This was one of the best dinners I have had a Nicola's. The salmon was cook perfectly. The risotto was delicious and the portions were generous and spot on. My wife had the calamari (also cooked perfectly) and a side of beets that were wonderful. Our Server was attentive. Under the new ownership Nicola's Chef should feel free to take some liberties with the menu. Make Nicola's their own. Overall, we had a great dining experience.
Hi, I wanted to personally thank you for your recent visit and for taking the time to share this amazing review. I am very proud of my team hearing your thoughts and I will be sure to share this with them. Please be assured that we will be making lots of exciting changes under the new regime in the upcoming months. Please feel free to ask for me on your next visit and I would be happy to tell you all about them. Regards, Mike Cicciarella Director of Operations
We visited on NYE at 5:45pm with a reserved seat in the bar. There were very few tables with seated guests when we arrived. We had an appetizer which was good. The salads took a very long time to come out, however were good. The meal however also took a long time to come out. I don't believe we received our meals until almost 6:45pm. Had we been satisfied with the meals, the wait may not have felt so long, however my husband and I were both disappointed with our dishes. He had the salmon dish which had no flavor at all. It seemed to be a piece of fish cooked without any seasonings, perhaps this is the way it is prepared. My dish which was the chicken Milanese, a dish I have gotten many times was over
cooked, very dry and had little of the lemon sauce. I wasn't able to eat it:( We were on a time constraint, so I didn't bother bringing the dissatisfaction to our waiter's attention.
Just a bit disappointing and not what we are used to when dining at Nicolas.
Was a wonderful experience, accept that there was very loud , not very pleasing music playing . Had to ask several times for it to be turned off and there were several others there that had the same request. Would go back anytime!
Hi Dottie, Thank you for joining us and sharing your feedback. The band was there to help ring in the New Year and is not something that we will be doing on a regular basis. We hope to see you again soon! Regards, Mike Cicciarella, GM
The food and service were outstanding, already looking forward to our next visit!
Hi Marie, Thank you for such kind words. Please ask for me next time so that I may thank you in person! Mike Cicciarella General Manager
Food was bland. Not worth the premium price.
HI Andy, We are always looking for ways to improve. Would you mind sharing which dishes you had so we can perfect them? Thank you for you feedback and your time! Mike Cicciarella General Mangaer
This was a birthday dinner on Christmas Eve (when many other restaurants in town were closed -- so grateful Nicola's was open), and the staff did everything they could to accommodate our party of six, including allowing us to bring our own cake to serve for dessert (thank you!). I will say, that we loved everything about the OLD Nicola's with one glaring exception -- the amount of wait time between courses. The new Nicola's has figured out how to change that up completely, and the mood and responses from every person working there was one of wanting to meet the desires of the customer, whatever they were. My husband even ordered something that wasn't even on the menu and they were able to accommodate him. Our waiter, Jennifer, was super competent, speedy and able to anticipate our needs. The chefs in the kitchen were fascinating to watch as they worked together to coordinate the dishes and put out perfectly cooked and presented food. I will also add that the wine list and cocktail options are now expanded and clearly chosen with care and expertise. All in all, a memorable night out. We will be back!
Hello, Thank you for spending your holiday with us and for taking the time to share your feedback. I am very happy to hear such great news about your experience and I will be sure to share it with my team. We will continue to make positive changes as we prepare to rebrand and reopen later this year under a new name, and I am willing to bet we can find a home for polenta on the new menu! Please ask for me next time so I may thank you in person. Regards, Mike Cicciarella General Manager
Nice atmosphere on Christmas Eve for a quiet dinner for two. Service was excellent. Drinks fantastic (blood orange margarita is highly recommended). Food was great. We had lobster spaghetti, Cesar salad, mushroom pizza. We were too full for desert but our waitress skillfully laid the desert menus on the table walk-by hit and run style and it worked. We shared the Zepole and were glad we did. A well-run establishment doing things right that I can recommend. Not inexpensive but delivers a quality dining experience.
Terrific experience, great wine and perfect Bolognese!
It took us 3 years to get back here after an overpriced meal. we found the new ownership has changed the experience. The Sauce on my Veal Picatta was light with a hint of lemon. Ideal for soaking up with the last slice of moist and excellent bread. The Rack of lamb was tasty and not overwhelming. We splurged on sharing a chocolate cake dessert with a crunch of shaved chocolate to put it over the top. Oh and the VO on the rocks was a generous pour. Decafe coffee was even special too. we will return soon.
Hi TJ, I can't express how happy I am to hear these kind words, and I am very grateful that you gave us another chance. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your experience, and I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it. I will be sure to share your feedback with my team, and I hope you feel free to as for me next time, so that I may thank you in person. Regards, Mike Cicciarella General Mangaer
We love Nicola's and are looking forward to it's new make-over and new name in the spring.
Hi Carol, Happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner this past weekend, and that you are excited for our new concept! Stay tuned! Mike Cicciarella General Manager
Superb! Walking in the front door, we were greeted warmly and welcomed. Dining was excellent from the first sip to the last bite! Our server was a total pro. In short, our night out could not have been any better!
Hi Lester, Thank you so much for taking the time to share such kind sentiments with us about your visit. Our team works very hard and takes a lot of pride in providing the best possible experience for our guests, and it's always nice to hear when it's appreciated. Please ask for me next time so that I may thank you in person. Mike Cicciarella General Manager
Lovely evening with family! Our server was gracious, attentive, and personable. The food was delicious; everyone loved their meal, and dessert! They were wonderful about accommodating special food needs. Good wine list. Delightful ambiance. Looking forward to going back!
Hi Sue, It was a pleasure meeting you last weekend, and I am happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you for the kind words as well, and I will be sure to share them with my team. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Stay tuned for updates on our new concept opening in the spring, and please, always feel free to ask for me. Mike Ciccciarella General Manager
Great food, attention to detail from the entire staff. Wonderful experience!
Hi Dan, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your dining experience and I am very glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Feel free to ask for me on your next visit! Mike Cicciarella General Manager
Nicolas Keene is under new ownership. They have done an excellent job of maintaining the quality of the food. The atmosphere is conducive to conversation. Even with a band in the bar area, the sound was not a problem. The homemade pasta is excellent. Mike, the new General Manager was on hand to meet and greet customers.
Hi Carmela, It was a pleasure meeting you last week, and I wanted to thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I will be sure to pass them on to my team, and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Mike Cicciarella General Manager
It was my parent’s 50th anniversary! Great food and always fun to be with family.
Thank you for your kind words, and thank you for sharing such a momentous occasion with us. I hope your parents enjoyed everything, and we look forward to seeing you again. Please ask for me next time you are in. Mike Cicciarella General Manager
I have been coming to Nicola’s since it opened. It is my favorite restaurant. I know it has new owners and I understand there will be change. Dinner last night was lovely. I’ll be back!
Hi Karen, I appreciate your feedback and continued support. We are very excited for the upcoming changes, and I look forward to meeting you on your next visit. Please ask for me! Mike Cicciarella General Manager
The appetizer with duck was good-lobster pasta was fair, small amount of lobster for the cost; veal was tough and the knife not sufficient to cut with; feel cost is high for our value. We used to go more frequently; have to work on pricing and quality of the food-
Waiter nice but never offered more water or a refill for my seltzer
Hello, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to share such great feedback about your recent dinner. It's information like this that helps us continue to grow and develop. We will actually be closing as of January 1st to make some changes and we hope to see you when we reopen in the spring. Please ask for me on your next visit so that I may thank you in person. Mike Cicciarella General Manager
Lovely restaurant - good food. Nice atmosphere and had some quality live music. I would definitely recommend it!
Thank you for the kind words, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
The bread was amazing. The service was great. I wasn’t super impressed with the food for the price tho.
I HAVE BEEN THERE MANY TIMES OVER A 25 YEAR PERIOD(WHEN NICOLA OWNED IT) AND IT WAS ALWAYS WONDERFUL. THIS WAS FIRST TIME SINCE NEW OWNERS AND I WAS DISAPPOINTED. PORTIONS WERE SMALLER, PRICES WERE HIGHER, MENU WAS TOTALLY DIFFERENT(HARD TO READ), CHICKEN MILANAISE WAS JUST OK(VERY DIFFERENTA0 FROM BEFORE. WINE WAS VERY HIGH PRICED.
Another fabulous meal at Nicola's! Great Italian wine list too - not very many places you can get a great Barolo by the glass!
Nicola’s was a very pleasant surprise as we had not been to Keene in some years. Delicious dishes, fun cocktails, very busy scene in attractive surroundings.
The food was excellent. The service was where Nicola gets less than a 5 and could be addressed with training. The waiter was extremely pleasant, but somewhat distracted by other clients. There were no plates for our appetizers—only bread plates. My husband ordered steak but did not get a steak knife. When a second bottle of wine was ordered—a different wine— the glasses were not changed. All of these are minor and could be fixed easily.
We love eating at Nicola’s. The calamari was sliced very thin, fried, and served with aioli—a refreshing change from marinara sauce. The charcuterie board and other appetizers were approved by all. Substitutions were handled well, and the pizzas were larger than expected. It was so good, but not overwhelming.
As usual, the food was served and prepared properly. On this occasion, we were served at a table in the lounge; this was excellent; the noise level was low, and the windows provided an excellent view.
Lobster spaghetti was delicious. Bibb lettuce special was simply delicious too
I have been coming to this restaurant for a few years and have always loved the food. This past visit was a disappointment. The calamari appetizer was good, not great, with a dipping sauce without much flavor. The gnocci with chicken in a gorgonzola sauce was very salty, and the gnocci were really tiny - this was a favorite in the past. We also got the carbonara which was also not very tasty and quite dry. The salmon over the beet risotto was good, not great. Overall, not anywhere near the quality of the many past visits. Excellent service though. Not sure I will go back.
Since new ownership has taken over Nicolas (note: there is NO apostrophe in the word, Nicolas), we have eaten there at least once a month. Friday was the first time that one of the entrees was not good. The Veal Picatta's veal had not been pounded out and was very tough. I am hoping this was just a "blip" in an otherwise outstanding restaurant.
We have been going to Nicola’s for many years and have enjoyed it most of the time. It has recently changed hands and has a new menu. The new menu is a refreshing change and the wine list has many offerings. The food and the service was excellent.
This was a little gem that I picked off of open table for my husband's 60th birthday dinner. And what a gem it is. The food was wonderful, our server was terrific. I had arranged for a bottle of champagne for his birthday and it was there waiting for us, nicely chilled. We had a small issue that was immediately resolved and we were all given free dessert for the trouble. Will definitely go back there again
Amazing Italian food and wonderful atmosphere.
I would recommend this place because the service is excellent, the ambiance is excellent, and the food is good. However, it is not really Italian food.
Ambiance is nice and food well prepared. Menu is more limited than when under previous ownership. I enjoyed my meal, but it was not as good as when under previous management. I think newcomers will enjoy the food, but I will probably not come back due to limited menu, cost, and other good local restaurant options.
I went to Nicola's on Saturday evening. We had a 6:15 reservation. I went with my boyfriend who is a classic Italian cook (he's full Italian.) He very specifically questioned the waitress about the Eggplant Parmesan, how it was made and if it was a classic Eggplant Parmesan. It was not. There was not even any sauce or cheese of any kind on the dish. The egg plant was cut in wedges, and was breaded and deep fried like mozzarella sticks. For a vegetable or maybe it was for the sauce (?) there were three Roasted Roma tomatoes. The price added insult to injury was $28.00 for about $5.00 worth of product... REALLY? And you are supposed to be the BEST Italian restaurant in Keene? Shame on you.
If someone asks me what is the best restaurant in Keene, my answer is Nicola's. This is world-class Italian food made with top quality ingredients and fresh, homemade pasta. You can't do any better on this area.
Please say hello to Lauren for me!
Loved the food. Service was good (server great) but a bit slow - took quite a bit to get drinks (and it wasn't busy) and bread came about 20 minutes after sitting down. They had a great singer in the bar, but we sat in the restaurant - could hear it as a nice background noise. Ambiance was a bit sparse; kitchen area where chefs are is beautiful though and adds character to the space. Look forward to dining there again.
We travel the extra mileage to visit good restaurants on weekends, and this place is absolutely fantastic. Well balanced with attention to detail.
This was a perfect spot for a date night. The food was delicious and authentic, and the staff was extremely professional and helpful!
We enjoyed celebrating our wedding anniversary here. Food was excellent, although a little pricey. Our server was very personable and attentive to our needs. The wine flight was a fun way to try some different wines with our meal.
The predominant taste of all the food was pepper. Also, the pasta was bland and tasteless.
No one at my table was very impressed, sad to say.