Having regularly visited other Italian restaurants in Birmingham, we decided to give Cucina Rustica a try based on the excellent trip advisor reviews. It was definitely worth the visit and lived up to its reputation. The pleasant decor makes the restaurant inviting although on our visit it was quiet and the atmosphere a bit lacking. It would be good to re-visit on a busier day to see if the ambience is much different on a weekend.
Overall the best part of a trip to Cucina is the delicious food which is reasonably priced. It was difficult to decide what to have as there is so much variety on the menu but my boyfriend opted for the rack of lamb which he allowed me to try and I can confirm it was perfectly cooked and was very tasty. I ordered a starter portion of the gnocchi with a side of rocket salad which again was yummy and not to be faulted. We were so impressed with the mains that we decided to order desserts which were very pleasant although we were unable to finish these as the portions were quite generous.
The only element that let the restaurant down was the service as although the waitress was polite and attentive when topping up our drinks the general service was very slow and the attentiveness stopped as soon as the desserts were served. As a general observation when eating out its often that we have found ourselves waiting to pay and being totally ignored by staff which can be very frustrating especially when there was hardly anybody else in the restaurant. The staff at Cucina should remember that good service should be from start to finish and that includes when payment is being taken.
We will definitely go back to sample more of the mouth watering menu after a great first experience and hope that the service is improved.
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