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“Missing a little something... but otherwise very good.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Nicolino's

Nicolino's
Ranked #1 of 36 Restaurants in Emsworth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Missing a little something... but otherwise very good.”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

We went to Nicolino's the night before the Great South Run, down the road in Portsmouth; they were very busy and almost fully booked so I don't know whether this was a representative experience.
Overall, the food was very good quality and very well presented with generous portions; it was a shame that we had to return one of the starters as it was covered in anchovies and fish oil, which weren't included in the description (which actually appeared to be a vegetarian option!)
The service was relatively slick and friendly without being particularly attentive (each time we needed something we had to try and attract someone's attention rather than someone checking to see if we were ok). There were a large number of waiting staff but they failed to operate as a cohesive unit with requests needing to be repeated more than once.
Overall we were happy with our meal but were surprised that we had been charged for the returned starter - when we explained that the dish was incorrectly described on the menu the waitress insisted on getting a menu and reading the description to confirm; she then pointed out that she wasn't aware of this issue (as though it was our fault) before asking what we wanted to do, rather than offering to take the item off the bill. The final resolution was fine but it made of an uncomfortable end to the meal which, unfortunately can completely change the overall experience.

  • Visited October 2013
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Petersfield, Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“60th Birthday”
Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Came here for the first time on recommendation of my brother who had been before, in order to celebrate fathers 60th.... Both parents had also previously visited.
The portions, no matter what course, are gargantuan in size... Can't fault the place so not going to, only thing i would say is read the dessert menu carefully, my pudding was "to share..." And.... I didn't.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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“Good, so long as you're not looking for intimate dining!”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

I recently visited Nicolino's for a family birthday. The food was good and the service was quick however I definitely think this restaurant is not for everyone.. the waiter was very dedicated and as a result, spent most of the evening with us, singing, making sure everyone had everything they could ever want and not always doing it as you would expect in most restaurants. Unfortunately, this slight chaos did result in a couple of peoples' orders being missed but I think it's okay so long as you're happy to go with the flow. The bill was reasonable and even with a tip, it came to less than I had expected to spend.

  • Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Don’t miss it if dining out in Emsworth”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Its was Goodwood Revival week, there were 6 of us and the restaurant was packed. They were extremely busy, yet we were looked after like we were old friends returning. Our orders were taken quickly and efficiently and soon the food began to arrive, and what a surprise that was to be. We had eaten in a number of restaurants in Emsworth ( from the over priced and Michelin stared to the, gastro pub ) over the years and none of them lived up to Nicolino’s in terms of service, and quality of food. I had the Melanzane parmigiana to start and the all’orientale for mains, and both were absolutely superb. One of our party, a committed vegetarian had the ricotta e spinaci and pronounced it the best she had ever eaten. The portions are huge, and there is a home cooking style feel to the dishes, however they are truly Italian and truly fresh and wonderful. Nicolino cooks himself and he came around to the tables afterwards to see if all was ok. The bill then cane, and what a surprise that was as well, this place offers exceptional food, ambience and hospitality for exceptionally good value. We ended up chatting to some locals who advised that Nicolino’s has a large local following and it tends to be booked up at weekends, so a reservation is recommended. Don’t miss it if dining out in Emsworth

  • Visited September 2013
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Haverhill, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“eat in style”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

the ambiance and staff were great and the food fantastic,will be going back again, if you want to eat in comfort and be looked after with that little personal touch this is for you

Visited October 2013
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