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“Awareness of Italian cuisine at its subtle best serves CUCINA 24 well !” 5 of 5 stars
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Cucina 24
24 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801-2710
828-254-6170
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Ranked #17 of 644 Restaurants in Asheville
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Otis Street
Description: Local chef Brian Canipelli has opened Cucina 24 at 24 Wall Street in downtown area. Cucina 24 features Italian cuisine.
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Awareness of Italian cuisine at its subtle best serves CUCINA 24 well !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Tomatoes, garlic and pasta do NOT Italian food make! A truth clearly understood by the talented imaginations of CUCINA 24 Chefs who entice rich depths of flavors and perfectly balanced seasonings into their creations. It was that great rush of kitchen aromas that enveloped us as we entered the rustic brick and wood interior of Cucina, slightly noisy but in a cheerfully bustling fashion. Whisked off to our table by a native Italian server, we enjoyed the synchrony of the line in their open kitchen, and drooled past the wood burning brick oven where pizzas of renown were inventing themselves. Leisurely glasses of excellent wine were enhanced by unusual breadsticks, tall and tasty, perched like flower stems in a tabletop vase; then two fresh green salads as delicious to eat as to look at appeared -- "the freshest in local and seasonal ingredients" indeed! Our pizza Margarita outdid expectation --crust thin as could be and topped impeccably ; a second entree I couldn't resist -- Veal Meatballs -- the word "MOIST" understates them -- quite simply the best I ever ate. After the feast , too sated for dessert , coffee & cordials invited my companion and me to look beneath the superlatives justified by such superb cuisine: aware that a certain aura of barely-concealed arrogance was present in management ( an echo of which inevitably finds its way down the staff ranks). While confidence in one's product is important , humility is an attractive, balancing ingredient as well. Whether by profession or avocation, we lovers of fine cuisine have an instinct that spots the red flags. Next summer will provide opportunity for another look at CUCINA, and may their freshest ingredient remain an integrity of purpose. Oh, and may those of you headed for this dining experience remember to brush up on your conversational Italian -- most of the staff are fluent as well as knowledgeable and happy to answer questions! Buon appetito!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Asheville North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Our Favorite Asheville Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Asheville has tons of great restaurants, including some wonderful Italian ones. I have to say that Cucina 24 is our favorite. Always a very interesting menu that changes frequently and the restaurant itself has a very cosmopolitan feel, It's also an excellent choice when we have out-of-town guests as while the menu is "foodie-oriented" there's still something for everyone. The pizzas are great, too!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oakton, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Taste sensation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We went to several well-regarded restaurants in Asheville and like them all, but this was our favorite. Creative cuisine, beautifully presented, and incredibly tasty! Great service, too.

Visited March 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“great pizza”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The mushroom bacon pizza was excellent. The service could use more work though. Also, its pricey...2 pizzas,2dinner salads,and a childs pasta cost 70!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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connecticut
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72 restaurant reviews
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“Just a late night bite; wonderful interior”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Procuitto and brussel sprouts and wine. All well done. Attrative space. Nice part of ashville as Wall street winds...

Visited March 2013
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