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Saturday, July 17, 2010
Dinner at Nicola's
To celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary (yay!), we made our way back to Cincinnati's best true Italian, fine-dining choice -- Nicola's. Always high on Cincinnati Magazine's annual list of top restaurants, it's owned and operated by the same Italian family that runs the more casual Via Vite on Fountain Square. We hadn't tried Nicola's in years and it was great to return. The meal was excellent.
My husband was ready to try everything, so he opted for one of the tasting menus, a four-course feast, with a small glass of wine to accompany each course ($70). I wasn't ready for that much food and wine, so I had a nice arugula, shaved Parmesan and prosciutto salad ($12) followed by asparagus and goat cheese ravioli ($27), which was delicious and a lot lighter than it looked on the plate. The top photo is the ravioli, followed by my husband's halibut, my salad, and his dessert.
As you can see, the prices definitely put Nicola's in the fine-dining, special occasion realm. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) We vowed to return a lot sooner this time!
My day job is college professor -- of mass communication and journalism, at the University of Cincinnati. I've probably got a few more years to go, and it's a good gig. Love to travel, cook, dine out, and work out.