I had high hopes for this place. I had heard the food was good and reasonably priced. I had a positive first impression: cute, small restaurant / cafe type of a place. We were immediately seated at 6pm on a Saturday and drinks were brought promptly. So far, so good. We ordered entrees: slice of pizza, lasagna, and chicken piccata - one of that evening's specials. The bread and olive oil were very good. Salads were brought out and they were fine. Nothing special: lettuce, 2 cherry tomatoes; 3 skinny slices of cukes; shaved carrots. The balsamic vinaigrette dressing was tasty. Entrees came next and that's also when the disappointment arrived. My chicken piccata was very, very bland. If I shut my eyes, I would not be able to identify it as chicken or piccata. No flavor whatsoever. The sauce was lumpy and jelly-like, and lacking in any taste normally associated with piccata: lemony-butter with the saltiness from capers. Nothing. The slice of pizza looked like it was standard Italian bakery fare. I didn't try it. I was told that the lasagna was good and took my spouse's word for it. I expressed my disappointment to the waiter who came back a few minutes later to explain that "Maria", who normally preps everything, didn't make the picatta sauce, so "Jason", who was working that evening, made it. I wasn't interested in having it remade, since it was obvious to me that the replacement would be just as bland and waiting would mean eating alone and holding up my party, so I passed on that offer. It's hard to say if I'll go back but if I do, I'll probably stick to the regular menu items, hoping that there won't be any surprises with them. I almost rated this 2 stars but after re-reading my assessment, I realized that the 1-star rating of "Eh" was most fitting to my experience.
If you haven't tried us, you must!!.
NICO & VALI is a fun, casual, full service Italian Eatery where food is made fresh using authentic Italian cooking methods. In addition to our menu of soups, salads, pizza, deli sandwiches and Italian style panini, we offer daily lunch and dinner specials. Our dessert case is full of tantalizing homemade and imported desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Pair your favorite with our fresh brewed organic coffee or choose from our menu of specialty coffees. No time to cook? Try one of our "Gourmet-To-Go" entrees. We've prepared a gourmet meal for you and your family to help with your busy schedule. Take the stress out of menu planning and let NICO & VALI cater your next event. We'll delight you and your guests with our traditional Italian favorites.
This Place is the Best.....
This place is an absolute hidden gem in Downtown Plymouth!! Not for long though.... Heard about them from several co-workers and finally tried them. WOW... Can't say I've had a mediocre meal there yet. Everything is fresh, prices are very reasonable, beautiful decor, and the staff there is great. You gotta try the vegetable lasagne. OUT OF THIS WORLD!! Love the outdoor patio. Also, they just added beer and wine.