La Cucina serves up wholesome Italian dishes in a cozy trattoria setting.
My friend and I ate there last night. Although there was only one other occupied table in the entire restaurant, the hostess seated my friend and I were seated at a table in the back, against the back side wall. While we were eating our appetizer, two noisy men were seated at a table directly behind and to our side - only one arm's length away. Now there were only three fully occupied tables in the entire restaurant. The waiter was arrogant, haughty, and in our faces throughout our meal. My friend finished his dinner early and his plate was taken away, but not silently. We were interrupted many times with unnecessary comments, such as "I'll just take this away" and "Are you finished yet?" This is pretty much taboo in a good restaurant. Waiters should go about their tasks unnoticed and be 100% courteous and sensitive towards their customers. When my friend tried to pay his bill, there was a problem with the debit machine. He tried three times and the paper pumped out, "Transaction Not Completed." After the third try, the waiter announced to the entire restaurant, "DECLINED." I was so angry that I could barely contain the food I had just eaten there. The waiter is a sadist with a very very bad attitude. It wouldn't surprise me if he personally planned our entire evening to be miserable. In recent outings, I have not felt more like a second-class citizen than at La Cucina. The food was okay. Our meals came to combined total of $81. I will never go back and I do not recommend this restaurant unless you have very "thick skin."
Took my wife here for our anniversary dinner. It's a wonderful homey little Italian restaurant. The food is perfect Italian. It's exactly what I would expect. We started with the beef carpacio, my wife's first experience with anything raw was carpaccio on the night I proposed. We love carpaccio. We had the caesar salad-same as everywhere, which is fine, it's what we expect. My wife had the chicken supreme-cooked perfectly. I had pasta with prosciutto and peas in a cream sauce-delicious. And finished it off with an amazing tiramisu. There service was friendly, and considering there was only one other table of 2 in the restaurant, not too in your face.
You will like to go there, especially on a cold day. Good food, it was better than we anticipated. We had a bottle of wine, my son and I choose a much higher price wine then we would normally order out. I tried chicken liver appetizer, which was well prepared.The ambiance is quite nice. Music is mediocre. Service was solid.Prices are above average, but affordable.
Went to La Cucina last night for dinner. II ordered the special, which happened to be Halibut (my favorite) and I should have known better not to order a fish dish in an Italian restaurant!!
The Halibut was too wet and not to mention it lacked any kind of flavour. The vegetables were done in olive oil, so my plate had water on it from the fish as well as a lot of olive oil. I could have made that meal at home quite easily and it would have tasted 100 times better.
Sorry, but I don't think I would go back after such a disappointing meal.
This restaurant has consistently drawn my family back, while a tad quaint, the service is excellent (as they get to know you fast) and the food is always outstanding. The porterhouse for two is, to me, the ultimate date food; smothered in parmesan and served with sides and a decadent port reduction, this is one of the best steaks in town. The pasta is all made in-house and it shows: my all-time favourite is the gorgonzola gnocchi, which don't appear on the dinner menu but are still available if you ask. And even if you think you won't like them, you absolutely have to try the chicken liver appetizers; served on toast with sage brown butter, these are the best chicken livers I've ever had, I have no idea how they do it but they are delicate and soft like good foie.
Without a doubt the best Italian available on the North Shore, this place knocks the socks off of showier, pricier places like Quattro.