Take a trip to Nonna’s Pantry. Located in the heart of Ada, Nonna’s has been a staple for coffee dates and study sessions since 2013. This shop creates a warm atmosphere, complete with several small tables and a chalk-covered menu board. The interior is small but packed with the smell of fresh baked goods and rich coffee. Quiet music in a foreign language plays over the speakers. On one side of the Pantry, a large window looks out onto Ada’s Main street. There is a small front porch, outdoor seating, and a wheelchair-accessible ramp on the outside. Inside, two-person and four-person tables consume most of the space, creating a cozy, albeit slightly tight, environment to enjoy drinks.
The line moves relatively quickly, while still leaving enough time to gaze at the menu. Nonna’s Pantry serves a selection of baked goods, lunch and dinner meals, and beverages. There is a daily quiche recipe, always with vegetarian options. All of the serving sizes match their prices. For instance, a three-dollar scone can be easily shared between two people. Some of the seasonal drinks, like lavender tea or the fall spice latte, have a higher price. Nonna’s offers non-dairy alternatives – oat milk, almond milk, etc — for an increased price.
After ordering, take a seat at any of the open tables, though sometimes it’s difficult to find a spot due to the popularity of the shop. Most of the tables have a view outside of the restaurant. Each table has a season-specific decoration: summertime flowers, fall pumpkins, and so on. These come from the Farmhouse located near Eastern’s campus. The Pantry is pleasantly warm, though sometimes a little stuffy when drinking a hot beverage.
Their hours, like most other establishments, vary depending on the day of the week. In November and December, they are open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4 pm. Saturday, they are open from 7:30 am to 2 pm. Sunday they are closed. The hours are longer during other months of the year, with a closing time at six instead of four pm.
Black Drip Coffee: The coffee is strong, but not bitter. There’s a distinct aftertaste of peppermint. It’s served in either a white or black mug (depending on the size ordered) and is fresh enough to have bubbles on the surface. The mugs cool the coffee down quickly, so drink it before it gets cold.
Fall Spice Latte: One of their seasonal drinks, this latte comes with a frothy layer of a delicate leaf design. The fall flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg enhance but don’t overpower the coffee underneath. It is available in two sizes and automatically is served using whole milk unless specified otherwise.
Parmesan and Squash Quiche: Freshly cooked and with a generous serving size, the quiche is a classic option at Nonna’s. The warm, creamy eggs and cheese are complemented by the buttery, flakey crust. The flavors rotate weekly: they include (but are not limited to) squash, spinach, and some meat-based quiches. This selection was vegetarian, with hints of parmesan and small bits of squash.
Cranberry Almond Scone: This scone is big enough to
share between several people. It isn’t served warm but is clearly fresh-baked. The Almond slices are thin enough to barely notice, but leave a pleasant hint of flavor. The cranberries are dispersed sporadically throughout the scone, making some bites more flavorful than others. It is topped with a light drizzle of vanilla frosting and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Wait Time: ★★★★✩
Food/Drink Options: ★★★★★
Hawk Herald Publisher’s Rating: A-