Lance and I have walked by Nina's countless times- but we finally made it there last night after he was motivated by a groupon. We started off with some mutant gnocchi- Half spinach-half Ricotta. Then moved on to a Lamb Shank with mushroom risotto and some Stachetti (little pasta purses filled with walnuts) in a (Mike) fava bean cream sauce. The pastas were the highlights. It was a bit pricier than I think they Italian Mkt BYO should be. The owner Nick came over and said hi. They were playing opera for us when we came in-then Nick asked us if we like the Rolling Stones- we replied positively and he put the Stones on. With the groupon it came to $38. Unfortunately we were the only ones in there. Hopefully business will pick up for them. Sunday nights are rough in the Summer.
Both are BYOs. I recommend Witbier or champagne for Big Eye (7th and Bainbridge). We did a bottle of spanish red blend for Nina's (9th just south of Christian).