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Nick & Stef's or Zucca before an opera? HELP!!

DFD May 1, 2008 07:26 PM

My husband and I are taking clients out to dinner and an opera. Both Patina and Cafe Pinot are closed for private parties. We need to go to a Patina Group restaurant (long story) so that leaves me with Zucca, Nick and Stef's or Kendall's. The clients are somewhat formal. I need both atmosphere and food--no concern for price. The Opera is at 7:30 end of May. Zucca has I nice patio (I think?) but across town. Any advice would be greatly greatly appreciated.

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    aventinus RE: DFD May 1, 2008 07:54 PM

    Haven't been to Nick and Stef's but have been to Zucca maybe 10 times. In my opinion the food is pretty lame overall but the atmosphere is very pleasant, and appearances are everything in life. It is not as good as Patina and Pinot.

    1. ipsedixit RE: DFD May 1, 2008 09:38 PM

      Nic & Stef's is better for your purposes. Just know that the menu is limited as it is a steakhouse.

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        jay 1 RE: DFD May 1, 2008 10:37 PM

        i disagree. for an opera, the setting at zucca will really get you in an elegant mood. at worst the food is inconsistent, but by no means lame. it depends on what you'd like to eat, but i've had as many unmemorable meals, if not more at nik's.....except for the sweet potato fries....always outstanding! i'd go to zucca.

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          rickym13 RE: jay 1 May 1, 2008 11:27 PM

          between the two...i would go with nick & stef's but if you are in the mood for pasta..

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            poggibonzzi RE: rickym13 May 2, 2008 10:46 PM

            I haven't eaten at Nick and Stef but Zucca would be a good choice for pre-Opera dinner. It is upscale without being stuffy. There is a patio but indoor seating may be nicer as the patio felt busy to me due to its configuration. Their pork shank with fagiole is excellent.

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          leetmom7 RE: DFD May 3, 2008 12:58 PM

          You're seeing Tosca - set in Italy, sung in Italian. Zucca if you want to stay with the theme!

          We eat at Zucca quite a bit before any of the Music Center shows and have no problem getting up there in time. They have easy parking just behind the restaurant. The time you save at Zucca vs. getting in and our of the Nick/Stef building will more than make up the few extra blocks (I wouldn't say Zucca was across town at all). We like Nick/Stef's too.

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