Nido's Closing

Nido’s Little Italy Ristorante on East Patrick Street in downtown Frederick will soon close its doors and reopen a few weeks later. The new restaurant will offer Italian fare with a different concept.

After 33 years in downtown Frederick, Nido’s Little Italy Ristorante will close its doors and reopen with a new concept.

The restaurant at 111 E. Patrick St. will undergo some renovations and reopen with a new name and menu in a few weeks. The ownership changed in August when Dante Liberatore bought the restaurant. He owns a number of eateries called Liberatore’s Ristorantes in Maryland.

The new restaurant, however, will have an entirely new concept, although it will still serve Italian fare.

Liberatore said the new name will have the word “spuntino” in it, which essentially means small plate or snack in Italian. The restaurant will serve these sharable plates in addition to entrees.

“What tapas is to Spain, spuntino is to Italy,” Liberatore said.

Liberatore hopes that just as people have grown accustomed to the word “tapas,” that they will learn what spuntinos are as well.

Liberatore said the restaurant will maintain much of its key staff, but has also added staff members. He does not intend to do large renovations on the restaurant, but wants the space to feel more open, he said.

“It’s time to say farewell to the old Nido’s and bring in a new, more vibrant and energetic location,” Liberatore said.

While he wasn’t sure if he would completely change the restaurant when he bought it last summer, Liberatore said that he did notice that the restaurant was going through a “lull.” It seemed that sales were down, and the space was in need of an update.

Liberatore plans to pay homage and respect to the outgoing restaurant, which has been a staple in the downtown community since 1987.

“I think a restaurant that’s been around since 1987 like Nido’s deserves a proper farewell,” he said.

The restaurant’s last day will be Saturday. Until then, the restaurant will celebrate its roots by offering menu items at 1987 prices.

There will also be an all-day celebration on Saturday, complete with ’80s music and a guest book that visitors can sign with their memories of the restaurant.

Kara Norman, executive director of the Downtown Frederick Partnership, said she is excited to see the restaurant reopen.

“We’re really excited to learn more about their new concept and certainly are really glad to see businesses reinvesting,” she said.

The new restaurant is expected to open in late March.

“People got engaged there, people have had birthdays there, you got to give it a proper farewell,” Liberatore said. “I really am proud to own this place.”

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(13) comments


Glad they're trying to refresh the place! Went to Nido's a couple weeks ago for the first time and decided we wouldn't have dinner there even before we even ordered the appetizer.

We were sent upstairs despite the downstairs section being almost empty (literally sent bc the woman downstairs was too busy chatting and couldn't be bothered to walk us up and seat us). Upstairs was completely full and blasting club music with one poor guy trying to take care of everyone. The crab dip we got came out decently quickly but the taste was just okay. Rest of the menu was underwhelming so I'm glad we cut our losses. Not sure if a few new people and different dishes will completely fix what's going on but I hope it helps.


Nido's was on our regular rotation of restaurants, both for family and work associates. I never had any concerns or complaints regarding the quality of the food or the prices (and the White Pizza served as an appetizer was num num). However, while the long standing Staff was pleasant and professional, the overall 'service' seemed to decline and the wait times from the kitchen became unreasonable, particularly when the establishment was barely occupied. Best wishes to the past and good luck to the future. Our new go-to Italian is Il Porto and when on the other side of I-70 Manalu is the place.


If you want to experience the "Old Nido's"...go to Rafi's on TJ Drive. Nido's former owner owns it and has all the old recipes. Eggplant Parm for the WIN!!!

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You might like it. Same staff.


I don't eat anywhere in downtown Frederick because all the restaurants are expensive. Almost everywhere you eat in downtown Frederick you come out with an $80 to $120 bill. So I avoid that area.


You must drink a lot to run up that kind of bill.

That guy

How many people are feeding and how much are you drinking!? You can easily do under $50 for 2 people (including tip) at Pretzel and Pizza Creations, Black Hog, The Orchard, Magoo's, Cellar Door, Cacique, La Paz, Doner Bistro, Crabapple's, Sabor de Cuba, Cafe Bueno, Pistarro's, Cafe Nola, Brewer's Alley, Wag's, Sumittra, and probably several more. We know, we've done it at all of them. Heck you can do brunch at Isabella's on the weekend for 2 plus tip for $20.


New is not necessarily always better.

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"jerkface" wow. Chill out.


At least the best is still here - MANALU!




Sorry to hear this. I have some wonderful memories of meals at Nido’s. The food may have been simple, but who doesn’t want a good pasta with sausage and peppers sometimes?


Good. I thought Nido’s was the most pedestrian Italian food in town.

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