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Posted by Kathleen on 03/30/2008
On Sat., Mar. 29, with a reservation made in advance, my husband and I dined at Nocello for the first time . We were greeted pleasantly at the door with the comment that they had found an even better table for us in the back. It was indeed that. The bread on the table was of the hearty kind, not the wimpy bread in some so called Italian restaurants. The house wine, we chose pinot noir, was smooth and delicious. Our salads, the house special for me, mesclun greens, roquefort and walnuts, and the salad casalinga which my husband ordered ,were fresh, perfectly dressed and promptly served. We followed this with Veal Frascati for my husband. This is a delicate veal dish with lemon, frascati wine and artichokes which was, in his words, perfectly done, and he is a fussy diner. Mine, the veal borga, had a brown wine sauce. It was tasty, but I must say the veal frascati wins. We finished with espresso, again, perfect, and shared the tiramisu for dessert. Although I usually dislike the "cake" form of tiramisu, I did enjoy this one. It was moist and flavorful. Overall, it was a lovely dining experience. This was northern Italian cooking, more delicate than southern. If you want a huge plate of baked ziti, go elsewhere, but if you want a taste of Italy, done with finesse, go to Nocello.
Posted by SebastianDavidson on 01/09/2008
the atmosphere does it for me. the food is also tasty. prices are reasonable and its a great place to take you loved ones for dinner.
Posted by mikab on 09/19/2007
We went to Nocello on a Sunday. Maybe the chef was off that day, but this restaurant was very disappointing. The bread and salad were good, but the entrees were inconsistent. I had scallops and they tasted rubbery. I finally realized that they hadn't been cooked enough and sent it back. All they did was nuke the entire plate, overcooking the scallops that I had left on the plate. My husband's pasta and shrimp was cold and the spaghetti was stuck together. The only good dinner that night was the Chilean Sea Bass. For dessert, we ordered the chocolate mousse but got a white gelatin cake that was overly sweet and not very enjoyable.
Posted by cioban nyc on 04/27/2007
I would like to thank the internet for finding this restaurant...This restaurant here blows it's competion out of the water when it comes to food and ambiance. I've been dining in the theater district for some time now and i think I've finally found my favorite place. Soon to be too busy to eat without a week notice, this place offers everything you need for a fine pre-show dining experience. You will have to try their signature parmesan breaded baby rack of lamb to really understand what heaven on earth means. They have a great wine selection to chose from and their desserts are simply out of this world. Prices are reasonable for its location. Great find!
Posted by Diasppointed West-Sider on 04/13/2007
After reading the reviews on this site and some other sources, I can't believe I ate at the same restaurant. The clams and veal were okay but nothing great, while the lamb tasted like slightly-gamey chicken fingers and the lobster on the pasta special was not very fresh. We all felt the service was lacking significantly (including no check-in on how the meal was or refilling of water), and given that this was after the threatre crowd (9:15), there is no excuse.
Posted by Lou D on 02/05/2007
I have been going to Nocello's since it opened. The food has been consistantly excellent as well as the service. I recommend it highly. For a pre-theatre dinner or just a excelent dinner, it's the best !!
Posted by crabg on 12/05/2006
We have been to Nocello's at least 5 times and each time the food has been outstanding. The service was terrific and the atmosphere is condusive to couples and small groups. The lamb and the ravioli were outstanding.