Cucina is a cozy trattoria style old Italian kitchen complete with rustic exposed brick, open kitchen and the heady aroma of tomatoes, olive oil and oregano.
The wood-fired pizza oven bakes crispy thin-crust pies while the chefs serve up a delicious variety of traditional Italian antipasti and salads, accompanied by home-made pastas, pizzas and risottos.
I was invited to try this popular restaurant which is one of Dubai’s oldest! Enter this place and you will feel like you have entered a cottage in Italy where you will get home cooked Italian food. And that is exactly what happened. Even the chef was so warm and made us feel comfortable, like our mom would, when we have returned home after a long time.
The service was warm and I loved how they had a lift inside the restaurant which would bring up your basket of complimentary bread. It was served with a side of their famous dip which consisted of parmesan cheese, vinegar and olive oil. The breads were nice and hot and went well with the dip.
INSALATA CAPRESE – Buffalo mozzarella, 5 kind tomatoes, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil, black olive pesto crouton. The mozzarella was luscious and the tomatoes fresh!
RAVIOLI CON RICOTTA e SPINACI, BURRO FONDENTE ALLA SALVIA- Ricotta Cheese, Spinach Ravioli, Creamy Butter, Sage, Parmesan. This ravioli was not too creamy and good for those who like their pasta a bit al dente and can feel the spinach inside.
CUCINA PIZZA – Tomato, oregano, basil, mushrooms, parmesan and buffalo mozzarella. This pizza was wood fired and very good. I loved the addition of buffalo mozarella to it and the rustic taste of it being wood fired. It is best when hot!
GNOCCHI DI PATATE E POMODORI SECCHI, BURRO DI PEPERONE, PINOLI, TOSTATI – Potato and sun dry tomato Gnocchi in red pepper cream, toasted pine seeds. A very different sauce, the gnocchi was flavorful and cooked well in the red pepper cream.
For desserts we had the Pannacotta with mix berry compote and the Tiramisu. Both were very Italian but i liked the Tiramisu more! I really liked how both were presented.
The restaurant was pretty packed and their popularity reigns till date. You can also grab your favorite homemade pastas along with Chef Mauro’s special recipe and create the Cucina experience at home.