Mini-Review: Nicola’s

DSC_0257 I posted a while back about Nicola’s Monday Night Neighborhood special, which Terry and I partake in more often than our waistlines would like, where we get their famous bolognese (seen also as the sauce for the lasagna at Via Vite).  The last time we were at Nicola’s, we decided to partake in dessert as well– something we rarely do on a Monday night, but the dessert menu’s siren song was irresistible (I think we may have been celebrating something, but I’m not really sure what…).  After much debate, we picked something we hadn’t tried before:  Cream of Ricotta and dark chocolate mousse.

It’s amazing to me how this dessert can be rich, yet light: it’s a luscious combination of a layer of ricotta cream, which has an Italian-cheesecake like flavor, but is light, creamy and custardlike, topped with a thick, rich, dark chocolate mousse.  The ideal bite has a bit of each– light contrasting rich, clean and creamy with a punch of rich, complex chocolate.  ThDSC_0263is is one of my new favorite desserts in town, and I’m glad my schedule is such that we haven’t been to Nicola’s in a couple of weeks– I’d be too tempted to order this dessert again.  Don’t forget some of the most gorgeous raspberries I’ve seen in winter, and tiny tuille cookies– it’s perfect to share. It’s not often that I beg for recipes, but I would totally beg for this one. Try it out!

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  • Terry Lee

    My God, that looks beautiful!

    • julie

      The pasta or the dessert? I think they’re both darn gorgeous plates of food.

      • Terry Lee

        both…but especially that dessert.

  • MtAdamsReader

    Nic has started a three-for-$30 Thursday special — salad, designated entree, dessert. Maybe that glass of goodness will show up on it.

    Awaiting your take on the CincyMag list…

  • Katie Moeller

    Julie –
    I live upstairs from Nicola’s and just went for the first time on Valentine’s – we ordered the same dessert and I am so glad someone else thought it was as divine as we did! I really like your blog and visit it often, I could never keep track of it all, but I’m glad you do :) hope you are well.