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Nidos Downtown

111 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701·301-624-1052

Reviews (71)

Betsy G

This is my favorite Italian restaurant. We usually go there every couple of weeks and have been going there for years. I compare every other Italian restaurant that I go to to Nido's and I haven't found any that I like better. It isn't fancy but the food is always good. Most of the waiters are good but it is true that a couple of them can be a little slow, especially if they are very busy.

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March 22, 2012

Mike

Not going back. Everything is ala carte, but is only of moderate quality. The price is high relative to the value. Food was okay once it arrived. Two tables seated after the three of us ordered, were served and paid before our food was delivered. The owner was rude when we questioned when our meals might arrive. Also, no apology from the waiter for the delays. Olives and IL Porto (both just around the corner) are better values.

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November 12, 2011

dave

Best Italian around. Great food, prices are reasonable and the service is unmatched. A gem in downtown Frederick, my favorite place to eat.

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July 23, 2011

Anonymous

food is excellent every time we go, the place isn't upscale or fancy but it's cozy and inviting if you go at the right time. We wish it had stayed a secret but now it gets very loud and crowded on certain nights. My daughter and fiance came in from NY last winter and they loved the place and the food we had a great time and the waiter was excellent.

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June 27, 2011

Taylor

I loved the food and the service was great! I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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December 28, 2010

V

BTW I wish they did not use plastic tablecloths (it loves to stick to your legs if you have shorts/skirt on)...it really de-classes this cute place as well as the plastic red cups...I felt like I was at pizza hut.

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August 20, 2010

V

Love Love the red sauce. I will go back when I am in town...just to buy a jar of the sauce.

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August 20, 2010

Phil & Nicole

We are members and LOVE IT!!!

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March 18, 2010

White Pizza Freak

There is nothing bad to say about Nido's! The staff is always friendly and attentive. The food is consistantly good. The white pizza is the best anywhere. The prices are reasonable. A definite must dining experience!

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January 11, 2010

Karen

My hubby and I reserve one night a week as "date night":) Both of us enjoy ethnic foods (food;) and have perused Frederick options of Clay Oven, Thai Rice, Viet Aroma...etc. I "discovered" Nido's one afternoon as I exited the library. I say discovered because I have lived in Frederick for 22 years (embarressed blush). It really is a hole in the wall restaraunt where we were transported from small town Frederick to little town in Italy. I, personally, was charmed by our friendly, non talkative, but exceptionally attentive waiter. The wine was served in carafes (love the authenticity!). The old wine bottles are used as candle stems. As clientel enter, they are ushered to a table, a candle is brought and lit. In my mind romantic music is playing... As mentioned, Nido's is a pasta place. Don't go there for green stuff. The portion sizes are authentic one person serving sizes:) Go to Olive Garden for your bottomless soup bowls. I had meat/chz tortellini drowned in Alfredo sauce. My husband had the clam sauce over pasta. Both were delicious! Mine was the best;) It was apparent that the pasta was the real McCoy and meant to be eaten soon, so I did. After dinner, I chose a cheesecake and coffee. My husband opted for the Tiramsu...he chose wisely...it was everything tantalizing to the tastebuds! I specified that I wanted decaf coffee and real milk and the waiter brought out FRESH (a rarity)decaf coffee and a seperate cup of milk. We stayed for at least an hour and a half, talking, enjoying the ambiance and the food. Normally, we leave a restaraunt and just go on to the next thing. This time, strains of "When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie...Thats amore" were floating through my head. It was such a good experiance, that we repeated it the next two weeks, took a two week sabatical and then returned again. Upon returning, the waiter greeted us in his friendly way and eagerly served us again. We have had a different waiter whose personality appearred to be the antithesis of his. Not so! Even though one was all smiles and warmth, they both did their job well. One last charming moment...when I asked the second waiter if the coffee had free refills, he was confused..."what is that?"...he asked. Clearly a non-Nido's concept:) My mother watches our 4 month old, so I have experianced the romantic side of Nidos; Nidos is definetly for lovers!!! Today we take the in-laws there with our little bambino. I will taste first hand the family environment. If you are looking for a place to take your girl (and she doesn't mind eating real food with real calories;) than try Nidos.

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January 1, 2010

Roger

This restaurant has the best spaghetti sauce I've ever tasted. The problem with it is that once you've tasted it no other spaghetti sauce comes close. They sell it at McCutcheon's and other places around Frederick. I always stock up on it when I'm in town. And the WHITE PIZZA is to die for!!!! I'm still trying to get the recipe from Ralph. Great food, great service, reasonable prices. What's not to like? It's definitely the best Italian food around!!!

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October 18, 2009

Matt

Simply put Nido is very simple, very good food. While I can do a fairly good Eggplant Parmesan and White Pizza at home, it's still not Nido. If you love the Olive Garden, and Macaroni Grill then stay away you probably won't like this place, very Italian and very Mediterranean. Yes I've had the Tortellini and it's not very good. However the best things on the menu are the White Pizza (make sure you get Marinara Sauce for dipping), The Eggplant, and the Baked Ziti. I wish I could give you more details on the current menu but I moved out of the area 12 years ago, and haven't had a meal there in about 5 years. As long as Ralph (the owner) is still there, he makes the sauces fresh every morning, it will be great. It is the best Italian food I’ve had, period.

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July 20, 2009

Rick

After reading all these good reviews, I guess we were expecting something, well, special. It was okay, but the menu was unexciting. Spaghetti and ziti and ravioli -- the stuff you get at a thousand Italian restaurants, good and bad. The sauce was not memorable and the ambiance was plastic grape vines. The problem is that we moved here from a very Italian area. We love Frederick but do miss the good Italian restaurants.

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March 31, 2009

Ginger

THE MARINARA and SPAGHETTI SAUCE IS THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD!!! I buy it in jars ($6) every time I visit. The sauce has absolutely NO sugar in it, and it is very tangy and just absolutely delicious. My husband and I have been going to this restaurant regularly for six years. The eggplant parmesean is melt in your mouth good. The Shrimp FraDiablo is VERY spicy and good as well. I recommend ordering extra sauce. No, the wait staff is not from Italy. It doesn't matter. They are so kind and friendly. Do not expect great service as if you are at a fine dining restaurant. They do not visit the table many times to ask if you need anything, and it does take quite a while to get your check. But, the sauce is worth the wait. They do not have good bread or great salads. We do not go to Nido's for this. We go for the atmosphere (cozy), the SAUCE, the kindness of the staff, and also the PRICE. The prices are very affordable. The house red wine is very good. Yes, the wine is served in a caraffe with small juice glasses as they do in Italy. Please try this restaurant if you love great sauce. I understand the eggplant parmesean is what keeps them in business. Do not expect fine dining service, but you will receive great hospitality.

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December 31, 2008

Bill

I have been to Italy several times and Nedos food is the closest think I have ever found to it. Always excellent service and consistantly good food. Unfortunately there is usually a pretty good wait to get a table, however, that is usually a good sign of a quality establishment.

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December 23, 2008

caveman

I have been to Nidos twice in the past, and I remember enjoying it. For my 32nd birthday I will be joining friends there to celebrate. I will repost after going. 1 final comment, If Nidos wasn't that good, then how has it stayed in buisness as long as it has, unlike some of Fredericks other Italian joints?

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November 19, 2008

someone

BEST PLACE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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September 17, 2008

Linda

Our favorite for several years, including being the favorite of our teenage daughter. Everything on the menu is delicious and the service is friendly.

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August 7, 2008

John

We have always found the food good and considering the price an excellant buy. The staff is always very friendly and accomodating. We would also recommend the Ziti dishes, the egg plant dishes and the Shrimp Marinara with spagetti. My only complaint is that sometimes when you get the white pizza it meal is too much to finish, but they will provide doggie bags and you can finish it the next day for lunch.

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July 24, 2008

ThisGuyIknow

Nido's is great because it performs delicious subtlety for you to enjoy. I've enjoyed their linguine w/ fresh clams, Alfredo, and sausage & peppers. The food is very good, the service is very cute (as is the atmosphere). Problems? No booze, no espresso, and lacking in the desserts (for how creamy their Alfredo is, how is this possible?). Italian food in Frederick? It's Nidos or Marsalas.

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May 9, 2008

Frederick resident

So I went to Nido's today for the first time for lunch after hearing great things about the atmosphere and food quality. I must admit the food was tasty and the atmosphere was quaint, but the restaurant was so cold that I could not take my jacket off and the portion I received (beef ravoli) left me starving an hour later! It was about 5 chef boyardee sized pieces (if I remember correctly from my childhood). I asked to have the heat turned up in the front room where I was sitting, but I think they forgot! The sauce was flavorful and maybe I will go back and see what the dinner portions are like. The staff was pleasant and I thanked them for having good service. I think I would rather go to Mama Lucia's, but I am willing to try Nido's again. I heard they make a mean white pizza:)

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April 8, 2008

Travis

Best marinara I've ever had. Good prices, good house wine, hard to go wrong.

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March 25, 2008

Sue and Gary

Ok- it's just me, Sue, writing this. But, Nido's is absolutely my favorite Italian restaurant anywhere. Since going there and patronizing other Italian restaurants, I think I have realized what may be obvious to some others- that Italy has regional cuisines and they can be very different. Whatever kind this is, we absolutely love it. They don't do alot of fancy sauces- but their red sauces are to die for. Like one of the previous commentators, we have yet to find a better red sauce. I, too, am a fan of their eggplant parmesan. I have had it all over Frederick and no place comes close. It's all freshly made- none of that frozen and fried stuff. I know Carabba's is supposed to be fresh, but theirs just doesn't have the taste and they don't have Nido's red sauce. My husband ONLY gets their shrimp parmesan. This may not be an essentially Italian dish, but he loves it and can't find it anywhere else. He has gotten it every single time we have gone there for the last 13 years. And, yes, their serving wine in those small glasses is authentic- if you go to many small Italian restaurants (like the Pines of Rome in Rockville) they serve wine the same way. I have to admit, I have not been to Italy yet- but will someday, God willing, and will report back. :) Do yourself a favor- go there and try it. Leave your pre-conceived ideas at home. Macaroni Grill, Carabba's or Olive Garden, it's not. That's a good thing. And, don't waste your time at that other Italian restaurant down the street- Nido's kicks its you-know-what-in all respects! The staff and owner at Nido's are wonderfully polite and attentive. The owner is Iranian. But he is first and foremost an American. The month after 9/11, my husband and I went there and all the waiters had ties on that had American Flag motifs. There was no mistaking their loyalty to their clients or their country. Oh- and that one guy was right- their white pizza is another TO DIE FOR menu item. So much food- so little time... :)

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January 29, 2008

Gene

Simply the best italian restaurant in frederick, the marinara sauce is the key - all of the dishes are simple, but perfect. It beats venutis hands down - try the white pizza!

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January 12, 2008

Phil

This place is just good for pasta

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January 11, 2008

Liz

Great food, great prices, great service!

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December 28, 2007

Sean

We're from Missouri...so, we are use to Steaks and Potato's. This place was very nice! Very friendly people. Loved the Baked Zeti. A heck of a lot better then the Olive Garden!

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December 18, 2007

Chuck Stephens

My wife and I started as patrons of Raf(the owner)when he opened in what was called The Parrot,just down the street, many years ago. It is one of the best restaurants we have ever eaten in. There are no pretenses there, just great food and service. The owner is from the Mediteranen area and his cuisine has a Moorish influence to it. Wines glasses,give me break, wine is served in regular glasses all over Europe. I know he used to make the best "bean" soup (fazul)I ever ate. We have been back to visit over the years, all the way from the Eastern Shore of Md.

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November 8, 2007

Janis

Used to love this place back in the 90's. We went there two weeks ago and were beyond disappointed. The tortellini was frozen (yes, icy cold in the center as if they forgot to defrost it). The eggplant parm was a measly thin slice with a ton of breading.

Don't think we'll ever return. Especially when there's a sweetheart like Marsala's just a few minutes away

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June 18, 2007

Connie

We came to Nidos with children with high hopes. We were stuck in the back and practically ignored. It took forever to get the food and then just as long to get the check. I don't think I have ever been treated like that before. The only saving grace was that the food was decent. I will never go back.

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May 23, 2007

Brenda

Nido's is not fancy, but the atmosphere is warm and friendly and the food is good. Also, the management and staff are not Italian as some have thought.

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May 9, 2007

Niki

best italian in frederick. cute atmosphere, a little cramped and i wish there was outdoor seating, but its all very authentic.

the white pizza is incredible, very garlicky and delicious. all of the pasta is freshly made and the difference is so obvious!

alfredo sauce has a great flavor and a perfect mix of butter and cheese - my favorite at nidos. the marinara sauce is worth taking home [they sell jars of the sauce for $6]. the portions are just right and the prices are very reasonable. the servers are attentive and friendly.

best italian in frederick for an alfredo and white pizza addict like me!

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April 25, 2007

Wop Phili Girl

i don't even know where to begin. to put it nicely, not at all what i consider an italian restaurant. AMERICAN-italian, maybe. The bread, the oil (not even EVOO),the cheese (not parmeggiano-reggiano or romano), the sauce, the wine (served chilled??), all sub-par. I am Italian, grew up in an Italian neighborhood and this is not the Italian way of preparing food.
But, if you like Americanized Italian food, thne you may enjoy Nido's a great deal. The atmosphere is fairly nice as well.

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March 28, 2007

S. Harwell

I spent a year in Italy and Nido's comes closer than anything else in Frederick to being a true "trattoria". The pomodoro sauces are homemade and are so like the sauces I tasted in Tuscany. The last commentor was put off by there not being anything other than oil and vinegar for a salad dressing choice. That is what they offer you in Italy. The wine is served in small tumblers and carafes - very authentic. Those who complain had better stay away from Italy. They will be sorely disappointed. Italians do not believe in the excess that Americans have become accustomed to. Bottom line - Nido's es Buon Mangiare!

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February 26, 2007

L. Ann

I love the eggplant parmesan. Just great sauce as well! I agree that an upgrade to their serving utensils (silverware) and wine glasses would add to the dining experience. Seems always cold in there, but love the authentic atmosphere. Good meal, good service. Stands out against many "Italian" restaurants for me.

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February 23, 2007

stacy

This restaurant is wonderful! I cone from an italian family and who says that all italians drink out of wime glasses, that is for the "americans" who are too full of themselves to realize it can still be a good wine regardless of what it is served in. THe food was amazing, the eggplant was so wonderful and their marinara sauce is perfect, not to sweet not too acidy, PERFECT. I love the atmosphere, very cozy and intimate and the service was fabulous. If you want to pay too much money for faked out "italian" cuisine then this is NOT the place for you.

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February 7, 2007

Dan

Great Eggplant Parmesan. Of the other items sampled over the course of five or six visits the food was above average but not outstanding. But the prices are reasonable, so good over-all value. The atmosphere downstairs is nice, avoid seating upstairs.

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February 3, 2007

Theresa

The atmospere is nice but a bit over done because the food was at best average. The marinara was thin, lacked flavor and subtance. The service was ok.

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January 14, 2007

Anonymous

Nice place, good food unfortunately they played xmas music the entire time. On the 1st day of xmas I'll wait until January to re-visit.

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November 26, 2006

Tom Trott, Jr.

C.Lynch, I have been going to Nidos for over 15 years. It is not a salad restaurant. -- sorry about that! :)

For a real italian meal try the baked ziti w/ sausage &/or mushrooms, it is fantastic. The eggplant and white pizza are likewise great.

I urge you to try again when you want a real italian meal!

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November 17, 2006

Dwayne Neal

I challenge anyone to find a red sauce as good as Nido's! I love excellent red sauces but have over time become so disappointed in other restaurant's red sauces as they contrast so painfully in comparison to Nido's that I have stopped bothering. Nido’s food is on the minimalist side and does not always appeal to the "over-the-top" diner that believes more and sweeter is better. The eggplant parmesan is the best I have had anywhere. I rarely enjoy sausage but I do at Nido's, hence I order the combo (sausage – a bit spicy, meatball – a bit large, spaghetti – just right, and egg plant parmesan – perfection; I always give the meatball to my wife and she love's it). Nido’s house wine is very drinkable and is most definitely better than average. My biggest gripe is that the other posters had the audacity to complain about the servers at Nido's because of their ethnicity!!! SHOCKING!!! The staff, although not all Italian, is the gentlest, nicest, desiring to please, and inoffensive wait staff that I have generally had the pleasure to be served by. I conjecture that the disappointed guests of Nido’s that posted here have a bit of a congested palette from all of the excessively sweet sauces targeted at the average consumer. If you dine with reasonable expectations and you know the difference between a red sauce and catsup then you will be in heaven at Nido’s.

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November 13, 2006

Art B

Great food at a good price, if the weather is nice try for seating in the outdoor area in back. A regular place for me to get italian food. I just wish they had spaghetti carbonara!

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November 12, 2006

BW In Frederick

Go for a romantic candlelit dinner for 2 on a weeknight. Get the Italian dinner for 2, their eggplant is the best anywhere. Been about 5 times and never been disappointed. This is not fancy or like a chain, more like neighborhood Italian. Highly recommended and appropriately priced.

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November 9, 2006

C. Lynch

We visited Nidos based on some of the reviews that we read on this site. We were EXTREMELY disappointed. While the ambience is nice, the food is very average.

The garden salad was small and only offered oil and vinegar as a dressing choice. The tortellini tasted like it was store-bought and was served in a thin and somewhat tasteless sauce. Our side order of garlic bread included to thin pieces of toast with a little butter and fresh garlic.

I encourage you to go elsewhere, as Nido's is certainly nothing special.

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October 15, 2006

Jeanette R

I can't believe the comments from Greg. I lived in New York City for years, I have no complaints about this restaurant at all.

As I previously left a comment, the sauce is excellent. My mother in-law and sister in-law (italian - also from New York City originally) loved this place, thought it was very authentic.

Since when is it a law that only Italians can own italian restaurants?

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September 22, 2006

ld

I found Nido's very charming. Their service was very good; and the servers were most pleasant. The eggplant was definately worth getting again. The price was a little high for a family of five; but, I would recommend it highly to couples or groups of friends who might be sharing the cost with each other.

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August 23, 2006

Sam Vitale

I'm responding to Greg who posted a rating in October 2005, you're nuts. This is a very fine Italian restaurant. The food is all very authentic, and by the way, that "tumbler" is the same size that wine is served in many "real" italian restaurants (in Italia) that aren't catering to Americans. In regards to your questioning the heritage of the staff "Greg", I can assure you that they are Italian. That is far more then I can say for the mutitude of Spanish speaking waiters & cooks that service the cafeteria like restaurants of NYC's Little Italy.
- ciao

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August 7, 2006

Sean

The building was charming but could use some touch paint here and there. Also, the presentation (wine cirafe and glasses) was pretty lacking. But the house wine was very good, the white pizza appetizer excellent and the baked ziti w/ sausage was perfect. The waiter was very kind and helpful and appeared to be Italian. Not that it makes any difference but a review on this page seemed to suggest otherwise.

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July 31, 2006

Becca

Good food and very reasonably priced. The service is great and the ambience is very relaxing. Not the BEST food I've ever had, but if you're looking for a low-key night for a reasonable price, I'd definately recommend it!

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July 5, 2006

ilovegoodfood

We enjoyed pasta here recently. It is an fairly inexpensive restaurant. The-wine-in-the-tumbler thing was kindof tacky, but wine is wine, I guess. Another reviewer questioned the italian-ness of the staff. Everyone there was definately speaking spanish. The atmosphere does remind me of restaurants in Italy - close tables, cozy dining rooms, etc.

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July 2, 2006

Z

Excellent American-Italian food. Good service and a strange seating/hosting arrangement that makes it even more fun.

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June 9, 2006

Anonymous

This place was great. The food was awesome, the waiter was very helpful, and the building itself was beautiful.

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May 25, 2006

Megan

I love this restaurant and have been enjoying their italian food for years now. The waiters are so friendly and the atmosphere is authentic italian. I love it!

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October 17, 2005

Darrell

Great food, moderately priced and cozy atmosphere! The best Italian place in Frederick!

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September 29, 2005

J. Musumeci

I have becoem a semi-regular - at least once or twice a season, and should make it once or twice a month! This a quintessential Italian dining experience - the lineage of the famed white pizza rtaces back to A.V.'s in DC, and the sevrice here is as friendly and attentive as at any restaurant I have ever patronized!

Perfect atmosphere, great, if simple food, and a good house red in grape jelly glasses - what more could one ask for?
Perfect atmosphere

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August 30, 2005

holiday

Best white pizza and baked ziti around! Drive 40 minutes at least once a year to make sure we get to go! Great service too!

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July 4, 2005

CK

We have searched the world for baked ziti that compares to Nido's and there is none better anywhere! This is the place to go for Italian cuisine in Frederick!

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July 1, 2005

LAE

Great food and a wonderful atmosphere! Love the wine carafes.

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June 20, 2005

Bonnie

The best Italian restaurant in Frederick. Great Eggplant Parmesan. Their White Pizza is to die for. Yum!! Love that garlic.

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June 5, 2005

Anonymous

What is it with the sauce? It's beyond description. Coupled with Nido's efficient and friendly staff, most reasonable prices, low key ambience and a pitcher of their house wine and a good companion (or perhaps a half-carafe without the good companion), a veal piziola dinner is unbeatable.

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May 30, 2005

k101

Great food wonderful atmosphere!! I brought my girlfriend here for dinner and afterwerds walked to the winebergcenter for a concert,it was perfect!

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February 20, 2005

Patti

The best Italian restaurant in town. The sauce is incredible! There are no competitors!

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January 12, 2005

Jeanette R

Moved to Frederick almost 2 yrs ago and always wanted to eat at Nidos. We finally did last night and we were quite pleased with everything. The sauce was delicious. We plan on going back with the entire family.

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December 4, 2004

Jimmy Carl Black

Yummy and traditional Italian food. Attentive service from friendly, eccentric waiters.

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November 15, 2004

M.Lee A.Moyer

Their special of mushroom ravioli is rather good. It's actually the best mushroom ravioli I've had. The white pizza is worth purchasing, though I didn't notice a particularly long wait. Their tomoato sauce is light, and a tad tart, but also peppery. They sell their sauce in jars, and if it's like what you get at the table it would be well worth it. Definetly a recommendation. Prices are good as well.

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July 7, 2004

Anonymous

One of the best restaurants I've been to in the DC Metro area, the staff are wonderful and the food is fantastic! No matter what you order or how long it takes, it is ALL worth it!

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June 29, 2004

Elizabeth

Comments on this restaurant?

Superb food, wonderful, friendly service, fabulous atmosphere!

If you order the white pizza, be prepared for a wait, but it's well worth it!

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May 2, 2004

Anonymous

Intimate. Charming. Authentic. Nido's is the best kept secret in Downtown Frederick. The quality, service, and price make Nido's a must for Italian dining fans!

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April 10, 2004

JP Hermes

Comments on this restaurant?
Great food & service.

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March 20, 2004

Ann

Truly some of the best italian food in Frederick. Prices are good and food is exceptional....

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February 26, 2004

Greg

I dont know where the people who wrote the previous comments have eaten Italian food, but this place in no way deserves 5 stars... particularly the "white pizza".

My benchmark for italian food is the resturants in little Italy in NY with a smattering of small Italian resturants in my travels where the Italian (as in from Italy) owner greets you at your table… I don’t normally write reviews, but this one was so far off the mark, I felt I must, as I was really looking forward to a nice italian dinner that night.\n

My ranking of Nido's resturant is based on the following:
1. No one working in the resturant, the evening I was there, was Italian... was told by some other patrons that the owner is not Italian as well.
2. The house red wine that I ordered was served to me in a quite small tumbler instead of a wine glass. When asked about it, the waiter responded "in America.."
3. Most of the food names were all in listed by there ingredients instead of their Italian names. Again asked the waiter about why no italian names... again the repsonse "in America.."
4. The white pizza was cheese on bread and very flavorless... in fact, the guest in my party who had this "pizza" unscrewed the black pepper lid and dumped a bunch on it as well as added red peppers to give it some kind of flavor.
5. I had the baked chicken in white sauce that had baked chicken with a few seasonings on it and some noodles on the side.. no white sauce to be found and the chicken was moist but boring.
6. Another of my guests had the chicken cacciatore.. after he was finished, I sampled the sauce and it was one step better than Ragu... quite bland.

After discussing our experience with my guests, I gave this resturant a generous 2 stars... which leads to another question... how did the Olive Garden get a 4 star rating on this web site?
I hope this review helps this resturant provide a more authentic italian experience to its patrons in the future... Best Wishes.

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