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CUCINA enoteca Del Mar

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Mini mason jars with tuscan toast
Artichoke + Olive Tapenade
Jars $+4.00
Cured Salmon Tartare + Grape + Fennel
Jars $+4.00
Chicken Liver Pâté + Brown Sugar Shallot
Jars $+4.00
Herb Goat Cheese + Orange Infused Pepper
Jars $+4.00
Tuna Conserva + Chick Pea + Caper Jam
Jars $+4.00
Burrata + Roasted Garlic Confit
Jars $+4.00
Lemon Roasted Beet
Avocado + honey yogurt + basil + candied pistachio + balsamic
Farro + Brussels Sprout Leaf
Persimmon + apple + grape + feta + creamy walnut vinaigrette
Little Gem Caesar
Lemon pugliese toast + fried shallot + parmesan panna
Farmer's Chopped
Pickled cauliflower + tomato + peperoncini + caciocavallo cheese + sourdough crouton + olive vinaigrette
Pork fennel salame $+1.50
Arugula + Heirloom Tomato
Shaved parmesan + 18 yr old balsamic
Creamy Mascarpone Polenta
Today’s ragu
Formaggi + Salumi
+ Condimenti + crostini
3 for $12.00
4 for $15.00
5 for $18.00
Tuffed Fried Squash Blossoms
Herb ricotta + opal basil pesto + cured lemon aioli
Grilled Octopus
Pickled beech mushroom + charred spring onion + acqua pazza aioli + black garlic + coriander vinaigrette
Burrata + Prosciutto ‘Caprese’
Heirloom tomato + arugula + gaeta olive + aged balsamic
Zuppa Di Minestra
Meatball +‏ fregola + braised dandelion green + parmesan
Cup $5.00
Bowl $9.00
Pear + Gorgonzola
Caramelized onion + candied pecan + arugula + aged balsamic
San marzano tomato + housemade mozz + basil
Goat Cheese + Squash Blossom
Grilled corn + cherry tomato + squash blossom + lemon preserve + aged balsamic
Chicken Meatball
Smoked mozzarella + arrabbiata + swiss chard
Pepperoni + Fennel Sausage
Housemade mozz + peppadew pepper
Foraged Mushroom
Taleggio + braised leek + truffle oil
Smoked Prosciutto + Pineapple
Serrano chile + tarragon + mozz
Pancetta + Brussels Sprout Leaf
Fontina + red onion + roasted garlic + calabrian chili
Mini Focaccia Loaf X Two + Sundried Tomato Pesto
Truffle Parm Fries
Burnt Brussels Sprout + Ivan's Hot Sauce
Giant Meatballs
Creamy Polenta + Parmesan
Farmer's Market Vegetable
Small Arugula Salad
With choice of truffle fries or small arugula salad
Porchetta + Brie Panini
Arugula + truffle oil + wildflower honey
Grilled Three Cheese
Mozzarella di bufala + asiago + parmesan butter crusted lemon bread + tomato confit
Bacon $+2.00
Chicken Meatball Parmigiano
Marinara + mozzarella + oregano
CE brandt farms burger
Braised short rib + fiscalini cheddar + honey mustard aioli
Grilled Zucchini + White Bean Hummus
Balsamic onion + arugula + parmesan tasca
Lamb Mortadella Panini
Peperoncini chili relish + provolone + nepitella aioli
Porcini Cannelloni
Foraged mushroom + tomato + ricotta + asiago + rosemary
Guanciale + burnt cabbage leaf + tomato + chili + pecorino + hen egg
Short Rib Pappardelle
Cremini mushroom + carrot + parmigiano
Spicy Shrimp Angel Hair Puttanesca
Olive + caper + tomato
Lamb + Spinach Creste Rigate
Goat cheese fonduta + candied pine nut
Baked Arctic Char
Grilled tuscan kale + cannellini bean + caper berry + tomato + rosemary breadcrumb limoncello butter sauce
Roasted Mary's Chicken
Fontina polenta + asparagus + swiss chard + pistachio pesto + poached hen egg
Balsamic Marinated Tri Tip
Salt crusted potato salad + spigarello + barolo reduction
Cucina Cup
Pimms + cocchi torino + muddled cucumber + mint + lemon
Del Duomo
Zucca + gin + grapefruit juice + fresh pressed lemon + simple
Contratto white vermouth + dolin blanc + ferrand dry curacao
Carpano antica + sweet vermouth + fresh pressed orange + bitters
Negroni Russo
Vodka + aperol + dolin rouge + orange zest
Sardinian Red Sangria
Red wine + anisette + brandy + fruit + splash of soda
Kensington White Sangria
White wine + peach brandy + triple sec + fruit + splash of soda
Basil Gimlet
Gin + basil + lime + simple
Peach Julep
Bourbon + mint + muddled peach
Cucumber Blossom
Vodka +‏ st germain + simple syrup + lime juice + muddled cucumber
Chai Spiced Rum
Roasted Pineapple Gin
Vanilla Bean Bourbon
Red Jalapeno Tequila
CUCINA enoteca is a two-story, 8,500 square-foot Italian restaurant and wine shop located in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade. CUCINA’s contemporary Italian cuisine is prepared with a focus on California seasonality + the bounty of local farms. Combined flavors of Italy with the organic freshness of Southern California is emblematic of CUCINA’s from-scratch menus. Standouts include shareable portions of house made pastas, innovative pizzas, cleverly crafted seafood and meat preparations, an elevated selection of antipasti, dolci, and signature cheese + salumi. Seasonal cocktail menus crafted with freshly picked herbs from their own gardens are precise, balanced + direct, combining simple flavors
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Italian, Wine Bar
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous covid-compliant service. Excellent, creative food, and lovely, original and trend right surroundings; given you’re in a higher end strip mall, just off a busy road, and opposite Gelson’s and McDonalds, this is a great find for a buzzy night out.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed February 14, 2020 via mobile

Wonderful couples dinner last night! I loved the family style options which we did for one of the salads but they have pasts as well. We started with an amazing wine from their extensive list. In fact, for our second bottle the sommelier actually came...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 13, 2020 via mobile

We had 2 great salads and branzino. It was hard to pass over great looking pizza. We may stop by to take out. It’s pretty lively there.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020

Beautiful decor with great food. I have visited with family (kids made their own pizza) and also with friends. Perfect for date night or family dining.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed February 8, 2020

Unique interior – lots to look at. Large high top tables in the large open seating area. Happy drinks and food. We had the giant meatball (lots of black pepper), the tricolor salad (very fresh – made as we watched) and the polenta and ragu...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 22, 2019 via mobile

Californian-Italian restaurant with freshly made pastas and retail wine store. Made a reservation through Opentable for 6:30pm on a Saturday. There’s plenty of parking and the entrance is through the wine store. You check in with the hostesses to the left. We had to wait...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 30, 2019

I have always loved the vibe, cocktails and food at Cucina but I am not a fan of recent changes to the bar menu and spirit collection.. Replacing one of the best gin in the world, Bombay Sapphire with an Italian white lightening spirit does...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 9, 2019

Fanciful cocktails & delicious family style dining made this private ‘night before the wedding’ a special memory. The staff was attentive, food delicious, atmosphere rustic & romantic. I’ve not eaten downstairs/off, But the entire restaurant was aglow!

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019

Really good vibe at this busy restaurant. The menu is somewhat small but the dishes are very good. Make a reservation.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 3, 2019

It's just off the I-5 and in a shopping center, but Cucina enoteca Del Mar is a cleverly designed, visually appealing restaurant with an interesting menu and good service. It can get a bit crowded, but with good reason. Give it a try. You will...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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March 31, 2016|
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Response from hellobeachhouse | Reviewed this property |
Hello. We Uber so we don't have to worry about a designated driver. We use the San Diego Marriott Del Mar hotel. It is about 4 miles south of Enoteca just off the 5 and the 56 in Del Mar Highlands. L'Auberge would be... More
November 28, 2015|
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Response from Owen S | Property representative |
For bottles brought in from outside, our corkage is $20. We do have our in-house wine shop where you can purchase a bottle for the table or to take home. For bottles purchased in-house, the corkage is $8. As a few have... More
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