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“Great last year, this year a disaster!”
Review of Cucina Biazzi

Cucina Biazzi
Ranked #21 of 161 Restaurants in Ashland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed March 2, 2013

We had a lovely meal when we dined at this restaurant last year; our only complaint was that we were seated in the back room where we froze in spite of the fireplace. The acoustics were awful in that room, as well. I phoned 6 weeks in advance for a reservation for this year's trip to Ashland. We carefully selected the table we wanted: "The most requested table" I was told--I was glad I reserved early. I called the restaurant two hours before to confirm the time and the table. We were all set--or so we thought. We arrived ten minute early for our 8 o'clock reservation. The hostess and a waitress conferred in front of us, "Oh, I gave that table to the couple who just arrived without a reservation." We had a choice of sitting 5 inches away from another couple or sitting in the freezing cold back room--but they would put the fireplace on--and they promised we'd be the only ones seated there, so it would be private. So much for reserving almost two months ahead and reconfirming two hours before our dinner; but it seemed to be an acceptable alternative to a terrible disappointment.

The food was mediocre at best. The service was slow. The room felt like Siberia--especially when the door was opened for the staff to come in and out--they should have made a wind-chill advisory. Before our main course arrived, another couple was seated directly beside us and talked loudly throughout dinner. Because the walls and floor are brick and slate the room echoed with their voices. The temperature of the room chilled our hot food to stone cold within minutes. It was a disaster--a very expensive disaster.

If you're in Ashland, try a lovely place in the center of town: Amuse. The place is charming, the service perfect, and the prices are the same--maybe even a bit less--as Cucina Biazzi.

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1  Thank PAHRN
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

This is one of our go to restaurants in Ashland. In the summer you can sit outside by the fire, but inside is lovely as well. The three course menu is well worth it. Try the capallini with bread crumbs. The antipasto is always a treat. Easy to get in and out by play time. Get reservations first.

Thank RoBertie
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

We just enjoy this place. Nothing all that fancy, just solid good food and service and reasonable prices. The set menu is terrific and when we have a large group, even better, because we get more choices to share. The portions are good and not so huge that you feel too full after the four courses. The pasta is excellent. The salad concluding the meal is fairly plain, mostly iceberg lettuce, but usually I'm so full that I'm grateful not to be either eating too much or wasting food at the end of the meal. We always include a dinner at Cucina when we visit OSF.

Thank BarryandJackie
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This falls squarely in the "worth waiting for" category. We tried to get reservations several times but could never get them. Finally we decided to try a visit in winter... and what a great experience. The room is simply lovely, warm, inviting with soft glowing light. The five-course menu, that changes with seasons and market availability, is wonderful. The service was helpful and very professional. Reservations are mandatory in summer and I'm looking forward to returning when seating on the patio is once again open. A bit pricey (higher than Peerless or Smithfields), but for a special occasion this place is a true treat.

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1  Thank Jeremy S
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We can't resist the lovely pillows of lobster in a lemon cheese sauce (which is house made). Staff is always great!

Thank Ashlandbuck
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