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“You wont leave here hungry!”

Nicola's Italian Kitchen
Ranked #4 of 105 Restaurants in Englewood
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Manasota Key, Florida
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“You wont leave here hungry!”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

My wife and I have been meaning to visit this restaurant for a long time, we have driven by many times and just ended up somewhere else for one reason or another. Last night we made a concerted effort and dropped by. It turned out to be a very good experience. The place was very busy which is a good indication of what we should have expected. My wife likes Italian food but being a dainty eater has never mastered the art of eating spaghetti. It always ends up getting slurped up and nipped off with sauce down her front LOL, however she was delighted to see that the spaghetti could be exchanged for vegetables. Myself (being a less dainty eater) dived right in to my chicken Parmigania and spaghetti which was absolutely delicious. My wife had chicken masala which she enjoyed with her veggies, she would have preferred a more richer masala sauce however it did not take away her enjoyment of the carefully prepared dish. The salad was fresh and tasty with a nice house dressing. Cost wise I consider $25 each for dinner and two drinks excellent value. Our waitress a pleasant middle aged lady (server #3) had us served in twenty minutes and was amazingly organised given the large amount of people she was serving. On observing the staff overall I noted everyone very busy with lots of good attitude, this always is an indication of a well run restaurant as the tone is established from the management down. We will definitely be back.

  • Visited April 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Authentic, Family, Owner Cooks Like You are in Her Home”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

If you're looking for fancy white linens, decorative plates and the price tag to go along with it, this is not the place for you. If you want to eat in a place that feels like you've just entered someone's home kitchen, then come on in! Nicola's is what it claims to be… family-run, (yes, the owner aka "Mom" to the manager, is in the kitchen with her son-in-law chef) authentic, and comfortable. The food is made to order, so don't expect pour-it-out-of-a-jar fast, but it's worth the wait if you do end up waiting longer than expected. The family doesn't put out false claims - they don't say it's going to be fast or fancy, they say it's going to be good and if you don't like what you've ordered, the owners do what they can to make it right. In this day of instant gratification expectations and the insatiable hunger to "tell the world how you feel" as fast as you can through social media, it's refreshing to walk into a restaurant dedicated to good old-fashioned eating surrounded by a little honesty, integrity and of course, garlic!

  • Visited March 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Authentic, Family, The Owner Cooks Like We're Guests in Her Home!”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

If you're looking for fancy white linens, decorative plates and the price tag to go along with it, this is not the place for you. If you want to eat in a place that feels like you've just entered someone's home kitchen, then come on in! Nicola's is what it claims to be… family-run, (yes, the owner aka "Mom" to the manager, is in the kitchen with her son-in-law chef) authentic, and comfortable. The food is made to order, so don't expect pour-it-out-of-a-jar fast, but it's worth the wait if you do end up waiting longer than expected. The family doesn't put out false claims - they don't say it's going to be fast or fancy, they say it's going to be good and if you don't like what you've ordered, the owners do what they can to make it right. In this day of instant gratification expectations and the insatiable hunger to "tell the world how you feel" as fast as you can through social media, it's refreshing to walk into a restaurant dedicated to good old-fashioned eating surrounded by a little honesty, integrity and of course, garlic!

  • Visited March 2014
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Rina R, General Manager at Nicola's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review, September 1, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! Such kind words make our job so rewarding!

Rina Remmers
Manager/owners daughter
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Exmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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“Perfect start to a vacation”
Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

We arrived from UK into Miami Airport, hired a car, drove up and went to this restaurant feeling hungry. We all had fabulous meals and the waitress was very friendly. Portions are generous. A great start!

Visited April 2014
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Rina R, General Manager at Nicola's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review, April 11, 2014
Thank you for coming in and giving Nicola's a try! So glad you enjoyed your experience and welcome to the U.S., enjoy your visit!
Teresa
Manager, Daughter of Founders Nick and Tina
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3 reviews
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“Home cooking, La Famiglia (Family)”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

Nicola's Italian Kitchen is by far the best Italian food in Florida, probably throughout the United States. It could've as well have been called Nicole's Family Kitchen. I am an Army veteran and have eaten Italian food in throughout the United States. Also being from the Northeast we know Italian food, i'm talking Federal Hill in Rhode Island, Boston's South End, and on Mulberry Street in New York City.
The thing that sets Nicola's apart is when you eat at Nicola's you are treated as family. They know your name they know what you eat, what you drink. My wife Mia likes her food spicy. When the order is put in at number 15 for spiciness, Hans the chef immediately knows who it is for.
I have to admit we eat there minimum two times per week . Never had a bad meal.
From management to the waitstaff, exceptional service. Great prices.
Do yourself and your family a favor and try it you will not be disappointed.
Al

  • Visited April 2014
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Rina R, General Manager at Nicola's Italian Kitchen, responded to this review, April 11, 2014
This is exactly our goal! Our guests are more like family and when you come to Nicola's, you may as well be coming into our home. Tina, Hans and and Ernie are in the kitchen cooking authentic dishes the best they can and hoping only that you enjoy them. We love that you come in so frequently and we love knowing how to serve you best. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. More importantly, thank you for serving our country, the country we are proud to live in and that has graciously afforded us the opportunity to share our love of Italian food with… our family.
Teresa
Manager, Daughter of Founders Nick and Tina
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