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8801 Leadmine Rd, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2761535.905198 -78.657247
WOW WOW WOW! – I swear the food was shipped over directly from Italy to my table in minutes! Such an upscale atmosphere with just amazing food. I've only been 3 times as its not very close to my house but I crave the food every day. I have also had the courtesy to meet Nina herself who honestly must love what she does because it shows in her food. Best Italian food in Raleigh!
The BEST Italian in Raleigh – We have loved this restaurant since it opened. The food is great and wait staff wonderful. Excellen atmosphere and price is very reasonable. Go...no RUN to Ninas for a great meal.
The Worst ristorante experience – We went there Friday night. Went to the bar, had a great bottle of wine. We met the great bartenders and were finally seated. That was it, completely forgotten about except for the staff member that filled our water glasses. Waited and waited for a waiter to at least acknowledge he would be serving us, nothing. We decided to leave and on the way out we told a staff member we were leaving and would never return. You should have seen the look on his face! Then went to Bruno's in Wake Forest and had the best steak and experience ever in a restaurant. Don't bother with Nina's.
Nina's, a jewel – Everything about Nina's is special. The staff are top notch. The ambiance is lovely. The place has great energy and spririt. The food is always super fresh. Then, Nina adds love to her dishes. We will return time and time again. A great time!
Penne Vodka w Chicken – We love Nina's -- it is also a great option for take out -- call in order and pick it up at the bar.
Impromptu Family Fun! – It started out with just me and two of my kids and as texting goes, another one joined us 30 minutes later, followed by another one after that. The waiter was great and accomodating, working with the kitchen for timing our food and adding extra chairs and place settings. The salmon and crab special was fabulous and, because everything is made to order, my son was able to have the Polla Donna Anna without mushrooms with out a fuss!
Of course, the wine pairing was excellent as usual.
(Michael was our waiter, by the way) I highly recommend him and Nina's for any occasion.
Truly the "Special Occasion" Place – Our family goes here for that special occasion. Both kids always pick Nina's for birthdays, etc.. Atmosphere and service truly compliment the fare! Bellisimo!
Horrible Service – I ate there with my family and ordered a creamy spinach soup and an angel hair pasta mussel dish. The soup was overly salted and bad, and the pasta was not flavorful at all.
I would reccomend another restaurant called Bella Italia.
I can over look food since I have ordered wrong in the past, however I got a wine glass that had lipstick and my sister got a wine glass that had bits of food in it. Since the restaurant was not good and our waiter made us wait for half an hour I would not recommend this place.
Hello, Chris! Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I always appreciate hearing how we are doing, especially if you are disappointed. It must have been one of those days. I have never heard of dirty glasses before in my restaurant!!!! I hope you will come back and give Nina's another try. Please call me and let me know when you do, so that I can personally greet you and make sure you enjoy the fine dining atmosphere and my own authentic Italian cuisine!
Pretty Close to Italy – Having lilved in Europe for 14 years I'm very picky about italian food. Nina's was super close to the real thing taking into account the fact that the raw materials they have to work with here in the US are not the quality of Italy. I have dined there twice in two months once eating at the bar which the bar tender/waitress in this case was extremely attentive. Both times the featured item sounded amazing and was when it came. However the last time we ate there we waited for a table in the dining room.(about 15 min we had no reservation) The service in that area was lack luster. My expection of service is typically based on meal price. Being that they are in the higher end I expected and hoped to see a more polished service, less excuses and better timing. Salads should never come before app, and if you say I'll bring you some bread out "do it" don't make me ask for it. Bottom line go on a slower night, feel free to order the special and sit at the bar!!!
Hopefully one day they will move to a larger place, but only if the kitchen staff can continue to turn out the amazing food they are now. Thank You
The Finest Italian Food in Raleigh – I am astonished at some of the reviews I'm seeing. I have eaten there 4 times and will continue to dine there because the food is authentic, cooked perfectly, and the service is unbeatable. Every detail has been looked after, from the ambiance, the personal attention you receive from the waiters, to the food itself. The wine list is extensive, and just in case you want something that's not on the menu, they can accommodate your request.
If anyone would ask me where to go for a "fancy" night out and wanted authentic Italian, I would wholeheartedly recommend Nina's!! It's definitely the best in Raleigh.
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