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“A Tuscany experience!”
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Ranked #215 of 2,333 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Henderson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having just returned from Tuscany we had a wonderful evening on the patio of Nicola.
The service was pleasant and personal. The food excellent and reminded us of the flavors we tasted in Italy.
We sat on the patio and the quiet ambiance made for a wonderful evening.
We would not pass up the lemon cake. delicious!

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Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

First, server was slow in coming and when we ask for separate checks, her response is, "That will just take longer because it is hard in our computer." Bad form to tell the customers the business problems--and we said we did not mind waiting. Food came in timely enough manner, but one dish was overcooked, sent back, and no better the second time. Server argued with the diner. Bad form. No comments from the chef or offer to cut price or offer dessert free to the diner or compensate in any way. Most enjoyed the food, and before we were finished, the checks were out. We had asked for dessert menus before the checks came and again afterward, and two people offered to bring them, but they never came. When the server came back with no menus (she was one whom we had asked to bring them), she asked if we were ready to pay. One said, "We wanted to look at desserts," and she said she was sorry. Then she took our credit cards and checks and came back with receipts and thanked us for coming. No desserts for those who wanted them. This clearly was not the 5-star experience we had been led to expect.

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Thank travelingsenior39
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

If you are a friend of the owner, you will receive fantastic service at Nicola, in fact so fantastic that the service of other customers will suffer. The hostess/owner flits around seemingly busy taking care of everyone's needs, but for most, it's just a show of attentiveness. While she and her wait staff engage in lengthy conversations with regulars, they miss the most obvious of details -- that a table has sat for 20 minutes with no table settings, water or bread. Even getting a table is a challenge -- not that tables do not exist, but rather the hostess is so busy flitting she lets customers wait at the front door. We waited 10 minutes with no hostess in sight until we finally just sat at the bar. The food is alright, but you are so annoyed by the time you receive it, it cannot be enjoyed. $90 later and we're just mad. So, we won't be going back, but it is not like the owner cares. I would rather spend my money where my business is appreciated.

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Thank thetravelingstandard
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

We met friends here at 5 pm and were very pleasantly surprised. The decor is very comfortable, the wine and cocktail prices on par with others and the food offerings were really nice. We tried the Calamari, Insalata, Portobello and Palline di Carne. All were very tasty and nice size servings. We'll be back!

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Thank minniediver
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

We made reservations online for this restaurant and had not been there before. The reservation process went perfectly. Our server was Jay who answered all our questions and provided wonderful service and a perfect quiet table.

He was attentive to the timing of bringing out the next course and we were not ever left waiting for long.

In terms of the food, our selections varied. We ordered two salads, the Nicola "house" salad, and the beet salad. My partner loved his house salad but I was not wild about the beets, which did not taste fresh. The greens in my salad were bitter.

For our entrees he had the lasagne which he loved, and I ordered the veal picatta. My veal was good, but the side of spaghetti was not.

We both loved our desserts which were the chocolate cake and the lemon cake. So, as you can see, it was a mix. I want to add that Esperanza came to greet us during our dinner and she was welcoming and friendly.

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Thank yoohoo614
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