had the duck and my husband had the rabbit - both were worth returning to try again. For the less adventurous a reasonable priced traditional menu exists as well. We would return not only for the food but for the delightful hostess Speranza who made us feel very welcome and a part of the excitement.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ordered the homemade sausage and caprese salad for appetizers; both were excellent and presented beautifully. For dinner I ordered the Gamberi all Pavarotti or stuffed shrimp. Although somehow the goat cheese was forgotten or at least I didn't taste it at all (and this was the reason I ordered it) the meal was still excellent. My husband ordered the tuna special and was underwhelmed especially since our waiter recommended it and compared to my meal it was subpar. The La Quercuia Montepulciano we ordered was fantastic and a great price at only $25. We did order some chocolate gelato and Limoncello for dessert, both were excellent. I loved the atmosphere and the service was great so we would return and skip the tuna next time.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took family for dinner Saturday night. What an outstanding evening. The food was excellent and we were taken care of by Michael who did a great job. This is a family operated restaurant and you can see the love they have put into the restaurant. We will highly recommend the restaurant to friends and family!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great restaurant getting better!
I have dined at Nicola several times over the past two years and each time, it just gets better and better. On Tuesday, the restaurant was almost full with lots of happy chatter and great fragrances. The outdoor dinning has improved tremendously also with the garden planted full of flowers, herbs and vegetables. Very pleasant.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yesterday evening I dined here for the first time and now I understand why so many people rave about it! The dishes I ordered were fantastic! I highly recommend CIOPINO. Yum! Their fresh ingredients really enhance the quality of their dishes. Our server was so attentive and was happy to help me in select an entree I would enjoy.Their patio is great addition with a beautiful flowers and herbs to enjoy your company. The top off was that their manager and chef stopped by the table at the end of the meal to make sure we had an enjoyable experience. I loved that the chef made time on a busy Saturday night to stop and greet tables personally! We will be back!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our party of five tried 5 different entrees , two desserts, as well as 2 beets salad. All of the food was outstanding. The beet salad was light and perfectly dressed, and delicious. The grilled trout had grilled lemon slices inside that tasted fab, the fish was fresh with a wonderful light pesto sauce over perfectly cooked vegetables. The duck with risotto was flavourful, and the risotto with fresh pears was delectable. The scallops are to die for, perfectly cooked and wonderful seasoning. The pasta with rabbit sauce was hearty and delicious. And the special homemade pasta pockets with lamb and red sauce was innovative and outstanding. Desserts were fab too, especially the Diplomatica. Chris was an excellent server!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was exceptional.
The service was exceptional. The food was very good. We met up with friends at Nicola and had a wonderful evening.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fun way to celebrate a birthday
Nicolas was the perfect place for our group of 10 to celebrate our birthdays. We had a wonderful waiter Sean. The food was great and the whole experience was very pleasant.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A good find!
What a delight to find a restaurant close to home that had great food, wine and service in a delightful atmosphere.
It was especially nice to not be overwhelmed with loud music or bar noise. (We were in the room away from the bar).
We could actually carry on a conversation and enjoy our meal in a relaxed atmosphere. We will definitely be back.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Food & Great Service!!
As a first time visitor to Nicola I wasn't quite sure what to expect! WOW! I was pleasantly surprised that the service was excellent and the food was so delicious! Everyone enjoyed something different and we all had meals that we would want to have again. Even though Nicola's is a bit of a drive for us we will definitely be going back!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Dining Experience
Nicola is excellent for a perfect dining experience - - great food, beautiful trendy setting, and not noisy like so many places around town.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
" Charming & Delicious" Nicola
I loved the atmosphere at Nicola. We ate out side on their charming patio. Their mussels and bruschetta were excellent. The salmon with farfalle ala vodka was outstanding. The wine list was excellent. The service was gracious and timely. As an added bonus there was a guitar player who played very soft and lovely music. I have recommended this restaurant to family members and they are going this week. Nicola was recommended to us and the restaurant met all our expectations and more. We would definitely return.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sea bass, presented in a pescadoro style was excellent. The height of summer caprese salad was divine with vine ripened tomatoes and the the best homemade mozzarella ever!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
The family setting of Nicola is always warm and friendly, consistent and always enjoyable.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Incredible Italian Food
This was my first experience at Nicola and it was great. The atmosphere of the restaurant is really cool and the food was outstanding. I started my meal off with the Mista salad which I highly recommend and then I had the Gamberri alla Pavarotti (shrimp with a pesto pasta). Both my salad and main course were so flavorful. Chef Nicola even came out and asked how our meals were. We had such a great time we ended up moving out to the outdoor patio after dinner for a cocktail. I can't wait to go back!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian done right
It's a high-end Italian restaurant with a great wine selection. The scallop dish with the arugula risotto that I ordered was light yet rich in flavor, and my wife ordered the pork tenderloin special which was rather tasty as well. It was a very pleasant dining experience overall, and we will definitely be back to try other dishes to see how they stack up to what we had.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time.
This was our first time.
It was a hit for our 47th Anniversary.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Meal
Don't let the shopping center location fool you- the food is fantastic! A delicious Italian meal from start to finish. Our server was brand new to the restaurant but was very attentive and I expect he'll be earning 5 star reviews by the next time we visit :) The desserts were amazing and the limoncello and crema was fantastic!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the Risotto
My wife and I love Nicola. We chose this spot to celebrate our anniversary and were not disappointed in the least. Since the weather was nice, we sat on the patio and enjoyed the early evening. It was nice to sit among pots of fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes. In fact, we snuck a few cherry tomatoes from the vine and I tore a few fresh leaves of basil onto my risotto. The service staff was very friendly. Excellent.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
First visit after high reccommendations from friends...appears small on the outside but this is a charmingly spacious dining area with a delightful option for those who wish to sit outdoors on a lovely day. The food was spectacular, the wait staff excellent and the wine was top notch. Highly reccommend you try this out!
9/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food and service were very good. I had the duck and it was excellent. The food presentation was very good also. Will definitely come back.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came to Nicola for an informal group celebration and were very pleased with the arrangements they had made for us so that our group of nearly 20 could all interact and talk with each other. The staff had periods of time when they were very efficient but others when they were not. I had to ask about the specials. Food was well-prepared and brought to the table warm. We had a great time!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner with good friends
We had dinner with good friends and the outdoor patio on an early fall evening was lovely. The prosciutto wrapped shrimp (Gamberi alla Pavarotti) I had was excellent and my wife enjoyed the duck with risotto (Anatra in Salsa di Fichi). Good service and good wine enhanced the experience.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tremendous first visit
This was our first visit to Nicola and we will certainly be back. There were four of us for dinner, each had something different, and everyone raved about their dinner. Salads were appropriately sized and very good. Each of us tried different entrees - veal, filet, lamb, and seafood with pasta. Each dinner was very good. The wine list had a good variety and was reasonably priced.
The atmosphere was good. When we asked if there was a way to adjust the ceiling fans, the staff was quick to address our concerns. Everyone was very friendly and made us feel welcome. We will definitely be back!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Keep on coming back for more
Can't believe this was a Qdoba! My husband and I have been working our way through the menu with alacrity and haven't managed yet to find something that isn't delicious. We came the first time because it's about five minutes from our house and we just keep on coming. Comfortable place, rather elegant, but possible to dress up or down. Very nice place to go with friends to sit and chat and linger over food. The only weak link--and it isn't that weak--is the service which isn't super polished given the price of the food and the upscale feel of the place. This keeps getting better, though, and no doubt we'll keep coming back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Service
What a great restaurant! Nicola and Speranza have really brought italian cooking to a new level in the Columbus, Ohio area. I have found it hard to find good risotto in Columbus, but Nicola has definitely perfected his dishes. My wife and I had the Risotto all' Aragosta e Arancia and the Gamberi alla Pavarotti, both dishes were EXCELLENT! Our friends had the market fresh fish (snapper) and the Capesante alla Saltimbocca and again they were very happy with the flavors. They have a large wine list with plenty of reds and whites to choose from. The ambience was very relaxing and pleasing. Definitely a great place to take your significant other or friends to have a great meal with wine in order to relax after a long work week.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here is consistently good. It is very authentic and very rich Italian food. Make sure to try the Arancini appetizer and the Panna Cotta dessert.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Original Italian. Finally!
I had been looking for an original Italian Restaurant for a couple of years, since I moved here from Italy. I just could not stand those restaurants that would misspell italian words in their menus or on their signs. But most of all, I could not stand seeing chicken in my pasta! That's NOT ITALIAN!!! So once I dined at Nicola's, I finally found the correct italian cuisine I've always known since I was a little boy growing up in Italy! This is the real deal and certainly worth a try! Complimenti a Nicola!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have to say that Nicola has become one of my favorites. You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. We dined last night and for starters had the pecorino, pear, and candied walnut app drizzled with honey which paired well with a nice souvignon blanc (gnarly vine). The beet salad was so fresh and just enough goat cheese to accompany the salad. For entrees, my wife had the trout and I the ciopinno, a rich hardy seafood stew packed with goodies from the ocean. It paired very nicely with a house Malbec. For dessert, which are all handmade, the "affogato" which combines espresso with gelato and chocolate nibs is amazing. All the while, a wonderful accordion player made us feel we were sitting in a cafe in Italy. Overall a lovely experience.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just returned from Italy and got an extended taste of the true flavors again...right here in Columbus, Ohio! Our third visit...consistently great meal prep, taste, wine and service. We live up in Powell yet have nothing of this caliber in our own area. The food is really authentic Italian. Decor and ambiance are nice but could use some live music or a bit more piped in music to kick up the "Italian" feel.
10/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great italian restaurant. Cozy, enjoyed it very much.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I were in Columbus, and, based on very positive reviews, we decided to eat here. My husband had the lobster bisque to start. I tasted it, and it was very good. I liked that I could taste the lobster. I've had others where there was a negligible lobster taste. I had the rollatini vegetali, which were really tasty. The zucchini was nicely grilled, and the dish was plated beautifully. My husband had the scallops wrapped in prosciutto. He loved the taste of the scallops but wasn't crazy about the prosciutto (he just wanted plain scallops). I had the veal scaloppini, which was so tender it just about melted in my mouth! For dessert we shared tiramisu, which was delicious. All in all, a fabulous meal, and we'll definitely go again.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a find!
We have eaten at Nicola's three time since early September, each time with different people. Everyone we have taken has raved about their meal. I have also sent other people there independently and they too have had a wonderful experience. This past weekend I ordered the linguine and it was truly one of the best meals I have eaten in a long, long time. Nicola's is becoming a go-to restaurant for us. The prices are reasonable and the food outstanding.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service. We
Great food and service. We had reservations at 7:30 and arrived early at 7:00; they gave us the option of being seated to eat or to hang out for awhile at the bar. Nice touch of elegance with the white table cloths.
We will definitely go back and recommend it to others.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxing and Delicious
We love Nicola's! Anytime we have plans with or without others we head for Nicola's if we want good home cooking! I say home cooking because Nick prepares it like being back in Tuscany! How can you not LOVE it!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The lobster bisque was great...not
The lobster bisque was great...not too rich that you wondered why you ordered it! The mista salad was also great, as we're the spaghetti (particularly the meatballs!). The mani-mahi special was DRY. Ooh. Not sure what occurred in the preparation process. Thankfully, it was offset by the delectable cous cous! Our server seemed overwhelmed and we were there before the great crush of diners.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never a bad meal
Seriously, if you have not been to Nicola Restaurant and Bar, you have to go. We have been there 4 times in the past several months, and every time the food is outstanding. Everyone we take with us raves about the place. I almost hate writing great reviews because it is going to become harder to get a table. Great restaurant. Go you will not be disappointed.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place to meet after the game. Quiet enough to carry on conversation. Menu is has enough variety for our picky group and everything delivered timely.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great all around restaurant
Nicola's is one of my favorite places and is a real Neighborhood Gem. Great food, great service and great for any occasion.
Ambiance makes it romantic for special occasions. Patio is great for warm weather. Thanks Nicolas
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything lovely except
The wedding soup made with dry boneless chicken
Breasts and in a tasteless broth
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Incredible Italian Food
The food was amazing - incredible authentic Italian food. Everything on the menu sounded good. My only complaint was that the happy hour specials were only available at the bar or the community table. I would absolutely go back again and again.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't recommend this restaurant enough. Food is tremendous and the atmosphere is great for both group dining or a date night out.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food, New Waiter
My wife and I enjoy finding local restaurants with great food. Nicola definately fits the bill. My Spaghetti Amaratricana and my wife's Veal Ravioli were wonderful and full of rich flavor. Our waiter appeared to be new to the profession. He was pleasant and attentive but a bit inexperienced (i.e., forgot the bread, offered to bring it with the meal, then forgot again). However, all in all, we had a very good experience and will return in the future.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Perfect Experience!
Our group of six meets once a month for dinner. On the suggestion of a friend, we went to Nicola's for our December get-together. We came in at the start of dinner service, at 5:00, and stayed until almost 8:00. We received quick service when we arrived, and the food was absolutely wonderful; most of us had different entrees, and each person was thrilled with hers. The Caprese salad was exceptional -- ice cold, fresh, with a wonderful drizzle of dressing. The bread was warm, delicious and plentiful, and drinks were replenished regularly. Because of the holiday, we all had gifts to exchange, but we were never rushed by the staff. Our wonderful server, Ellen, held our separate checks until the end of our festivities. It was a perfect evening.
12/9/2013 4:00:00 PM