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“Both a great culinary and human experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Osteria del Cucco - CLOSED

Osteria del Cucco
Price range: $27 - $54
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Urbino, Italy
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Both a great culinary and human experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2010

The restaurant is little, as previous reviewers pointed out there are long tables that you'll most probably share and booking ahead is highly recommended.
Dodi is the owner with her husband Giorgio and, along with their super-charming staff they will make your meal memorable from a culinary and human point of view. The breads, pastas and desserts are all home-made, the herbs and mashrooms are collected or grown by them and all the other ingredients are chosen with great care.
You'll find traditional (often old recipes that were rescued) dishes along with imaginative recipes using only seasonal ingredients.
Dodi does not speak any English and there is no written menu, so just go with the flow, have a look at what other diners are eating and enjoy your meal!
It's also a great option for vegetarians.

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1 Thank Giulia-da-Urbino
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, UK
Level Contributor
22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“eccentric, cosy, joyous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2010

This tiny restaurant is an eccentric one-off. It is tucked away down a cobbled side-street off the main square of this charming little hill town. Supremely cosy, the walls are packed with an eclectic collection; boars' heads, pre-war photos, mysterious objets of unfathomable purpose, etc. Booking ahead is highly advisable. There's seating for only about 25, and on the longer tables you're likely to end up sharing . Sharing is not a problem, though; you will probably find yourself mixing with kindred spirits, equally charmed by the staff and unique atmosphere. You can't help but enter into the joyous spirit of it all.
There was no written menu; when we arrived we were simply asked whether we wanted both antipasti and pasta. We did. The antipasti arrived, in copious quantities, a rustic selection including in particular a delectable thing done with artichokes.
A wine list may or may not exist; it hardly matters; it's the sort of place you just go with the flow; we were offered red or white house wine, which was robust and local, complementing the food very nicely.
Main courses were a variety of simple, generous pasta dishes (about half a dozen to choose from), again with a strong rustic, home-cooked character, such as spinach and ricotta ravioli, linguine with forest herbs, and a wonderful dish with large, flat diamonds of pasta and minced pork cheeks. Lots of new and original tastes. Our supremely cheerful, chatty waitress/hostess (surely the owner) thoughtfully suggested something more mainstream - and not on the (oral) menu - for the youngest children; it went down a treat.
We couldn't manage pudding, but a wide selection was undertaken at the other end of our table and pronounced excellent by our neighbours, who were very amicable and clearly having as good a time as we were.
The service was fantastically friendly, indeed tactile (it's rather cramped in there for those serving, and there were some blonde children among us), and included a selection of digestifs (a sweet cherry brandy, a liquorice liqueur, a fierce grappa) popped on the table for us to sample after we'd finished (without charge), and big fat kisses for all when we left (with extra kisses for the nine year old).
In many ways it was more like eating in a private house than a restaurant. It was the most fun, original and memorable restaurant I've been to for many years.
Supper for five with house wine (plus the indelible memories); 125 euros.

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Thank AkondofSwat
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