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Cucina

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26/28 Green Lane, Derby DE11RP, England (Formerly Cafe Cucina Restaurant)
441332346796
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Description: Italian trattoria, serving homemade fresh food 5 days a week. Family run,...
Italian trattoria, serving homemade fresh food 5 days a week. Family run, local institution, opened by Alfonso Mallardo, and now run by his two sons. In the evenings, we serve a mixture of Italian classics, and some more adventurous specials. Pop in for lunch for a quick bowl of pasta or platters of antipasti.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
I could have been sitting by the Mediterranean the food is so authentic

We had an absolutely fantastic meal on Friday. Salt cod fish cakes with piquant tomato sauce, goats cheese with poached apple and walnut salad, sea bass with pearl barley risotto, gnocchi and lamb, selection of home made gelato and amaretto, reasonably priced wine. We came away sated and happy with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had an absolutely fantastic meal on Friday. Salt cod fish cakes with piquant tomato sauce, goats cheese with poached apple and walnut salad, sea bass with pearl barley risotto, gnocchi and lamb, selection of home made gelato and amaretto, reasonably priced wine. We came away sated and happy with the whole experience, thanks for the excellent customer service and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really lovely friendly atmosphere and tasty food. It is a little tucked away so I didn't realise it was there until a friend recommended it and I was very pleased to discover a hidden gem in the heart of Derby.

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Thank Leighla62
Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having enjoyed a visit last year, this was a birthday treat; Saturday night, very busy and noisier than ideal. The pear and honey salad starter is wonderful, as were everyone else's meals. Very good value. Waiter a little quick to remove the wine glasses...

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Thank JeffB64CPR
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I lived in Italy for several years and have always wondered how UK Italian restaurants so often miss the mark -- until I stumbled onto this gem one chilly night in Derby. Great selection and right-sized portions. It's not a chain -- the service is personable, the flavours fresh, the dishes inventive yet not straying from real Italian principles. Thankfully,... More 

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had chosen the restaurant from the reviews as we were visiting Derby. We had shoulder of lamb and lasagne and two quite unusual starters. All were delicious and seemed genuinely homemade. Staff and service were excellent. We will come again when we are next visiting. Many thanks.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a Saturday night - based on trip advisor reviews. The decor and welcome were promising. The menu was quite limited. The olives and bread were nothing special. The sea bass was nice and so were the chips, however the venison ragout pasta was not good - very dry and tasteless. The beer was good bottled beer but... More 

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Thank Pam T
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited Cucina for the office Christmas meal in December 2015 and had a fantastic experience. Despite the large size of our group, the service was spot on and the food was absolutely delicious. Although not traditional Christmas grub, the food was fantastic and it made a change from what you would expect at this time of year. As a... More 

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Thank Reat1985
Derby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went To Cucina last night for the first time with friends. Pleasant friendly and professional welcome from the staff.Offered to take my coat and was promptly given the drinks menu. Comfy chairs with homely wooden tables. Chefs in the Kitchen clearly visible which we like. Menu is not large, however the choice is varied to suit most palates. In a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As always service and food superb. A quiet night at the restaurant however standards as high as ever. Well done keep it up.

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1 Thank Falstaff75
Worcestershire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived and had to wait 20 minutes to be asked if we would like a drink. There wasn't a lot to choose from on then menu but we couldn't fault the food and it was good value. We sat with empty glasses after our first drink. I had to ask the waitres for another. It was a Saturday night... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 26/28 Green Lane, Derby DE11RP, England (Formerly Cafe Cucina Restaurant)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Derby
  • Phone Number: 441332346796

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 33
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions

Description

Italian trattoria, serving homemade fresh food 5 days a week. Family run, local institution, opened by Alfonso Mallardo, and now run by his two sons. In the evenings, we serve a mixture of Italian classics, and some more adventurous specials. Pop in for lunch for a quick bowl of pasta or platters of antipasti.
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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