Two Cincinnati Restaurants Awarded Four Diamond Status on AAA List

Boca and Nicola's were two of the three Ohio restaurants to earn 4-Diamond status this year.

click to enlarge Boca in Downtown Cincinnati earned a 4-Diamond rating from AAA alongside Nicola's in Pendleton. - Photo:

Boca in Downtown Cincinnati earned a 4-Diamond rating from AAA alongside Nicola's in Pendleton.

Two Cincinnati restaurants continue to be nationally recognized for their culinary talents. AAA recently unveiled its 5- and 4-Diamond restaurants and hotels for 2022, with Downtown's Boca and Over-the-Rhine's Nicola's maintaining their spots on the prestigious list.

"Diamond designations reflect AAA Inspectors’ commitment to quality and consistency in the hospitality industry. Diamond Inspectors are trained professionals who travel across North America to conduct unannounced, independent, in-person property inspections," the motor club says on its website.

According to AAA, 4-Diamond restaurants offer "distinctive fine dining." And Diamonds operate under the "4Cs:" Cleanliness, comfort, cuisine and consistency.

Boca, operated by chef David Falk, blends cuisines from Italy and France in the space formerly occupied by the Maisonette and first became a 4-Diamond restaurant in 2007. And it's no stranger to awards. According to its website, Boca has been recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the top French restaurants in the United States, and it's been named a "Top 100" restaurant by OpenTable.
And Nicola's has been a mainstay for high-end, authentic Italian cuisine for the past two decades. One of Cincinnati’s top, Zagat-rated restaurants, its menu features housemade pastas, gnocchi and creamy risotto, among other dishes that transport guests to the heart of Italy. It first earned its status as a 4-Diamond restaurant in 2008.
No restaurants in Ohio or Kentucky earned a 5-Diamond rating this year, and only one other Ohio restaurant, The Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop in Columbus, earned a 4-Diamond rating. In Kentucky, Vincenzo's Restaurant and English Grill, both in Louisville, also achieved a 4-Diamond rating.

Boca, 114 E 6th St., Downtown. More information:

Nicola's, 1420 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine. More information:

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