THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019   |   5:30-8:00 PM     NICOLA'S OTR

Legendary kids. Legendary supporters. Legendary experiences.

Now in its fourth year, Nicola's Legendary Dinner for WordPlay is the highly exclusive and impactful event of the season. This event connects some of Cincinnati's most influential professionals, philanthropists and community leaders to connect with each other and support WordPlay in creating communities where young people discover, honor and share their voices.


Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from young people, families and partners whose lives have been impacted by WordPlay, while enjoying five exemplary courses (with wine pairings!) by Nicola’s esteemed chef.

100% of proceeds from the dinner benefit WordPlay, our students and our programs.



Thursday, September 12, 2019

5:30 - 8:00 PM

Nicola's Italian Restaurant in historic Over-the-Rhine

1420 Sycamore Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202


Learn more about Nicola's on their website.


$150 per person

Prefer to purchase tickets via phone? Call 513-541-0930 Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Space is limited for this exclusive event, and admission will not be guaranteed without advance ticket purchase. With questions, please contact Development & Communications Coordinator Sarah Nimmo at


About Nicola's Ristorante

Cincinnati Magazine calls it "so fluently on the mark that other Italian restaurants on American soil can sometimes feel contrived." Nicola's Ristorante Italiano has been a fine dining staple in Over-the-Rhine for two decades. Heralded for its contemporary menu, extensive wine list, and unique dining spaces, Nicola's offers top-rated dining in a warm and inviting ambiance. Owners Nicole and Maureen Pietoso maintain a reputation for what Zagat describes as "chic, exquisite and innovative."

The Dinner

The five-course meal will be a veritable journey through what Nicola's is best known for: authentic Italian cooking with innovative touches. We will start with an appetizer followed by a salad course. Then comes a pasta course, an entree course, and the dinner will culminate with an unforgettable dessert course. Each course will be perfectly paired with a wine to complement the flavors.

Dietary Needs

The evening's 5-course dinner is prix fixe. However, Nicola's is proud to serve meals that nourish the body and the spirit, including consideration for the special dietary needs of every guest. Please contact WordPlay at your earliest convenience with information about dietary needs and food allergies. This will help ensure that the appropriate ingredients are available so that every guest can enjoy a quality evening of dining and celebration.


There is no formal dress code for the dinner. Guests are encouraged to dress in a manner that will make them most comfortable both socializing and enjoying the evening's many offerings. 


A valet service is located near the entrance of the restaurant. Nearby lots and metered parking are also available within walking distance of the restaurant.

Historic OTR

Over-the-Rhine (OTR) is the largest, most intact urban historic district in America. Covering over 360 acres and 943 contributing buildings, OTR is currently vying for the title of "Greenest Neighborhood in America" by becoming entirely LEED certified.

Thank you to the following sponsors of Nicola's Legendary Dinner for WordPlay, without whom this event would not be possible:




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The Mercantile Library


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Interested in sponsoring this event? Please contact Sarah Nimmo at