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“Lovely Dinner.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nazzaro's Italian Cuisine

Nazzaro's Italian Cuisine
196 Retreat Village, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
+1 912-634-6161
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Price range: $13 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Since 2000, we've been serving traditional and innovative Italian-American cuisine with the integrity and warm hospitality only a neighborhood restaurant can offer. We have since become an Island institution and we are proud of the fantastic following we've had all of these years. If you are new to Nazzaro’s Italian, welcome! We look forward to having you at our restaurant.Want to escape to Tuscany but can’t? Then run over and enjoy our sights, smells, and tastes for a mini escape.When does a restaurant become more than just a great meal? When does eating out become a great experience? From the beginning, our passion for food and wine has guided our mission - conserving traditions and modernizing concepts with quality being our top priority. The waiters and bartenders, whom you will know by name, are always affable and ready to please. The ambiance in our Bar is lively and trendy, as we have always considered social interaction and fun to be an integral part of the dining experience. Come enjoy the warm, comfortable environment that our Main Dining Room provides which invites friends and family to relax and enjoy each other over a great meal, it's a little celebration of the good things in life, every day. Taste the excitement of St. Simons' authentic Italian restaurant. We'll pleasure your palate with a dozen types of pasta dishes as well as sumptuous chicken, veal, steak and seafood. Our tantalizing desserts complete a meal made notable by superb service. Enjoy nightly fresh seafood specials such as Hazelnut Encrusted Snapper, Blackened Mahi Mahi and local Georgia sweet Shrimp.Enjoy our new full service bar with an extensive wine list. Bar Hours have been extended....we will stay open as long as we have bar mates!!!! In addition to a new bar, we now offer an outside seating area. Take out, and children's menus also available. Reservations suggested. We offer a private dining room that provides the perfect setting for your wedding rehearsal dinner, group meeting, family reunion, or other event. Your group of up to 30 can have privacy, and comfort while dining at Nazzaro's.Join us for an unforgettable evening and let your taste buds dance! We welcome you to come and enjoy your next meal with us. We love what we do and so will you!Rich Nazzaro, Co-Owner & SommelierJohn Wirtz, Co-Owner & Chef
Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
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200 reviews 200 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Lovely Dinner.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We went there on saturday night for dinner - make reservations - we had them and were seated in a minute - however we heard that there was a 2 hour wait without reservations.

We went in directly for our main course as we were not too hungry - I had the Vegetable ravioli which was amazing - and my wife had the gnocchi in Gorgonzola sauce. The gnocchi was a tad bit bitter. My 3 year old had the fettuccine Alfredo and it was the best alredro sauce i have had - wonderfully seasoned.

do make room for dessert - we had the banana cheesecake wrapped in a tortilla - lightly fried and served with ice cream - it was heavenly - we were literally licking our spoons :)

The cocktails were pretty good too - my wife had the chocolate martini while i had a couple of mojitos and they were good.

The service was prompt - non intrusive yet very attentive.

we would definitely go back again

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Valdosta, Georgia
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Ok but could be better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The restaurant is nice looking. Seated quickly and attentive waitress (but who failed to tell us the specials - we only knew they existed when we heard the waiter tell another table). The food was ok italian. The bruschetta was a disappointment (ask what is on it - we assumed standard tomatoes but it is not). Meals were a good size.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Bad service, no flavor”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Good looks and lots of potential but we had awful service and our food was tasteless. Our poor waitress ad no clue what she was doing and took all night to get things accomplished. I will say the other servers looked like they were on the ball and served a table of 12 quicker than our table of 2. But I'm not blaming out experience on bad service, the good was tasteless. We both ordered shrimp dishes that were straight from the freezer and had absolutely no flavor, and neither did the pasta. The only thing that saved us was a good glass of wine. Way to expensive and drawn out for the poor quality of food they brought to the table.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Golden Isles of Georgia, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great food, Staff, and Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Went with friends, who had a two year old. Not only was the food excellent, but the staff catered to us with a toddler in an incredible fashion. An up class setting, the staff was incredible patient, attentive and understanding. The other patrons as well were patient and understanding with our visit. Price are reasonable as well.

Visited June 2014
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Could be Better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Nazzaro's just remodeled and it looks better than before the remodel. We went with friends and were pretty disappointed by both the service and the food which we all thought was better in the past. We entered in the bar and asked about Happy Hour and the first person didn't know if they had one and the second person knew they had one but didn't know the details. Not a big deal but just a sign they either weren't well trained or didn't care.
The food was a little over priced which would have been OK if it was really good. My lasagna was not good. Pasty and the marinara tasted like it came out of a jar. Very bland. My wife had chicken and it was not great either. We will pass on this place for a while and we are locals.

Visited May 2014
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