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Nicchio Ristorante

A Belmar, NJ Restaurant: Closed




Nicchio Ristorante
1000 Main St
Belmar, NJ
(732) 280-1132


Nicchio Ristorante, Belmar, NJ


Restaurant Rating Legend
Fine Dining

No Stars Below average
One star Average
Two stars Above Average
Three stars Excellent
Four stars Best in Class

Casual Dining

N/A= A casual dining eatery, not rated as a fine dining restaurant 

Nicchio Ristorante

Price Expensive
Fare Tuscan Italian

Restaurant Ratings

Overall Rating  

thumbs up Well prepared, innovative Northern Italian menu.

thumbs up Pastas are made daily on the premises.

thumbs up Decor and ambience are attractive and energetic.

thumbs downParking can be less than convenient during peak summer weekends.

Value: Very Good
Noise Level: Moderate --- except when jazz entertainment is on Friday evenings or when seated in the back of the dining area next to one of the two booths with a large group party.
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared northern Italian food in an attractive setting with full bar service.
Not Recommended For: Diners who may prefer old world Italian dining with traditional red sauce southern Italian dishes.
Recommended dishes: Seafood Rissotto; Osso Bucco; Gnocchi, and their home made desserts--- especially the Chocolate Praline Crunch with Caramelized Bananas and Espresso Gelato
Liquor: Good selection of reasonably priced wines and specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.

Restaurant Review

Opened in June, 2009, after many inconsistencies and a change in management, Nicchio Ristorante has now settled into being one of the top Italian restaurants in the Belmar, Jersey Shore area.

The interior decor is very attractive with Italian accents and without the typical Italian statues or walls adorned with prints of Italian scenes.

The centerpiece is a large, beautiful L shaped bar enjoyed by a vibrant young professional crowd. Several wide square columns are attractively done up with natural brick on the bottom half. Built in wine racks are neatly embedded in the walls and columns. Soft background music is played at the right level for ambience and enjoyable conservation.

The restaurant is operated by owner Dan DiCesare and General Manager Christopher Pica with the kitchen under the direction of Executive Chef Eric Yegelwel, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, who prepares a seasonally changing Tuscan style Italian menu.

The servings are creatively prepared using fresh ingredients. Although the limited menu offers a few traditional Italian items, there uniqueness comes with their innovative Tuscan dishes and daily specials that separate the quality and type of food they serve from the many other mediocre Italian restaurants in the Belmar area.

Service is very friendly, attentive and well trained. On occasion the friendly restaurant manager will stop by your table to ensure your dining experience has met your best expectations.

The restaurant offers many fine dining amenities including tables set with white linen. Glasses of wine are served in a small glass size decanter with a portion of the decanter poured into your wine glass properly filled to less than half full to allow for breathing.

Nicchio Ristorante offers patio, outdoor dining during the warmer months.

On Friday evenings there is live, soft Jazz entertainment.

Street parking is available and can be troublesome during the summer peak months.

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