5704 Oleander Dr #102, Wilmington, NC 28403, United States
Review №1

A great experience from start to finish! The butternut squash ravioli was out of this world and my daughter loved the pesto penne. You can tell the pasta is homemade, it is scrumptious! Our server Emma was very nice. Would absolutely recommend & will definitely be back!

Review №2

This place was amazing! The portions are huge! They have great specials! We were do excited about dinner we forgot to take pictures of the food, but it was great! Dessert was good as well. Best part next to food was great conversation with owner/chef. Check it out!!

Review №3

Great service, reasonable prices, and phenomenal food!!I highly recommend Nicola's for amazing Italian cuisine!

Review №4

Our new favorite place to dine for exceptional Italian food.Great service, amazing presentation and flavors.

Review №5

We ordered 2 pizzas and they were amazing and the service was even better. Noelani was on point and very sweet. First time we have been out to eat in a while and we will definitely be back soon.

Review №6

My favorite Italian restaurant period!! Not much more to say about them! I love that everything, minus the gluten free options, are all made from scratch right there at the restaurant! Support your locally owned businesses especially if they are owned and operated by some of the finest people you'll ever meet!

Review №7

My overall experience was good. Customer Service was great. I had good food but I didnt like the meatballs at all not recommended but the manager was nice a friendly and Replaced it with Sausage that was amazing. Wonderful People and Good Vibes.

Review №8

Amazing food! I love the Mozzarella sticks for a starter, and the Chicken Carbonara is amazing for my main dish!Service was great and everyone was so friendly!This is now a local favorite!!!

Review №9

Food was sort of the quality I'd make at home and seemed to cater to an older or family crowd just wanting to eat food that wasn't going to make them sick.

Review №10

The atmosphere was excellent..the food was delicious and the service was fantastic

Review №11

Excellent food and service, even ordered a white pizza to take home.

Review №12

Wonderful fresh Italian food in a relaxing envrionment

Review №13

Great food. The bolognese was excellent. Goid service. Worth a visit.

Review №14

Not sure what happened to this place, I Have dined here many times last year and was shocked with how bland the food was.Chicken Picatta, Chicken was so bland, and very dry. I had an order of the little necks in white sauce, which was good so I poured the remaining sauce on my chicken to add flavor and some hydration. Pesto Penne was also very dry and lacking flavor. The portion was light to say the least. Pesto ravioli Was ok, but there were 5 raviolis in the order. This was a curbside pick up, If I dined in the food would have been sent back.

Review №15

One of the best restaurants in Wilmington for authenticity. Amazing food. The people here are truly passionate about what they do.

Review №16

Nicola's is a fantastic Italian restaurant. Very high quality food, reasonable prices, great atmosphere, fast and good back of the house.Our server was very attentive, never had to ask for a thing, and very sweet.

Review №17

Nicola's is always amazing, and their $25 family meals are are equally amazing. Generous portions and delicious. Family owned and run - Nick and Chrissie and family.

Review №18

18 dollars. For 2 pounds fresh pasta. What a rip off. Was not even good. Guess they r ripping people off cause of the virus. Stay clear of this place. Reporting to Roy cooper

Review №19

The food was very good and the staff was friendly and helpful.

Review №20

Dined here a couple months ago and was extremely dissatisfied. Got a salad and chicken carbonara. The lettuce in my salad was black and my entree was sickening sweet. Also my waitress had no idea what was going on.

Review №21

Great menu. Food was delicious. Even the bread for the table. Excellent service. Reasonable prices for a high end restaurant.

Review №22

The two dishes we has where amazing. We had a porkchop special that was enough for 2 people. Best special I have had in years. Bonus and ate at the bar. The bartender may have been the owner. So nice. What a great italian joint. Loved it

Review №23

So good complaints to the chef it was phenomenal I got the eggplant roll Tina

Review №24

We love this place, food is always very good, service is great , staff very friendly and helpful. Quiet peaceful setting, never had a bad meal yet. Oh and the bread !!! 5 Star for sure for us!!! Our server was Kaila and she was absolutely the best, great social skills and she knows the menu !!

Review №25

The meatsa pizza was good. Overall the food was decent. Prices seemed a little high for what you recieve. Tasted better than some other Italian restaurants I've been to. Also ordered a 16 oz. draft beer and the waitress gave me the beer with a lot of foam. Which made the beer only 12 oz. in the glass. Kind of a rip off for $5. So if you order a drink be prepared to be shorted. Waitress seemed to not have any answers for my party. Multiple times she had to go and ask someone else. Not sure if she was new or not.

Review №26

Presentation of food was good. Delicious food. Services was great. Everything was well organised. Staff were greeted the guest very well.

Review №27

Lovely atmosphere and tasty food. We look forward to returning soon.

Review №28

Amazing food at a reasonable price. The pasta is really something else.

Review №29

Awesome food, will be back soon!!

Review №30

Great from beginning to end

Review №31

The service was excellent but the quality of the food has gone down significantly.

Review №32

Thanks to the chef & staff at Nicola's. We had a Strouse family reunion for Mother's Day yesterday & it was wonderful. There were 10 of us but service was smooth as silk - thanks to Chrissy, our server. The charming chef provided us with delicious specials - many opted for the grouper special while the teenagers in the group enjoyed the wood fired pizza.Well done! We will be back soon!

Review №33

This place serves the best Italian food in Wilmington, hands down! We've been several times with a group of friends, they are always so friendly, service is great!Now, the important stuff. This pasta is made fresh daily! The food is all fresh made and authentic! Wife had the lasagna, I had the Bucatini Pescatore on this trip, the pappardelle with bolognese is phenomenal as well. Never had a bad or even mediocre dish!

Review №34

Well my family lives in Wilmington and I live in Boston. We went to Nicola's for my Mom's birthday. I found it from Boston on Google reviews. Clearly it is the best kept secret in town because we got in on a Tue night easily....if this were Boston you would need to book a rez a month in advance! Home made pasta to die for. I had the gorgonzola chicken which I compared to the one I had in France years ago. This chef made a fabulous Caesar salad and I know good from mediocre. This was amazing and I can't wait to go back!

Review №35

I like the servers and the host the chicken Carbonara Risotto was good the chicken marsala wasnt good to me it was supposed to be creamy there wasnt anything in it to make it creamy

Review №36

Very well prepared food and a beautiful decor

Review №37

Wonderful place to eat! I love the private room.

Review №38

My girlfriend and I ate at Nicola's for the first time before Christmas. We found the atmosphere to be quite pleasant and our server was quite attentive. At no point were we disappointed in any part of our experience there and we found the quality of the food, and portion size, commensurate with the price of the dishes.Our meals were fantastic. She had the Mahi piccata, which I believe was a special that night. I'm not much of a piccata fan but I even liked the taste as it did not have an overwhelming lemon flavor, which has been my experience with piccata dishes in the past.I had the manicotti and it was the best manicotti I've ever had in a restaurant outside of New York state and only second to my mother's. Three things made this an excellent dish. First, they're made in crepes, not in pasta tubes. Second, the blend of the three cheeses makes for a smooth and consistent texture and flavor. The filling was firm enough not to be sloppy but viscous enough not to be chewy. Third, and most importantly, and the part many places struggle with, it had an even temperature all the way through.And then we had dessert. My girlfriend ordered the tiramasu and I ordered the chocolate bread pudding. The bread pudding was better than I expected but the tiramasu was excellent! And the portion was huge - easily enough for at least 2 people!This is one restaurant on our "repeat list", and as 10+ year residents of this area we're wondering why it took us so long to go there in the first place.

Review №39

Great and authentic Italian food. I eat there frequently. My 9 year old son loves the food.

Review №40

Best Italian restaurant in Wilmington. Home made pasta great staff wonderful place .

Review №41

By far the best Italian restaurant in Wilmington! The bread pudding is a must have, especially if you like chocolate! Beef short ribs over risotto is another favorite. Service is spot on and the salads are great!

Review №42

On Friday might I was part of a large group that went to Nicolas for a late dinner. We arrived after 830 with a group of 45+ adults and kids, exactly what every server hates to see as the dinner rush is winding down but their staff was amazing, the food was incredible and a good time was had by all. The servers kept everyone in drinks, everyone's food came out in a timely manner, hot and correct. Unheard of for a group as large as ours and the end, every ones checks were correct as well. As a business owner I can appreciate how hard their entire staff worked for us and I highly recommend them for service and amazing food, the coconut cake is out of this world too. 5 stars.

Review №43

This place is awesome!! Food was excellent and the portions very generous. You can always expect good food when the owner is in the kitchen slinging the sauce. I would give 10's if I could.

Review №44

My root beer came with no fizz but they fixed it right away! Waiter was so nice service is great food is great I'm like a 4.5 stars tbh

Review №45

You can tell there food is made fresh in house. It is delicious and the atmosphere is noce.

Review №46

Best italian food and best service .love love love this place

Review №47

Amazing food, phenomenal mozzarella sticks and chicken parm. Great service, great atmosphere, just all around amazing. Prices better then Carrabba's and better food too. 10/10 will be back

Review №48

HANDS DOWN the best Italian restaurant I've ate at! I'd advise everyone to give it a try if you haven't yet at Nicola's ~Italian with a Twist! I ordered Freshly made mozzarella cheese sticks, caesar salad, and Mahi Piccata. Amazing experience! The food was so fresh and delicious! Atmosphere is amazing with a super friendly staff! I def will be back soon!

Review №49

If you are considering nicolas, DO It!!!! Fantastic and sophisticated atmosphere. Food was perfect and listen, when I tell you the chocolate bread pudding is one of the best deserts I've ever had... Also our server Haley did a fantastic job, she was very pleasant and made a very comfortable dining experience. One of the best spots in Wilmington.

Review №50

Some of the best Italian food I've had, good service, i highly recommend.

Review №51

Man I decided to stop at this little gem especially being small business and I am so glad I did. The pasta dish I had was out of this world. Most of the food is fresh and home-made. I so wish this was back in the Philadelphia area. I hope everyone checks this place out.

Review №52

Fresh & delicious; very reasonably priced. Amazing, AUTHENTIC Italian food! Highly recommend!

Review №53

Excellent vegetarian options (butternut squash ravioli, eggplant roll ups) and also the short ribs over risotto. Nice friendly server.

Review №54

Food was excellent! Service was good but they didn't have a bartender the evening we went and had to wait a while for them to find a server who could make a martini.

Review №55

Good service, great food

Review №56

One of our favorite Italian places. Hand made everyday. It is a hidden little gem that goes unnoticed too much. Get in and give them a try! You wont be disappointed

Review №57

Absolutely loved! The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. It was our first time eating there and we will definitely be going back! If you're looking for true, authentic Italian food this is the place to go! The atmosphere is so welcoming and friendly, the staff is wonderful! Thanks Chrissie and Nick we truly enjoyed our evening at your restaurant and meeting you both!

Review №58

Awesome,. Service and food. 12 in the party. We will return..

Review №59

I was extremely disappointed with my chicken cacciatore... The chicken was rubbery (and rubbery is a compliment considering the quality of this chicken) my pasta was way over cooked. The noodles had the consistency of over microwaved ramen noodles. and to top it off my wine glass had a dead nat stuck on it! I do not understand how the bar tender did not notice and wipe my glass. I heard the bar tender speak harshly to my server (which the server was actually the best part of the meal) Very uncomfortable environment. I truly believe the restaurant should have paid me to dine there.

Review №60

Great food! Awesome atmosphere!

Review №61

The absolute best Italian restaurant around. All pasta is made fresh daily! The bread is scrumptious and made in house daily. This place stays packed so that is always a great sign.If you get the chance to order their Rib-eye steak, it is worth every single penny they charge. This steak was so delicious I had to meet the chef who cooked this master piece!

Review №62

Very nice meal fresh made pasta

Review №63

There are no words on how great the food is here and how personable the staff was during my visit..Highly recommended!!

Review №64

Excellent food, friendly service!

Review №65

Absolutely fantastic! It's worth every bit of what it is. The service is absolutely wonderful and all the staff are so kind and friendly who make you feel so welcome. My family and I love coming here. Hands down the best Italian Food in Eastern NC! It doesn't get more authentic then this. Nicola's is a must!

Review №66

We went with a party of 12, and the food was prepared perfectly for everyone.

Review №67

The food was very good and it came out very quick. Service was very good as well.

Review №68

Nice low key environment, absolutely phenomenal food, and good service.

Review №69

We love the homemade pasta and the wood fired pizza! Every dish is prepared with care and the staff is always friendly. The chocolate bread pudding is my hubby's favorite. One of our best places in Wilmington. A real gem.

Review №70

Went with friends, had a good meal. Pasta was aldente

Review №71

Food was fantastic! Got the grouper with pasta special. Get the garlic knots & mozzarella sticks. Service also great!

Review №72

For the price not that great. $75 for two people to eat and one wine in one neat drink. Veal marsala what's not that great. Very plain no flavor one of the most expensive things on the menu should have been unforgettable for the price.

Review №73

Great pizza. Excellent Italian food.

Review №74

Love this place!!! The food is INCREDIBLE!!! AND THE SERVICE is top notch!

Review №75

Outstanding!! First time there. Will definitely be back many more times!!

Review №76

Steak was perfect service was spot on and coconut cake better brink help

Review №77

Home made pasta and sauces. Great customer service

Review №78

Very good food and very friendly staff! My leftovers were accidentally spilled and they made me a whole new portion. Would definitely recommend!

Review №79

Authentic Italian, made to order. So delicious. Have been many times, never disappointed. The staff is great too. Overall just a great dining experience.

Review №80

The best waitress Kayla

Review №81

Excellent food! The chicken gorgonzola is a must try.

Review №82

Great Italian food! Make sure to save room for the coconut cake, it's delicious!!

Review №83

Great atmosphere and food. Will be back!

Review №84

Very good food, environment and service. Expect to spend some money. Worth it

Review №85

Excellent Italian options, some with in house made pasta. Desserts are exceptional. Service is happy and nice. Wonderful place.

Review №86

Wonderful, well priced, homeade food. The pasta is so delicious and not dried. The difference is incredible you can taste each ingredient that it takes to make it. Wonderful atmosphere and staff as well.

Review №87

Nicola's is awesome!! Best ribeye steak and best pizza I've ever had in my life

Review №88

Ever been to New York City? They've got the best Italian food, right? Wrong. Real Italian food aficionados know that NYC has nothing on Providence, RI. I grew up a stone's throw from the place and have always had access to the gold standard of Italian food. Having said that...Nicola's Italian may not be better, but it's certainly on par. This small and chic little joint boasts some of the friendliest service and best handmade Italian food I've ever had. In fact, I think the Tiramisu is second to none. Once more Wilmington surprises me with its incredible foodie scene. Highly recommended, and definitely worth the above average prices. Molto buona!

Review №89

Excellent food! Homemade goodness!

Review №90

Best Italian food I have had to date. Dessert so delicious, after I ate my meal I still somehow ate the mountain of coconut cake. Well worth my time and money.

Review №91

Excellent food. Owner is very personable.

Review №92

We ate there a few hours ago and got two cheese pizzas. Coming from Boston i've been looking for a good pizza. All these pizzas places serve soggy pizza with cheese that has no flavor. The pizza was pretty good and the crust was excellent. A little bit more cheese and it could've been perfect. Excellent service by the way!

Review №93

What's not to love? Hey but seriously try the coconut cake and the pizzas are done in a wood fire brick oven. Every single time I come here I'm impressed. I'm on the keto diet and they have by far some of the best options for gluten free pasta and keto (ribeye steak). I had the chicken carbonara and I cleaned my plate. We also had chicken parm with house made pasta and Cesar salad very good. If you are not eating here twice a week you are missing out! Wish I lived in wilmington so I could eat pasta and stromboli every other day!

Review №94

The service is exceptional. The food keeps you coming back for more.

Review №95

This place is great. It was my wife and I first time and we really enjoyed it. Our waitress was awesome and the food was excellent. The only thing that I found a little strange was the cheese on the bruschetta. But it was good

Review №96

Excellent customer service. Delicious food. Beautiful facility. Doesn't get any better then Nicola's.

Review №97

Great Italian cuisine and incredible homemade pasta!! The service was superior and I would recommend anyone visiting Wilmington NC to make time for this stop.

Review №98

The atmosphere is very nice, food was excellent, staff was very attentive and nice.

Review №99

The food was great. The service was a little deficient. I'm hoping it is better next time we go.

Review №100

Perfect Braised short ribs

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  • Address:5704 Oleander Dr #102, Wilmington, NC 28403, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 910-798-2205
  • Caterer
  • Banquet hall
  • Italian restaurant
  • Pizza restaurant
  • Restaurant
Working hours
  • Monday:5–9PM
  • Tuesday:5–9PM
  • Wednesday:5–10PM
  • Thursday:5–10PM
  • Friday:5–9PM
  • Saturday:Closed
  • Sunday:5–9PM
Service options
  • Curbside pickup:Yes
  • Delivery:Yes
  • Dine-in:Yes
  • No-contact delivery:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Great dessert:Yes
Popular for
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible parking lot:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible seating:Yes
  • Alcohol:Yes
  • Beer:Yes
  • Cocktails:Yes
  • Coffee:Yes
  • Comfort food:Yes
  • Hard liquor:Yes
  • Healthy options:Yes
  • Kids' menu:Yes
  • Vegetarian options:Yes
  • Wine:Yes
Dining options
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Catering:Yes
  • Dessert:Yes
  • Seating:Yes
  • Bar onsite:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • High chairs:Yes
  • Restroom:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • Romantic:Yes
  • Upscale:Yes
  • Family-friendly:Yes
  • Groups:Yes
  • Tourists:Yes
  • Accepts reservations:Yes
  • Debit cards:Yes
  • Credit cards:Yes
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