When a few friends from overseas came to visit, I was given the the task of finding somewhere to lunch. Having perused over Cucina's menu over extensively during my procrastinations, I knew this was the place I wanted to try out.
Opting for an inside seat, we had a pleasant view of the restaurant's gorgeous antique decor. There was also a nice breeze coming in through their open doors which meant we could enjoy the lovely weather outside without the traffic whizzing by.
|Rocket, Pear & Walnut Salad: wild rocket, honeyed walnuts, pear, olive oil & sticky balsamic ($12.90)|
|Veal Cotoletta: crumbed veal with mozarella, potato puree, sauteed vegetables & mushroom sauce ($26.90)|
|Tomato & Prosciutto Pizza: marinated tomatoes, chilli, bocconcini, prosciutto slice & shaved parmesan ($23.90)|
|Risotto Zucca: roasted pumpkin, spinach, pine nuts, mushrooms & broccoli ($19.90)|
The things I loved most about Cucina were it's classy but laid-back interior and very spacious design and their friendly, attentive staff. We switched tables three times ("it's too windy!" "it's too noisy!") and the waitress calmly took it into her stride.
The dishes were overall fairly good - standard Italian-restaurant food - but nothing absolutely outstanding. I would come back again to try some of their antipasto (the slice eggplant and saffron and mozzarella arancini sound amazing) and their pasta. The parpedelle ragu is delicious, apparently.