Nicola’s Restaurant is a favorite among locals in Cincinnati. Located in the hip, historic district, Nicola’s fits in well as it offers contemporary Italian food, an extensive wine offering, and unique dining areas in their restaurant. In addition to the impressive menu, Nicola’s has a reputation of offering warm and friendly service with a staff that works hard to accommodate the needs of each guest. Customers can be seated indoors or outdoors under beautiful greenery. All of the pastas, desserts, and breads are made daily by hand. Reservations can be made for special events and private dining.
Conceptualized by Chef Joshua Steven Campbell, a Cincinnati native, Mayberry and World Food Bar bring creative tastes to the community without ever pressuring the community to adopt creative eating techniques in return—traditional methods such as teeth and forks are acceptable. Mayberry's modest, warm atmosphere invites patrons to feast on fancified versions of classic comfort food such as the Sloppy Josh sandwich (slow-cooked beef with rosemary and spicy mustard, $7) for lunch, paired with a tater-tot casserole ($3). Transitioning palates to dinner hour are elegant small plates such as pepper-bacon-wrapped pork medallions sweetly accompanied by barbecue chickpeas and goat cheese ($10) and the restaurant's herbed flatbread with guava, kalamata olives, and feta cheese, which can be made with lamb or with minted tofu for vegetarians ($10).
A Vespa Ape might be a common sight on the streets of Cinque Terre, but less so on the streets of Cincinnati. So when you spot the bright blue utility vehicle, it?s a safe guess you?ve discovered Lucia, the Vespa Ape-turned-mobile espresso bar also known as Urbana Cafe. Daniel Noguera, Urbana Cafe's owner, takes Lucia for a spin around the city and parks at Findlay Market most weekends, sharing his hand-roasted coffees with the Cincinnati masses. The Italian-style coffee is also available by the pound, and gelato?not to mention espresso and gelato combined in the Affogato drink?can also be experienced.
One other thing that makes Lucia so special? The phrase ?coffee with a purpose? is written across the vehicle, hinting at Urbana Cafe?s commitment to sustainability, as well as its mission to aid the efforts of local dog-rescue organizations.
A Tavola is a pizzeria and bar in a league of its own. With its lovingly handmade wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and its vast selection of fine wines craft beers and unique cocktails A Tavola is Italian gourmet done right. Sophisticated menu items include the fig and prosciutto pizza the bacon tapenade with goat cheese and the eggplant sliders on blue-oven English muffins. Don’t let all of that fanciness intimidate you though- A Tavola pizzas start for as little as $10. Beautiful simple and yet classy A Tavola has you covered whether you’re looking to rekindle an old love or impress a first date with your knowledge of fine-dining places in Cincinnati.
Doughby's satisfies cravings for flaky stuffed pastries with its hearty calzones and crepes. Golden-brown calzone crusts hug chicken, pork, steak, beef, and vegetable fillings and come in 50 different combinations that quiet a rumbling stomach much more pleasantly than swallowing a pacifier. Twenty-six crepes hold similar savory fillings or sweet stuffings, such as Nutella, strawberries, and bananas. To satisfy late-night revelers, Doughby's stays open until 4 a.m. on the weekends.
Mac's Pizza Pub supplies mozzarella monomaniacs with scrumptious pizzas and booze enthusiasts with a pirate's treasure cove of cold beers. Voyage into spicy-hot lands by ordering the Mac-Attack pizza, a pie of hot ground beef, jalapeños, double pepperoni, and cheese ($13.79 for 12-inch). Or, create your own cheese circle by artistically arranging toppings of your choice in the shape of a dinosaur or crossing guard. Mac's pours frothy mugs of Bar Harbor's Blueberry Ale and locally brewed Mt. Carmel Nut Brown Ale from the tap, and the extensive beer list boasts a solid selection of bottled brewskies.