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“A real Gem in Edinburgh”
Review of Cucina

Cucina
Ranked #403 of 2,595 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $42 - $179
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Old Town
Description: Flawless hospitality. From early morning till late at night. Our award-winning destination restaurant Cucina is the pulsing heart of G&V. Cucina is where you'll find authentic, seasonal, modern cooking. Menus inspired by classic Italian cuisine, with Head Chef Mattia Camorani at the helm. Pushing boundaries, whilst serving the classics. Created with the finest ingredients, freshly prepared with passion. Where the rich flavours of the Italian regions meet in the beautiful G&V surroundings. An exciting selection of wines from the old world to the new, matched perfectly to every course. Flawless, friendly, five star service. Filled with laughter and knowledge. For every occasion whether dressing up or down. A place for special events, for making memories or for doing business. All day, every day.
Reviewed January 31, 2013

We regularly have lunch at Cucina when in Edinburgh and have been doing so since it first opened. The food is simple, innovative and Italian. A recent lunch of the freshest mussels in a rich tomato broth, a tranch of Hake served on Puy lentils with parsley, and a poached pear served on an intense jelly base with honeycomb ice cream was outstanding. A very interesting and comprehensive, mainly Italian, wine list. Prosecco is available on draught!
The quality of the food and wine are complemented by exemplary service which, while remaining totally professional, is friendly, welcoming and helpful. Consistency is something a lot of restaurants fail to deliver. Cucina has never disappointed.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We recently ate at Cucina on a cold Monday night in January. The restaurant was not busy but this did not affect the service we received at all.
We started with cocktails from their list. Both were a great taster of things to come.
The starters of cured meats for me and green bean salad for my partner were simply described in the menu but the quality of both were excellent. The main course of mouth watering calves liver ( Venetian style) and my partners risotto with duck ragu and sage continued the theme of well balanced flavours cooked to perfection.
The desserts of lemon sorbet and Tiramisu with a recommended dessert wine were wonderful. I can assure you that you will not have tasted a Tiramisu like this any where else .

The wine menu did not give much of a description but was set out according to different regions of Italy. We decided to go for a Sicilian wine which we did not know. It proved a very good accompaniment to the dinner.

We were able to chat to the staff who were not only knowledgeable about the food but about the company in which they clearly had justified pride - which is very refreshing and gave us the feeling that we were indeed eating somewhere special and somewhere to which we will doubtless return.

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Thank Douglas Y
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

A favourite restaurant which I've dined at many times and have never written a review so I'm rectifying this. Cucina is contemporary Italian restaurant with an equally high quality delivery of both food and service. The food is classic Italian cuisine, strong on flavour and freshness and without too much over-complication and the service is very attentive, professional and friendly. The wine list is vast but surprise yourself by asking for a wine to be chosen for you at a budget and of a given style and I promise you'll have a great wine selected for you. Suitable for all occassions from family meals out, to celebrating to business entertaining.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

The seating area is well designed, plenty of space for diners and staff.
Good menu, covering most dietary requirements.

The staff were courteous and attentive and the food was of a high standard.
Dining in the Cucina is a very pleasant experience.
As the restaurant was very busy, other diners were in agreement with me !!

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Thank stum574
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Overall a very pleasant and relaxing experience with high food quality and also very attentive staff who weren't over fussy an delivered a pleasant atmosphere. Not sure if music in background is capturing right mood, but it doesn't detract from overall experience.

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