The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Noto's Old World in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is much more than your typical Italian restaurant. This fabulous facility is family owned, which means only the greatest care will be taken to give couples the ceremony and reception of their dreams. The company has been serving couples since 1982 and the elegance and sophistication of the property speak for themselves. Each of the indoor venues listed below scream romance, so no bride and groom can go wrong, no matter which space they end up using.
The Wine Cellar. One of the more popular spaces for a smaller wedding is the wine cellar. A total of 90 friends and family will fit comfortably in this charming space for a ceremony. Couples may opt to remain in the cellar for a delicious European dinner afterward, which will be created right in front of their eyes for a fun and exciting new experience.
Bella Torre. With a classic chandelier hanging from the center of the ceiling, many brides wish to have their nuptials in the Bella Torre tower. The high windows and long drapes make the space feel almost like a fairy tale and the special lighting feature really sets the mood. If you'd like, the tower can also be used for a small reception.
Banquet Rooms. There are many options, when it comes to the banquet rooms. First, the happy couple is welcome to use the entire main floor to celebrate their special day with 700 guests. That leaves plenty of room for dancing. Another option is to rent one of the four rooms that make up the main space. These rooms include the Nicoletta, Gabriella, Santa Maria and Valentina Rooms and each allows for a more intimate reception. They contain such fabulous features as accent pillars and chandeliers.
Paradiso Ballroom. Located on the second floor of the building, the Paradiso Ballroom is a great choice for ceremonies or receptions of 200 guests or less. The room wows with an all-granite dance floor and a dangling Italian alabaster chandelier.
Spiral Staircase. Say your "I Dos" at the bottom of a grand, white marble spiral staircase. The space also doubles as an amazing first-look photo location. The brick walls, romantic lighting and decorative statues really make the room surrounding the staircase unique.
What You Should Know
The chef and his team at Noto's Old World will handle all of the catering for your event. Couples can expect such delectable hors d'oeuvres as bacon-wrapped figs with a jalapeno glaze, fresh mozzarella pinwheel with pesto and portabella mushrooms with avocado stuffing. The main entrees are just as mouth-watering. There's Italian sausage with bell peppers and onions, Sicilian breaded chicken and a vegetable pot pie. If you'd like to take advantage of a few add-ons, the late-night pizza or slider station is popular or you could go with a pasta or carving station. Then consider a dessert and coffee station for the end of the evening.
Once a contract is signed, the bride and groom will be put in touch with the special events coordinator. The coordinator will listen to your vision and work hard to see that it comes true. The staff will handle the set-up of your tables and chairs and will provide basic linens and all of your tableware. You will need to obtain all of the decorations, which must be approved before they are used. Candles enclosed in glass are permitted, however, confetti and glitter are not. Votive candles and rounded mirrors are available for rent, as is a select amount of specialty linens. The to-be-weds must hire their own entertainment and it is important to inform the entertainer that all music must cease by 12:30 a.m.
The happy couple is more than welcome to arrange for the guests to take a full tour of the facility. Additionally, a few more perks, when using Noto's Old World as your wedding site, are listed below.
- Handicap accessible
- Audio and visual equipment
- High-speed Internet service
- On-site parking
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering
My husband and I held our intimate wedding ceremony and reception at Noto's Old World Italian Dining this month. Joann and the Noto family were extremely accommodating. We had originally planned an outdoor ceremony, but due to unforeseen circumstances had to look elsewhere. The Bella Torre room just happened to be available and we couldn't have been happier. Gorgeous venue! Our guests really enjoyed the food. Our expectations were exceeded in every way. Perfect. ~Aubrey & Brendan
All the things we were looking for in a wedding venue, we found in one complete package at Noto's Old World. We sought elegance combined with friendliness, class combined with fun, superb food with a gourmet flair, and value for our investment. They have absolutely beautiful reception sites as well as sites for the ceremony. Their spaces are elegant, beautiful and they make for beautiful backdrops for pictures. The best thing about Noto's, truly, is that they are a family-run business and they know that every event is their most important event. Joann provided me with the advice that I needed to ensure that our daughter's event was just as we wanted it. We were fortunate enough to be able to use the wine cellar for our daughter and son-in-law's reception, and it was just PERFECT! So many details that are on a planner's list are ready to be crossed off if you choose Noto's; they take care of so much, from elegant service to a selection of wine that is completely satisfying, to arrangement of space to fit your needs, to food that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with our own personal chef to create the touches that only experienced individuals can provide. The beautiful marble staircase was the backdrop for many simply stunning elements of the wedding day. We also had our rehearsal dinner at this venue, and we could not have been more pleased. Joann has a list of preferred vendors and we found everything we needed without having to stress about any of it! Our wedding planning could not have gone more smoothly and we were pleased with every aspect of our time spent at this location! Also, please do not let the pricing structure unnerve you; it's a little bit different than other venues, but overall, I believe we had a very good return for our investment, and we will definitely use this facility again in the future when an event arises that requires a sophisticated venue!
We had such an amazing wedding thanks to Joann and the Noto's staff! They made the planning process extremely easy and they were able to meet all of our needs. Our reception was absolutely beautiful and every one loved the banquet room and wine cellar. Our guests raved about the food and dozens of people told either myself or a family member that it was the best wedding food they ever had. I am very grateful that I chose Noto's for our wedding and would recommend them to any bride looking to have their dream wedding in Grand Rapids!
OUTSTANDING!!! Joann Noto and family are a pleasure to work with. They personally helped plan and execute our wedding reception, taking into account our budget and needs. They went above and beyond with what they delivered. Joann was present from planning through decorating, to the night of the reception. She even made herself available during off hours. Noto's as a venue is gorgeous. They have many rooms that all have their own personality, each is beautifully detailed. The food is fantastic! Our guests all commented on how delicious it was, and how great the service was. I highly recommend Noto's as your reception site, whether it's a small wedding or a large one. They can and will accommodate you!
From the first contact to the end of the event, we had a wonderful experience. Valentina was a great coordinator to work with. We were always greeted and remembered by Helen the hostess each time we visited to plan our wedding and try different meals and wine. The food and environment was enjoyed by all the guests. We would definitely use Noto's again as a venue for future events. Jeff and Nadine Carlson
Perfect venue... Beautiful space, delicious food and superb customer service!! Valentina and JoAnn were fabulous to work with they were basically my wedding planners. We had our ceremony in the Wine Cellar and our reception in the Santa Maria. So happy we chose Noto's for our venue!!
How we lucked into finding an incredible wedding venue like Noto’s Old World Italian Dining – sight unseen, is still beyond us. Due to location, Grand Rapids became our “destination wedding” site. Noto’s family-run restaurant and banquet facility is located within ten minutes of the Grand Rapids airport and nearby several hotels, stores, restaurants, etc. The facility is absolutely gorgeous – both inside and out. The authentic Italian restaurant is just a tiny piece of what Noto’s has to offer. They have a lower level wine cellar that is beyond description – with special, multi-course dinners offered by reservation only. The area is really awe-inspiring for picture taking! The several banquet room options are worth noting. Each room has beautiful chandeliers and dance floors, with the ability to open walls from three main floor banquet rooms to create a very large ballroom that would hold at least 500! The marble spiral staircase that leads from the cellar, up past the main floor, to the top floor and the Paradiso ballroom, is quite stunning. For our Saturday afternoon wedding, we held our ceremony on the main floor, facing the Grand staircase. The visual affect of watching the groomsmen ascend the spiral staircase from the wine cellar below, as the bridesmaids descended from above, then joining together to walk up the aisle, toward the banister overlooking the staircase, (and the floor to ceiling windows overlooking trees and woods,) was exquisite… But, just the prelude to watching the bride descend the staircase, with her smiling, teary eyed father, waiting at the base of the stairs to escort her around the room, and up the center aisle to be handed off to her husband to be. Truly, the setting for a fairy tale ceremony! Following the ceremony, the receiving line was situated at the base of the stairs, welcoming the guests up one flight, to the lobby of the Paradiso ballroom and our reception. The upper lobby, which holds the bar, also held the buffet style appetizers. Not long after the guests made their way upstairs, the doors to the ballroom were opened for guests to find their assigned tables. The wedding cake stood prominently on the cake table right inside the entrance. The dinner buffet was temporarily set up on the marble dance floor. The food was absolutely delicious, (and special plates were made for “pre-arranged” guests with food allergies i.e. gluten free). The cake was exactly what we had hoped for (and identical to the picture we provided!) and they had no problem making each layer a different flavor to accommodate a wide variety of tastes. The service staff was superb. Never seemed intrusive, but always very intuitive and one step ahead of the guests. The compliments flowed all evening – and ever since the wedding! The wedding ceremony and reception went off without a hitch. Yes, you heard that right! Not one hitch! Nothing Noto’s had not thought of… with incredibly detailed service the entire afternoon & evening. We truly could not have asked for anything more. Thank you Noto’s (the ENTIRE family!) for helping make such a fairy tale wedding come true!
A Wonderful ExperienceReviewed on 8/13/2015 Lily
First and foremost, don't immediately assume Noto's will be out of your budget. Early on my mother suggested I search for and add up ALL the additional fees for the venues I considered (cake cutting, room rentals, setting up chairs, etc.), estimate the cost of food and drink packages, and then compare those fees. When I did that, I realized that Noto's wasn't more expensive, just more upfront about what everything cost. In fact, some of the venues initially looked like the much cheaper option and once I did the math were clear much more expensive. Now for the stuff that matters. I loved working with Joann Noto. She has so much experience, she can answer almost any question, and I know she genuinely cared about ensuring that everything at my wedding ceremony and reception was perfect. And it was. I worked primarily with Joann, but brother and niece were also a pleasure to work with. They were all at the rehearsal and they all checked in periodically to make sure everything ran smoothly. I asked Joann if she thought I needed a day of coordinator and she told me honestly that a lot of people do it, but hiring one wasn't necessary because she would make sure everything ran smoothly. She was right, it did. The second the ceremony began, I was able to enjoy myself without a care in the world. The food was incredible. My husband and I love food, so it has perhaps the highest priority for the wedding and they delivered. People are still telling me how great the food was. I knew there would be a handful of people who are gluten free and vegetarians (typically not what you think of when you think Italian cuisine) but both options were exceptional. For dessert, we wound up not having cake because my husband tried their cannoli at some point before the wedding and declared it the best dessert he'd ever had. Personally, I was most excited for the appetizers. Finally, the venue is beautiful. If I remember correctly they just recently renovated all the banquet halls. The one we had our reception in (on the third floor) was lovely. And it looked great all put together. The ceremony was in the foyer and, as Joann suggested, my husband and the wedding party entered from below, and I came down from above (down their stunning staircase). The moment my husband and I saw each other as he waited for me at the base of the stair was magical. Everything photographed well, as someone pointed out looking at our photos it looks like we were married in a castle. I highly recommend getting married at Noto's.
Joann and company at Noto's made our wedding day amazing! Not only was the food and cake to die for, they were able to accommodate special requests that my husband and I had for both the rehearsal dinner and the reception. We had our cocktail hour there in the foyer where people mingled downstairs to the win cellar (which is beautiful). After about an hour, guests were let inside the reception hall (which is even more beautiful). Dinner was served right after introductions and the speeches. I cannot tell you how many people said it was the best wedding food they have ever had! And we totally agree. We picked buffet #3 with proscutto wrapped chicken, pork loin, and a roast beef carving station. Along with a ton of pasta and veggies, everyone had something they wanted. Then at 10pm, we ordered pizza and sliders for all of our (drunk) hungry guests. While I did not eat any sliders, the pizza was delicious and, from what I hear, the sliders were too. Everything went on without a hitch! Noto's is definitely the place to go to support local businesses and to have an amazing wedding reception. I couldn't have asked for a better party!
Best time EVERReviewed on 10/11/2014
Notos hosted our wedding reception. We had a wonderful and fabulous time. The food and service was amazing. Our family and friends were over joyed and loved the experience! I HIGHLY recommend Noto's!!:-)
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.Reviewed on 9/26/2014 Jennifer M
Noto's was absolutely incredible. I could not ask for a better location to have my ceremony and reception. They went out of their way to make our day the most special day possible. The Noto's family is phenomenal and were always willing to help, accommodate, and work with us. We worked with many members of the family (Valentina, Gabby, Tony, Joann, and Santina) and were wholeheartedly impressed by their efforts. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to them and would HIGHLY recommend Noto's to anyone for a wedding event, or even a party. They went above and beyond our expectations.
OutstandingReviewed on 8/13/2014 Nicole T
Noto's made our wedding absolutely perfect. Joann was excellent to work with and made sure everything went absolutely perfect for us. The venue is gorgeous which saved us a lot of money on decorations since they just wern't needed. The food was delicious and the cake was beautifully decorated. They do not have a venue fee but rather a minumum charge. I really liked this as we were able to choose how we spent our money and went with a less expensive meal, more bar options and got the cake from them as well to include that towards the minimum. Having everything done right there on site made everything so much less stressful on us since we didn't have to coordinate as much and everything stayed hot and fresh that way versus having food delivered to hall. I also love that they have a restaurant as well so we can always go there for our anniversary now. Highly recommended!!
Cake & All The TrimmingsReviewed on 5/06/2014 Jessica P
I LOVED having my wedding at Noto's! I had my rehearsal dinner, ceremony, & reception there & I couldn't have asked for a better venue. The ceremony in the Bella Torre was beautiful & intimate, the rehearsal dinner in the private dining hall was delicious & the staff made last-minute accommodations seamlessly. I had my reception in the Paradiso Ballroom & it turned out very nice. Many of my guests made comments on how great the food was & how beautiful everything was. The pastry chef did a wonderful job on my cake - it was far better than expected! Noto's family (specifically Valentina) kept in contact with me about any changes & they were very accommodating even for last minute changes on my guest list. They worked with a few outside vendors (music & florist) with ease. Thank you so much Noto's for being a part of creating a perfect day for my husband & I! Definitely five-stars!!
We wouldn't have had our reception anywhere else!Reviewed on 5/20/2013 Jessica P
We selected Noto's after recommendations from friends, a great date night at the restaurant with impeccable service, and for the peace of mind of having a professional take care of a significant portion of the reception in one shot. Yes the minimums are expensive...however when you break down the cost and compare to banquet halls you may find (as we did) that the price is very competitive. I cannot even describe in words how much of a relief it was to have the catering, cake, set up, and take down all covered in one shot. As brides, we have too much to worry about! The food and cake received RAVE reviews from our guests, which is quite a feat as many of them are certified foodies and/or former caterers. The only issue - we had quite a few out of towners arrive early and were not welcomed pleasantly. I am confident though, this was likely a one time occurrence of someone having a bad day.
A Very Satisfied Bride!Reviewed on 11/20/2012 Lisa S
We had a beautiful, small and intimate wedding in October in Notos' Wine Cellar. What a fabulous experience! It is a perfect venue for smaller weddings with great atmosphere. We saved a lot on flowers and decorations because the room is so lovely and traditional that little was needed. The food was awesome. Dining in the Wine Cellar is always "chef's choice", with a customized tasting menu prepared by chefs based on the freshest, local ingredients available. The highlight was risotto prepared tableside, much to the delight of guests. We had a wonderful luncheon consisting of appetizers and champagne toast, wild mushroom and spinach salad, risotto, stuffed pork tenderloin, matching wines and a trio of assorted desserts for just under $100 per person, tax and tip included. In particular, Joann and Valentina Noto made the ceremony and reception very easy for me, with great service and assistance with referrals to other vendors. Creative Events did impressive flowers and Terpstra Photography shot many spectactular photos. Both of these vendors are highly familiar with the Wine Cellar and were great choices. We are an older couple and with the Noto family assistance, were able to plan our wedding in 8 weeks. I had wanted to honeymoon in Tuscany, but our wedding in the Notos' Wine Cellar was the next best thing!
Noto's Old World Italian Dining was Fabulous!Reviewed on 11/12/2012 Jen Q
Noto's Old World Italian Dining and Banquet Facility was one of the most accommadating and professional vendors that I worked with in planning our wedding across the country. I felt extremely comfortable and confident in Joann and her ability to host events. We enjoyed the food, the cute wedding cake, the beautiful venue and dance floor. My thanks again to Noto's for helping to make our day so special! - Jennifer H., Long Beach, CA
Nothing Beats Noto's!Reviewed on 11/02/2012 Heidi S
The people at Noto's immediately made us felt so comfortable in their facility. We were blown away by the beautiful setting and elegant atmosphere. JoAnn responded to our questions the same day we asked them and was always willing to try and see that our wishes were met. The food and service were terrific the day of our event. I loved that Noto's did not charge us a room rental fee- all of our money went towards food and drink for our guests. The bridal party had a blast taking pictures in the wine cellar and on the grand staircase! Renting the centerpieces from and having the table numbers provided by Noto's was so convenient and one less thing I had to worry about. The cake and cupcakes Noto's provided were delicious. If I could do it all over again, I would go straight back to Noto's without any hesitation.
SatisfiedReviewed on 10/27/2012 Carlee A
We were satisfied with Noto's we had our ceremony here and guidance was lacking during the rehearsal and during set up. Everything else was great!
5 Star WeddingReviewed on 10/18/2012 wendy g
On June 30, 2012 we had the most beautiful wedding that I still can not get over. I always dreamed about being married in a stunning facility where everyone was at awe of the whole day and I believe that is what happened. The Noto's family and staff treated us as if we were part of their family. We were not just another wedding party but we meant something and we were important. I can not say enough about how wonderful our experience was with Noto's. We will return again if there is ever other events that will happen in the future. We are truely blessed in so many ways. The price was very reasonable and the service was outstanding. I hope that you really consider Noto's because I promise you will not be disappointed. Thanks Noto's for making our day magical!
Great reception venue!Reviewed on 10/13/2012 Katie P
Noto's was a great venue for our wedding reception. I loved their food, the room, and I think the staff was amazing. Joann, Tony and the rest of the Noto's clan are great people, and we could not have chosen a better place to celebrate our wedding.
Everyone Was Happy!Reviewed on 10/02/2012 Joan B
Noto's did a great job for our daughter and son-in-law's wedding. They provided us with beautiful rooms, great food and exceptional service. Always stayed in contact, which was important to us! We would recommend them highly!
Beautiful pictures and amazing food!Reviewed on 12/07/2011 Christie M
The Noto's family was nothing short of kind, flexible, and helpful! They were willing to work with the needs of our families as well as what my husband and I were hoping for. They also allowed us to take pictures in the wine cellar. Our photographer was thrilled and we could not have been happier with the night!! Great place for a reception with amazing food and wonderful service.
Could not have asked for more...Reviewed on 9/15/2011 Elizabeth G
We held our wedding in the wine cellar in the basement. The service was amazing, the food was delicious, and the venue was beautiful. It was certainly a little pricier than some of the other venues we'd looked at in the area, but let me tell you, it was completely worth it. We could tell where every penny went to. Joann, one of the owners, was beyond helpful. She always responded within 24hrs (always!) and was both friendly and professional. Our families and guests were impressed with the day and overall experience too. I really can't say enough about how happy we were with our experience at Noto's - if you're considering them, go for it! You won't be disappointed.
Fun Time!Reviewed on 7/21/2011 Alicia C
We had our rehearsal dinner at Notos. The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was good. It was a fun time.
Joann makes the difference!Reviewed on 12/16/2010 Kara D
We had both our ceremony and reception at Noto's in October, and I cannot stop raving about how wonderful it was. We required so little decoration, because Noto's is an absolutely beautiful place. When we began looking for wedding ceremony/reception venues, we assumed we would use GVSU because we're both alum, but I forgot all about GVSU as soon as I saw Noto's and met Joann. What's so fabulous about Noto's is that they're family-owned, and Joann Noto is such a pro at what she does. She and her brothers will go the extra mile to make sure you have exactly what you want, and although they're pricier, it's worth every penny. The food was absolutely fabulous, and the bartenders and caterers were helpful and attentive all night. We truly felt like royalty on our wedding day! I must have emailed Joann 1000 times throughout our engagement, and she was quick to reply and never made me feellike I was bothering her. We even had to switch rooms when we had more people to invite than anticipated, and she didn't skip a beat! The best part about Noto's is their wine cellar. Do not leave your tour without taking a peek! Our photos from the wine cellar are spectacular and it's a beautiful, intimate setting. We used Bella Torre for getting ready and for formal photos, and it was gorgeous. After dinner, we decided to go with their espresso/biscotti bar. This was great, except we didn't make enough of an announcement about it and it was underused- make sure to let people know it's available. We'll always remember our wedding day as the best day of our lives, and it wouldn't have been the same without Joann and the wonderful Noto family. In short: Worth every penny!!!