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Nicola's Italian Restaurant

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5704 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403-4761
+1 910-798-2205
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I just dropped by to check their dessert menu & I got their like mini-doughnuts with choc sprinkles. Perfect for our coffee. Restaurant was not very busy but still receptionist had work to do. She was very accommodating to me in spite of her juggling work. She never left me hanging in their waiting area but made it sure she... More 

Thank CeeBeeGeeAhh
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Selfishly speaking, Nicola's needs to be kept a secret. Please don't try any of the fresh pasta dishes or you will be returning to savor every one of them, which may make it harder for me to eat here without a reservation. What ever you do DON'T ORDER the 6 layer Coconut Cake or there may be none left for... More 

Thank Anita J
Ft. Collins, CO
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

We went with a dining out group of approximately 40 people. After a getting acquainted period in the bar over wine and drinks, we moved to tables in the restaurant. My wife and I were seated with another couple. After about 15 minutes of sitting there, a waitress came to us and told us we had to move, since they... More 

1 Thank Tony R
Wilmingtonpasta, Owner at Nicola's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Tony I am Terribly sorry about your experience. I know I cannot do anything about it at this point other than apologize and explain. The dinning group seating was according to the number of people who RSVP to Joe. So we set the restaurant seating specifically for that many guests. What had happened without anyone knowing, not us or the... More 

Leland, North Carolina
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Let me start my saying that our server was very good and I have no issues with her. I came with a large group and we were told that there would be complimentary apps. The apps were garlic knots with sauce and not very many of them. They ran out rather quickly and were not replenished. I order saltimboco with... More 

Thank littlett
Wilmingtonpasta, Owner at Nicola's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Let me start by apologizing for the experience at Nicolas. There was 45 people in the dinning group we are speaking about, many of whom came early when other complimentary appetizers were available. we welcome guests to arrive 30 minutes early and enjoy themselves before sitting down and ordering dinner. The half pound of Veal Saltimbocca at the cost of... More 

Portland, Oregon
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217 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We stopped at Nicola's Italian restaurant on a quiet Sunday evening and had a remarkable experience. My husband had the grouper special, which was perfectly cooked and served on pasta with an Alfredo sauce. I had the ravioli Nicola, in a Parma Rosa sauce with sun dried tomatoes on top. It was the best ravioli I have ever had and... More 

Thank Lynne C
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

I really like Italian food, and this restaurant was not a disappointment. The waitress told us that they make their own pasta. We both had lasagna which was very tasty. Salad is not included, but bread and dipping oil is included. We went for an early dinner, so the place was not crowded. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere, the... More 

Thank Diane01S
Wilmington, North Carolina
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

The bread and dip is amazing, the food is all homemade. I love this family owned italian restaurant. I love that they brought the ovens over from Italy. It is hard to know what to order. My hubby always gets a steak. The coconut cake will feed your whole table and is a MUST TRY! But you gotta love a... More 

Thank CoachTee1
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I will agree with another reviewer, the decor does not match the food offerings.. however, a great meal. food is excellent with homemade pasta and sauces. Service was quick and friendly. I would go again for sure next time I am in the area.

Thank Cedii
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91 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Great Italian food. The atmosphere inside does not match the cuisine, as it has a bar/sushi feel. The food is delicious and affordable. The service is outstanding.

Thank Marlena R
Greensboro, North Carolina
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152 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Holy cow! Can't believe I haven't been here before this weekend. Fresh made pasta, real homemade desserts, amazing service, great atmosphere nothing short of perfect! If you are looking for traditional pasta made like your Italian grandma look no further! Will definitely be back when back in town!

Thank SummerJoConnor

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5704 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403-4761
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-798-2205
I grew up back and forth between Sicily and NY. I have great memories of Sicily. Especially my family and the great food. The food is made using fresh ingredients and with each bite you can taste the love that went into preparing it. That is what I want for patrons of Nicola's to experience. Each bite of each dish....fresh and delicious. Just the way true Italian cuisine should be. The pasta is made fresh in house daily. The bread is made fresh in house daily. And everything else, including the salad dressings are made fresh in house.

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