Nicole's Italian Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 22153 Fm 1314 Rd

    Porter, TX 77365

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  • 281-354-4242

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Excellent food and a wonderfull place. I had a party of 24 . The service was great and the food was great. We'll be back soon.

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Excellent food and a wonderfull place. I had a party of 24 . The service was great and the food was great. We'll be back soon.

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My first clue that this was NOT a quality restaurant was when they brought out the bread and olive oil. The bread was thinly sliced, white sandwich bread, tasteless and dry. It was barely warm, with no aroma.

The olive oil was cheap light olive oil, NOT extra virgin. It was a pale yellow, with no flavor or aroma. It was heavily saturated with a salty spice mix, likely to disguise the cheap olive oil.

We came here expecting to have a romantic, enjoyable anniversary dinner, but left greatly disappointed and frustrated. Terrible food, and worse service.

The Veal Scallopini was described in the menu as "Sauteed with mushrooms, Onions, Artichokes, Tomatoes and capers in a lemon white wine butter cream sauce." When I received my dish, it had no trace of "butter cream sauce," but rather a thin, sad marinara sauce of sorts, more like a can of crushed tomatoes dumped over my angel hair pasta. I called the waitress over and politely inquired as to why there was no butter cream sauce, but rather a marinara sauce. I explained that the menu did not state that the dish contained a marinara sauce, and I would not have ordered it had I known that fact. The waitress began to argue with me and explain that there was, indeed, a cream sauce on the veal. I picked the dish apart and I and my husband inspected it, but there was no trace of cream sauce to be found. Finally, she removed the dish, showed it to the owner, who then brought the dish BACK to our table and rudely asked what was wrong with it.
After we explained again to the owner what was wrong, he refused to admit that either the dish or the menu desription were wrong. He did not offer to replace the dish, or simply add on the "cream butter sauce." I then decided to ordera simple "Mama Italiana Soup," thinking, how can they mess up a soup? I was wrong. The soup came out (after about 15 minutes) scalding hot with a yellow film on top like what comes out of a can of chicken noodle soup. The noodles were soggy, the carrots and celery were complete mush and everything just fell apart before I had barely closed my mouth. The "chicken" pieces were little perfectly square bits of "pressed" chicken meat - identical to canned chicken noodle soup. It was, in a word, horrendous. After two bites, I had completely lost my appetite. I was sick of arguing with the staff, so we paid for the soup and my husband's dish (which was reasonably good) but did not leave a tip, and told the owner to tell his wait staff not to argue with customers.
We also asked where the chicken for the soup came from and the owner replied, "We prepare it here." Yeah, right. His overall attitude was extremely rude and abrasive, as well as the female waitstaff. We will NEVER patronize this restaurant again.

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★☆☆☆☆

My first clue that this was NOT a quality restaurant was when they brought out the bread and olive oil. The bread was thinly sliced, white sandwich bread, tasteless and dry. It was barely warm, with no aroma.

The olive oil was cheap light olive oil, NOT extra virgin. It was a pale yellow, with no flavor or aroma. It was heavily saturated with a salty spice mix, likely to disguise the cheap olive oil.

We came here expecting to have a romantic, enjoyable anniversary dinner, but left greatly disappointed and frustrated. Terrible food, and worse service.

The Veal Scallopini was described in the menu as "Sauteed with mushrooms, Onions, Artichokes, Tomatoes and capers in a lemon white wine butter cream sauce." When I received my dish, it had no trace of "butter cream sauce," but rather a thin, sad marinara sauce of sorts, more like a can of crushed tomatoes dumped over my angel hair pasta. I called the waitress over and politely inquired as to why there was no butter cream sauce, but rather a marinara sauce. I explained that the menu did not state that the dish contained a marinara sauce, and I would not have ordered it had I known that fact. The waitress began to argue with me and explain that there was, indeed, a cream sauce on the veal. I picked the dish apart and I and my husband inspected it, but there was no trace of cream sauce to be found. Finally, she removed the dish, showed it to the owner, who then brought the dish BACK to our table and rudely asked what was wrong with it.
After we explained again to the owner what was wrong, he refused to admit that either the dish or the menu desription were wrong. He did not offer to replace the dish, or simply add on the "cream butter sauce." I then decided to ordera simple "Mama Italiana Soup," thinking, how can they mess up a soup? I was wrong. The soup came out (after about 15 minutes) scalding hot with a yellow film on top like what comes out of a can of chicken noodle soup. The noodles were soggy, the carrots and celery were complete mush and everything just fell apart before I had barely closed my mouth. The "chicken" pieces were little perfectly square bits of "pressed" chicken meat - identical to canned chicken noodle soup. It was, in a word, horrendous. After two bites, I had completely lost my appetite. I was sick of arguing with the staff, so we paid for the soup and my husband's dish (which was reasonably good) but did not leave a tip, and told the owner to tell his wait staff not to argue with customers.
We also asked where the chicken for the soup came from and the owner replied, "We prepare it here." Yeah, right. His overall attitude was extremely rude and abrasive, as well as the female waitstaff. We will NEVER patronize this restaurant again.

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Nice crowd, excellent food and live music on Friday night's. Restaurant seems to have the right concept to cater to family and business. The food is just like being in Italy.

I will return soon.

4
★★★★☆

Nice crowd, excellent food and live music on Friday night's. Restaurant seems to have the right concept to cater to family and business. The food is just like being in Italy.

I will return soon.

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I visited the restaurant we were very impressed with the quality of food, service and a good crowd. Their homemade Lasagna is very good and the Nicole's Bueno Special seems to be Nicole's signature dish. I will recommend to all my friend try this establishment.I like the concept of the restaurant and will visit them again before I go to any Italian chain restaurant.

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★★★★☆

I visited the restaurant we were very impressed with the quality of food, service and a good crowd. Their homemade Lasagna is very good and the Nicole's Bueno Special seems to be Nicole's signature dish. I will recommend to all my friend try this establishment.I like the concept of the restaurant and will visit them again before I go to any Italian chain restaurant.

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Nice place in the middle of nowhere. You really have to want to go there. If this restaurant was located withing five miles of any sizable population it would be popular. The food is very good and the owner seems to do most of the serving so the service is also very good. It's almost like a farmer has tried to convert his aged farmhouse in the country into a fancy Italian restaurant and forgot he needed a customer base. I like it but I can't justify going unless I'm on my way from Kingwood to Conroe at dinner time.

4
★★★★☆

Nice place in the middle of nowhere. You really have to want to go there. If this restaurant was located withing five miles of any sizable population it would be popular. The food is very good and the owner seems to do most of the serving so the service is also very good. It's almost like a farmer has tried to convert his aged farmhouse in the country into a fancy Italian restaurant and forgot he needed a customer base. I like it but I can't justify going unless I'm on my way from Kingwood to Conroe at dinner time.

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