I visited Nicola's about 3 years ago while in town for the 1/2 marathon. My friend and I went back and forth about getting ready to do to dinner or just do something simple. We still talk today about how happy we were that we got ready for Nicola's. The atmosphere is very nice. They start you out with a bread basket that sounds simple but it was the BEST bread basket we has every had! Their pan fried gnocchi with truffle shavings and 4 cheeses is out of this world! I have yet to eat better gnocchi anywhere! There isn't much to rave about Cincinnati, besides their Flying Pig Half Marathon, but I would drive back there for another dinner at Nicola's in a heartbeat! Don't let the neighborhood or surroundings deter you from eating at this place.