Nook is a traditional Italian restaurant on the West End that is known for the pizza and pasta. They do not take any reservations at all, so sometimes you will need to avoid the peak dining hours.
FoodPunk took me here to eat some delicious Italian food. I usually don’t go to the West End, but I can’t say no since she was paying and driving. It’s a good exchange since I give her a bit of web work and she buys me dinner.
The interior is narrow and does have limited seating. Sometimes there can be a line of customers forming outside. The interior is very dark and lit by red lights. It’s very romantic and it a good spot for a date.
The menu doesn’t have too many items, so decision making shouldn’t be too difficult.
Prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella ($16) is also drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper. The mozzarella was creamy and soft, which paired well with the salty prosciutto. Yum.
Gnocchi with Baby Meatballs ($17) was delicious. The gnocchi were like little soft pillows. Great taste and texture that meshed well with the meatballs and sauce.
Italian Sausage with chilis and sweet onion ($17) is thin and topped with the savory items. The chilis and sweet onion went well with the bits of sausage and cooked in a wood oven. You do get a bit of char on the crust and the bottom.
Affogato ($6) is a traditional italian dessert that consists of vanilla ice cream doused in hot espresso. I’ve never had this before, but I was glad I tried it out! If you are a coffee lover, go try this.
Pannacotta ($6) was creamy and topped off with a berry compote.
Overall, the food was good, but it can be seen as a bit expensive. The interior is small, so some of the tables were put a bit close together. Coming in large groups can be a bit difficult, so its best to come in 2’s or 4’s.
Words of Wisdom:
- Affogato and gnocchi is a must
- No reservations
- Dimly lit inside
- Street pay parking, but can be hard to find
We Rate Nook:
781 Denman Street