Sunday, October 28, 2007

Restaurant Review: Nicola's

So like 5chw4r7z, I too went to Final Friday. We walked around Main Street for a bit before dinner and ended with the Pendleton Arts Center after dinner. Nicola's has long been a favorite and since we wanted to stay in Over the Rhine for dinner, I suggested it to my friend visiting from out of town. (I still want to go to Via Vite but this night just didn't seem like the time.) The meal was, in short, utterly fantastic. I really do not know how it could have been improved upon. We both ordered glasses of wine and practically inhaled the bread selection put in front of us. My friend had the Diver Caught Scallops followed the Crispy Potato Gnocchi. (I took bites of both.) I had the Boucheron Goat Cheese Salad and a pasta special of Tagliatelle Bolognese. Absolutely wonderful in all regards. Best Gnocchi I have ever tasted. One of the best salads I think I've ever had. And the pasta was done just perfectly with a wonderful meat sauce. I skipped dessert but my friend had the Panna Cotta. He said it was good. By the time we left around 8:30 the restaurant was full . . . as was my stomach. I worked it off by climbing stairs at Pendleton.

At Pendleton, my favorites of those gallaries open were Joanne Honschopp and Ned Stern's architectural acrylic paintings and Nancy Nordloh Neville's watercolors.

Joanne Honschopp: "City Brite" (from her website)

Ned Stern: "Trilogy" (from his website)

I wasn't able to use/link an image from Nancy Nordloh Neville's website so you'll just have to go there and check them out.


5chw4r7z said...

Did you take pictures of the art? Jackie almost got us kicked out of one of the places last month doing that!
I always make sure to not do that now.

Dan said...

No, they were images on their websites. I hope that's ok.

5chw4r7z said...

Ah that should be ok, since its already on the web. I always say when in doubt, wait until the cease and desist order comes in.
I've gotten those from youtube.