Ballwin >Food & Dining > Nicoletti's Steak & Pasta
1366 Big Bend Sq Shop Ctr, Ballwin, MO | Directions 6302138.566734 -90.497618
Lunch: Tue - Fri, 11am - 2pm; Dinner: Mon - Thu, 4pm - 9pm; Fri, Sat, 4pm - 10pm; Sun, 4pm - 9pm
This week I went to both this one and their "sister" cafe on Dougherty Ferry. This one was closed/locked when I got there a half hour before they were supposed to be closed. The cafe door was unlocked but when I went in, I was informed that they closed an hour before their closing time, and that the other location should have called ahead to check that for us!
Our Family's Favorite Restaurant. – Good food - good service - great portions - friendly atmosphere. The only "less-than-perfect" meal I've ever had has disappeared from the menu (I didn't say anything!).
My wife's favorite is the crab stuffed steak medallions. Mine is the tutto mare. But occasionally we branch out for new experiences.
Best steak & pasta in St Louis – This is our most favorite places in St Louis of all, we go here for every special occasion we want to celebrate and have never had bad service and have spoken to the owner on several occasions!
Frustrating experience – The evening started out OK. We were seated quickly. The waiter was not the friendliest person I've ever had. Then when the food was brought out, I discovered I was brought the wrong dinner! Of course it took a while to get his attention to bring me out the correct dinner. Food was good, but it took over 25 minutes after we were done eating to pay for our meal. I went to the waiter to let him know we were done and in a hurry to pay, and it stll took 20 minutes to finalize payment (as we were charged for a salad we didn't order). So, wrong food, charge for something we didn't order and it took way to long to settle our bill, making for a very frustrating experience.
Terrible Service! – My friends & I (party of 7) met after work for a small Christmas gathering. Several of us arrived a bit after the rest of our party & we had to go to the bar ourselves to order our drinks because our waiter couldn't be bothered to check back on our table. When he took our orders, his attitude was nothing short of just plain snotty. There are many other restaurants in the area where I'm sure we will received much better treatment. For our next outing, we will head to one of those instead.
Delicious food and great service. – I love the friendly atmosphere. It’s the only place in St. Louis I know where the owner comes and shows you great hospitality. You always get good portions and the food is excellent. I recommend the Chicken Parmesan or the Steak Modega. If you don’t know good Italian food stay at the Olive Garden but come to Nicoletti’s if you want the real deal.
Worst Dining Experience of my life!!! – I have never written an online review before but I feel compelled to do so in this case. I am not a food snob but Nicoletti's was the most overpriced (my meal was $25), disgusting food I have ever eaten. I had heard rave reviews about this restaurant and the place always seemed to have lots of cars in the parking lot, so I thought it would be a safe bet. My friend ordered the special (prime rib) and I had the chicken speideni. My speideni was at least somewhat edible...her prime rib was disgusting. It tasted like canned meat and appeared to have been microwaved?? The bread was terrible, the salad was mushy, and the pasta tasted worse than Chef Boyardee. I considered refusing to pay for the "meal" but the staff were so curt that I decided it best to just be through with the meal and get out as soon as possible. Perhaps this restaurant was good in the past and I just visited on an off'-night, but based on some of the reviews I have read, it looks like it is par for the course. Diner beware! And believe me, I will never take dining advice again from the folks at work who raved about this restaurant. What a disappointment. I wish I could give Nicoletti's negative stars.
TOP NOTCH RESTAURANT, ACROSS THE BOARD!!! – If possible, I'd give Nicoletti's TEN stars! Not sure what the negative reviews are referring to, since every time we go the owner comes to the table to welcomes us and chat for a few moments. Every time we visit Nicolleti's, our favorite place to dine on special ocassions, we leave satisfied, happy, and VERY full. Everyone we refer has raved about the experience. I can't speak for others who may be accustomed to mom or dad plopping the supper down on the table, but if I'd grown up eating this kind of culinary treat every night... I'd be a fattie!
ZERO STARS FOR THIS ONE – Food was not very good and the service was horrible! We tried to get help from the manager but he was very defensive and aggressive. We all at our table of eight voted he was inebriated and laughed it off. We were told by another table that was having the same problems that that was the owner! In these tough times, how does a place that treats customers like garbage stay in business?
Best Lasagna I've EVER HAD! – My family and I LOVE Nicoletti's and have never had a bad experience there. The food is amazing and no one we take there is ever disappointed. I almost always order the lasagna because it is THE BEST I have ever had but anything with red sauce at Nicoletti's is great. I love the sweetness and flavor of the sauce. Another one of our favorites is the Tutte Mare (seafood pasta with cream sauce). We have also had the Canelloni, pizza and a couple of the chicken dishes, all of which were very good. They give very generous portions of most entrees which usually provides for leftovers or makes it possible to share a meal. Their salads are also amazing. Kind of a typical, basic Italian salad but very good. I can't comment on their steaks, but when I eat Italian I don't go for the steaks. For me, good Italian means good sauces and they definitely have that here. The ONLY complaint I have about the restaurant is that their "non-smoking" section doesn't seem to be inforced. There have been numerous times we've been to the restaurant and had to request to be seated in the back room because of smokers towards the front. The back room has always been smoke free and a nice area to sit in.
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