Taste of Italy

Walking into Nicola’s in the Old Market you feel as if you have stumbled upon a little café on the streets of Venice, Italy. With only about ten tables, and a backroom hidden by a black curtain, you are taken to a different land where you instantly feel the warmth of a European dining experience. Opened since 2003, Nicola’s in the Old Market is becoming a staple in the Italian food world of Omaha. It’s a place for a romantic dinner, or a casual business meal. It has the versatility to be both, yet still comfortable and inviting.

For my husband and I’s date night, we sat at a table towards the back and looked out onto the beautiful snow covered patio. We talked about how we’re looking...

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Twisted Cork: Stunning Flavors, Cozy Ambiance

Let me make your first visit to the Twisted Cork a little easier with this tip: the Tavern is to the left, and the Bistro is to the right. They’re both a part of the Twisted Cork, but they aren’t the same thing.

I hope I didn’t just confuse you.

I went to the right when I visited the Twisted Cork because I was looking for the full Bistro experience. A friend of mine had told me that this was the place to go for some really great seafood, and I managed to get my husband to accompany me by letting him know that the Twisted Cork Burger was voted the best burger in Nebraska by Food Network Magazine. Great seafood for me and a juicy burger for him; it’s the perfect date night.

Let’s...

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Hiro 88: A Formula for Success

With all the new restaurants popping up in Omaha, it’s important to remember the amazing ones that have sustained the test of time. Hiro 88 in West Omaha was the first Asian restaurant I ate at when I moved to Omaha over five years ago and the excitement it ignited then has not dampened today. I am a regular here and have my favorites. However, for this visit, I decided to pretend as if I was a newly landed resident to Omaha and order dishes that I have never tried before. I wanted to experience it all for the first time…again.

I always tell people who don’t eat sushi to try Hiro. You will be amazed at the creations they make – some with even cooked seafood and meats for those hesitant...

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Two Old Market fixtures celebrate milestones

Signature Old Market spot M's Pub celebrates 40 years in business this year. It's a milestone for any independently owned restaurant. But reaching four decades takes on added meaning because when M's opened in 1973 (a planned 1972 opening was delayed), the fledgling Market's survival looked unsure.

The Market though went from counter culture social experiment to mixed use success story. M's owners Ann Mellen and Ron Samuelson doubly appreciate a thriving Market as their highly reviewed eatery is a fixture along with a second respected restaurant they own there, Vivace, which marks its 20th anniversary this fall. The establishments are emblems of the district's sustainability and growth....

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Looking Forward to 2013

Given that world is supposed to end before my deadline, it almost seems foolish to write a story predicting what is to come in land of local food. If you are reading this, then I guess we all made it through alive. This is less of a prediction and more of a hope that we, as a community of people who eat, can use food to improve our health, our families and our lives in 2013.
Although, I tend to write almost exclusively about local food you should know that, above all things, I believe firmly in the value of a home cooked meal. Cooking awakens your senses and your desire for food that tastes good. Once you taste good food, it’s nearly impossible to go back. Once you learn to make...

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2012: A Year in Review

When I moved to Omaha five years ago, there were only a handful of restaurants that I felt hit it out of the park with their dining experiences. However, in just this past year, so many new restaurants have opened that now bring the Omaha dining scene to an entirely new level.
Restaurants like J. Coco and Lot 2 elevate culinary expectations by delivering fresh, unique and innovative dishes. J.Coco gives us delicious classics like lamb and duck, and then also more innovative dishes like kurobuto pork chops and Korean style short rib tacos. All with their own flavor palates and wonderful tastes. Additionally, Lot 2 is changing the face of Benson with its upscale neighborhood dining...

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