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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Nu restaurant in Kentucky

I just talked to Mark Bodenstein, a chef who opened a restaurant in Florence on Tuesday. He calls it NuVo. He says he's cooking Modern American Cuisine, and is trying to keep the focus on local ingredients, or at least American ingredients. He's got some local rabbit right now, Kentucky tomme cheese, leg of lamb, but also calamari , American Kobe or Wagyu, foie gras, risotto with Oregon truffles. "I call it dining finely, not fine dining," he said, to make the point it's good food but not hugely expensive. Entrees are $14-$27, and the $27 is the Kobe steak.
I hadn't heard any rumors about this place: Bodenstein said he wanted it to seem like it came out of nowhere. He wasn't too forthcoming about where he came from--out of nowhere also, I guess.
It sounds like something rather differentfor Northern Kentucky and worth checking out. It's 111 seats, in a former Pizza Hut at 7915 Dream Street in Florence, which is off KY 18. OPen 4-10 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday; 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Phone: 859-283-2100


8 Comments:

at 11:32 AM Blogger Nicci King said...

I've had good experience with restaurants that take over abandoned Pizza Huts... Royal India, out in Sharonvlle, is a good example. It's funny you just know a Pizza Hut when you see one, no matter what it's since morphed into. Good branding...

So good that when I'm digging into my palak paneer or chicken tikka I can't shake the feeling that the servers should bring my drinks in plastic red cups, or that shakers of parmesan and red pepper flakes are missing from the table.

 
at 3:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royal India is shutterred

 
at 4:05 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

I just called them.

"We're sorry. Your call cannot be completed as dialed..."

Noooooooooooooooo!

 
at 9:13 PM Blogger Jacob said...

Decided to try it tonight. Everything was great - food drink and service - what a nice surprise for Florence - I hope anyone in this area who appreciates creative cuisine will give it a try - we so badly need a place like this in Florence - ignore the funky location - it only adds to the magic I think.

I had the Kobe - very good but I think American Kobe is over-rated. I saw other dishes leaving the litchen and all looked great - the Sea Bass in particular looked fantastic. Very interesting menu and the wine menu has some very nice selections.

If you live near Florence PLEASE give them a try - we really really need good cuisine in this area and this is the best I have seen in the area.

 
at 7:25 AM Blogger Mrs. Jackson said...

I am a little New at this cuisine but found it to be quite delicious. It was nice to get a server not just dropping plates off and running but making sure that we were taken care of. The sweet young lady was extremly kowledgable of the menu and took the time to help these newbies make a selection. We were so enthused when the calamari came out and confused at the same time. Most defintly the best calamari I have ever had. Of course the Ceasar salad was the most interesting and the server again answered all our questions and it was such a fun salad. I don't think i have had this much fun with food in years.

Everything tasted great, the service was more than what I have ever seen. I am happy to see that a restaurant focused on teaching the servers to serve and be there for the customer and not rush off when you drop a plate down. If I wanted that kind of service I could have went to Red Lobster. I heard about this place and I am glad that this restaurant teaches servers like Carrie to serve not rush off.

I can't wait to go back again.


Maybe I will try that Foie Gras next time!

 
at 10:31 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I visited this restaurant on a whim and was amazed at what the owners had done with an old pizza hut. after being seated and looking over the wine list and menu I was amazed ast how great there selections were. The was amazing all the servers seem to be quite knowledgeable about the menu and seemed to be more interested in whether I was enjoying everything rather then rushing off and just waiting for a tip. The scallops were probably the most amazing scallops i had ever had and i was extrememly pleased with the level of service provided. Hands down best restaurant in N. KY. and if anyone ever has a chance to visit I would recommend going and experiencing this style of dining.

 
at 2:15 PM Blogger Tamara said...

I visited Nuvo for lunch yesterday and was happily surprised from the moment I walked in the door. Having worked in fine food myself, it was a great pleasure to finally have something as wonderful as this nearby!!! The server could use a bit of training and polish (he was very nice though and came back with answers to the questions that I asked...what type of cheese was in the salad...). I will definatly go back for dinner and can't wait to try that Kobe steak...only other place I know around town to get it is The Precinct! A MUST TRY!

 
at 1:14 PM Anonymous FoodGuy said...

My wife and I are self-proclaimed foodies and have tried ALL the fine restaurants that Cincy has to offer. We tried NuVo a few weeks ago and have been recommending it to anyone who will listen. The combination of food and flavor is like nothing we have experienced. The wait staff is knowledgeable and the presentation is fantastic. The most pleasant surprise was the wine/beer/bar menu. There are more than creative cocktails, a beer selection that would impress any aficionado and a wine list that combines quality and value. I did not see a glass of wine over $9.00 and the median looked to be around $6.00. Never mind the ‘ol Pizza Hut… this is the best choice for value conscience food snobs!

 
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