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What's good there? We're going to a dinner there in two weeks and I'd like to get some ideas about what or what no to order. We rarely dress up for special occasions so I don't want to waste this one. The scampi dish with shrimp and crab looks interesting. I love scampi. I'm not a fan of thick pastas, I like angel hair or thin, lasagna is okay though. My husband loves it all so any recommendations are appreciated.

Thanks for the help!!!

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  1. It may be too boring for you, but their roasted chicken is their specialty and it is very good.

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    1. re: Lambowner

      Why are you trying to insult me?

      I love roasted chicken and prepare a great one myself.

      If you have something you want to hash out with me - texasredtop@gmail.com

      Thanks!

      1. re: texasredtop

        Sorry, don't even know you! Just thought that for me, a special night out would not likely involve roasted chicken. I would prefer something I don't do at home or is not readily available. That is all.

        1. re: Lambowner

          I apologize, I took it wrong. Anything delicious is never boring to me.

    2. I dined at Nino's about a month ago. It is a lovely, low key type of restaurant with excellent service. I was with a party of ten so many different dishes were enjoyed. I had the Antipasto Misto which had various cheeses, vegetables, and dried salami's. My main course was Salmone Peperanoto, which is a salmon dish with carmelized fennel and asparagus. It was quite delicious. Was too stuffed for dessert but they all looked wonderful.

      Nino's is the type of restaurant I would have loved to linger at. Enjoy.

      1. Ask if they have any stuffed squash blossoms. This is the right time of year and they usually have them if you ask. Delicious as a shared appetizer!

        Also I'll second their lemon roasted chicken. Can't go wrong there.

        1. Nino's has been a favorite of mine for close to 30 years. One of my favorites is their Capelline Marinara. Always a winner. Can be easily tempted away if they have Osso Buco on their specials for the night. Other great choices would include their Veal Chp "Best in Town" and the Salmon Peperonata. The chicken mentioned before is good however I'm a little like you and would prefer something else when driving the distance from my home for a special meal. Downstairs gives a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. The upstairs, if open, can be a little quieter. Always good service. I'm moving away from the area soon and this is one of the places about which I will always have fond memories of nice meals in a very friendly setting.

          1. I actually prefer Vincent's, which is right next door. Owned by the same people, I believe, but a little more of a trattoria vibe to it.

            1. Have been to Nino's for Valentines Day....quite nice but I agree that Vincents which is right next door is a little less expensive but has some of the same menu items as their sister restaurant next door.

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              1. re: htownjojo

                We are going to a private party so changing the venue is not an option. I was just looking for some ideas on what to eat. I don't usually eat dinner so I won't be able to get everything suggested. I am interested in the roasted chicken. But an appetizer would be probably be more than I could eat. Decisions Decisions!! :-) And I won't be able to try the desserts because we'll be having birthday cake. :-(

              2. The menu was preplanned and we had 3 entree choices. Considering that there were about 80 people there, my food was okay. I'll have to go back and try the roasted chicken, it wasn't available to us. The crab appetizer (looked like a crab roll) was so delicious. The red bell pepper bruschetta was also very yummy!!! I had the chicken parmigiana and it was okay. The shrimp dish which almost everyone else had was better. Shrimp, olives, artichokes on pasta.

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                1. re: texasredtop

                  That would be their Capelline Marinara and it is my "go to" dish at Ninos.

                2. The other really good dining option in the Nino's/Vincent's compound is Grappino di Nino. It is located behind the two restaurants and is just off the parking area. It has a great outdoor seating area, live music (a little schlocky but still nice) and many of the same dishes as Nino's and Vincent's but in smaller "tapas-size" portions. The food and ambiance are really first-rate.

                  1. Nino's is NOT a good place to eat ... you get better food at better prices down the street at Romano's.

                    Why this place is still in business? Bad food and lukewarm wine. "We keep the bottles near the stove", - said the Maitre d'.