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“Mediocre”
Review of La Cucina

La Cucina
Ranked #40 of 647 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $31
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed December 19, 2012

One of a string of restaurants in the up-and-coming St Clements area, a little east of the city centre handily placed between Oxford's two universities, this restaurant failed to excite. Some dishes were quite nice, others less so; the overall impression is one of mediocrity.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Well organised, friendly. Pleasant service, Italian food!! Good wine selection, delicious deserts.
21 of left very satisfied and in a good mood.

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Thank BigShef
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

We have eaten at La Cucina twice now, on both occasions it has been an exceptional experience!
We love our food and the portions were generous and the quality of the ingredients fresh and full of flavour.
Although the food is great, the service is the best i have had!
The staff are so helpful, welcoming and are genuinely interested in making sure you enjoy your meal.
Finally, the cappuccinos are amazing, best restaurant coffee in oxford!
I would absolutely recommend this restaurant if you like a family style italian home cooking and a great atmosphere!

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Thank kirstycwatling
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

I've eaten at La Cucina many times before and reviewed it previously as 'one of our favourites'. Sadly, following our experience on Saturday night, this is no longer the case. We had booked a table but were running late so I called the restaurant to let them know and was told that this was fine. Clearly it wasn't as two members of staff (including the GM or whoever the chap in the pink shirt was) were surly, grumpy and, to be perfectly honest, borderline hostile. We felt rushed and unwelcome for the duration of our visit and I nearly lost my temper when the GM slammed our wine cooler down on the table without looking at us, let alone making eye contact or actually smiling! Needless to say we did not tip.

I ordered the prawn and crab salad, which was a little lacklustre and undressed (even though the menu described it as having a citrus dressing) and my partner described his dough balls as being 'cold, greasy lumps'. That said, the parma ham the lumps came with was plentiful and of very good quality and both of our pizzas were excellent.

It's a shame that standards seem to be slipping here and whilst we almost certainly would have forgiven the issues we had with our food, the attitudes we encountered were not tolerable and we will not be going back.

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Thank Drmukt1
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

We have been to La Cucina several times now and never been disappointed. The service is friendly without being over the top and we have always enjoyed the food. Can highly recommend the Duck Tagliatelle which is rich and extremely filling. Prices very reasonable about £20 per head including 2 course and wine.

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Thank ajh999
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