NuVo - NEW AND IMPROVED! Tapas Night!

Wow - this was some night for a foodie. But first - let's say HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN!

Here he is to the left in full biking gear! He's such a great guy and he celebrated his 29th birthday (again) today with good friends and great food.

John has decided to bike to work every day and doesn't he look handsome in his biking gear!?! He's a bit reflective with the flash...and the socks...wooo!

Okay okay - enough about John! Let's go to the food!

To celebrate John's birthday, we went to NuVo which recently moved to Newport from Dream Street in Florence.

On Wednesday night's NuVo has a tapas menu for $20! 13 dishes for $20! These are all bite-size dishes - maybe a little more than an amuse buche. Special wines are also $4/glass!

This will be a picture heavy blog - had to be with 13 dishes plus dessert!

Click on the pics and they expand. I just really like this pic of the napkin - I think it's pretty cool.

Birthday boy and my excellent wine - Vino Verde! It's a real light fizzy white wine and came highly recommended by Kate! I loved it! Not as sweet as a riesling but very pleasing for someone like me that isn't a big wine fan.

Red Gazpacho - light and flavorful but not as chunky as traditional gazpacho.

Marinated Olives with rosemary, red chili, orange and paprika - eh it was fine. Olives are olives.

Leek boats with eggplant, goat cheese and carrot - The favorite of Course 1 of two for Judi & Scott. I'm not a fan of eggplant but liked it. The bites with goat cheese were better than the bites without.

Manchego with honey brown butter sauce - Judi & I thought it was a bit dry and there wasn't enough of the brown butter sauce. John thought this was his favorite of Course 1.

Scrambled eggs with asparagus on toast - this was my favorite. It wasn't amazing but it was prepared perfectly and I thought it was a comfort food. The asparagus was great. Now you're saying - what freakin asparagus? I forgot to take the picture and this is 1/2 a piece...oops!

Spinach, chorizo and rioja potato empanadas - None of us were too excited about this. The flavor was okay but it was dry. Potato wasn't the best choice...and it needed cheese or something saucy.

Seasoned meatballs with garlic aioli - the favorite of myself and Judi. A very flavorful meatball...nice light olive oil sauce.

Mushroom, shrimp, ham sticks with cream piquant sauce - not sure this was a cream piquant sauce cuz heck - I don't know what piquant is. (okay - googling) Oooh - it means spicy! (Duh - piquant = picante) This wasn't really creamy or spicy for a sauce. This was John's favorite of Course 2. The rest of us thought the ham chunks were a little big and it was just ok.

Egg mayonnaise stuffed tomatoes - these were good! I mean - it's basically egg salad in a tomato. I think Scott liked this one best...he just wasn't too excited about Course 3.

Kabobs of andalucian salad - I wasn't fond of this really. Not much flavor and I don't like eggplant. It was fine...

Clams in tomato piquant sauce - again - not spicy! But I liked this...the sauce was very mild and tasted like the gazpacho.

Pork filets with pears and butternut squash - fantastic! The squash was delicious, the pear was crisp, the pork had no fat and was cooked perfectly. Even Judi - WHO DOESN'T EAT/LIKE PORK - loved it! It was divine and we THOUGHT it was the best of Course 4...until...

Cajun spiced frog leg tacos - these were everyone's favorite by far! I'm not sure how Cajun they were but I really really enjoyed these and they leaped over the pork for the favorite of the night.

DESSERT (cost extra $3-6)
French Press Costa Rican & Sumatra Reserve Dark - Scott liked it alot.

Vanilla Angel Food Cake, Pineapple & Blueberry Compote, Mascarpone Sorbet - this was what I wanted but Judi picked it and I can't choose the same dish as someone else. This was really tasty. The pineapple was soaked in blueberry I think and it was really good! I didn't like the sorbet...tasted like ricotta.

Chocolate Torchon, Blue Lava Sea Salt, Dr. Pepper Reduction, Peanut Butter & Banana Gelato - as John said this was a "high-class Reese cup". The chocolate was hard like a candy bar...he enjoyed the birthday dessert.

It really was blue salt!

Amaretto cheesecake, white chocolate mousse, cherry coulis - the cheesecake on its own wasn't real sweet but the combination of all the flavors was decadent. I really enjoyed my choice.
Chef Mike Peterson
Chef Mike has recently taken over the chef duties as his partner has left to join the new Twist (formerly Pigalls). He's very young and very good! It's really fun to watch him in this open kitchen environment. We had a great shot to be able to watch him put together the dishes all night! It was like watching an episode of Top Chef! He takes much care with each and every dish!

I have to tell you - overall you'll see we liked some things - we didn't like others. BUT we had 13 dishes for $20. I would much rather be able to try all of these different flavors in one night rather than just have one big entree.

The $20 Tapas menu is available on Wednesday evenings. No reservations, no gift certificates. You can get extra plates of specific dishes for an extra cost as well.

The new location is so much nicer than their former spot in Florence so bravo to them! I was honestly a bit skeptical about the move. But it's a great spot.

They are now getting a revamped 3.5 stars from me and I can't wait to try new tapas or come back for those Frog Leg Tacos!

527 York St.
Newport, KY 41071
Phone: 859-283-2100

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  1. Nice pictures. I'll be profiling them for Prep! Thanks for the heads up on this place.

  2. this is good news. i went when they were in florence and i didn't like the food, the prices, or the space. it sounds like everything is much better now.

  3. liz - yes - it's all better - i don't know about regular entree prices but this tapas menu is a fantastic deal and so fun!