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“Prime Italian Cuisine”
Review of Cucina Rustica

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Ranked #17 of 195 Restaurants in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: In the lovely village of Oak Creek, Sedona you'll find a gem...The doorway to the imagination awaits you here. Old World decor with hand-crafted antique doors and ornate iron gates from around the world, draw you in then transport you back in time. The restaurant wraps its arms around you and settles you into a dining experience that many foodies seek out, but rarely find. The restaurant has won numerous awards of excellence for food and service, as well as Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 10 consecutive years. You will see Chef Lisa Dahl almost every evening visiting with guests, signing her award-winning cookbook, and in the kitchen paying close attention to every detail to ensure you'll have the most enjoyable dining experience. Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday 4:30-6PM.
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58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Prime Italian Cuisine”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

An excellent restaurant with tasty Northern Italian cuisine dishes, served with grace in a tasteful decor. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Stephan L
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Tyler, Texas
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“It was just...ok.”
Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

We sat outside on the patio because of previous reviewers stating how "in demand" it was. We were the only ones out there. Anyways, we were sat near a wall in the corner with the view of the unlit fireplace that was currently being used as a trash can. It felt very confined nothing "cool" about it plus the aroma in the air smelled like a dead rodent every time there was any kind of breeze. My husband loved his rib-eye w/prawns. The lasagna with steamed veggies was good. My kids had the chicken fettuccine and hated it. I tried it and the homemade noodles tasted like citrus?? I don't know why but if that's how they are suppose to taste I will stay with my store bought version.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank klmn0120
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Greeley, Colorado
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Real Italian!”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

This restaurant is one of the best in Sedona.  Having been
to Italy three times, I can say that they do serve good, very
good, no excellent Italian dinners.  I had one of the best
Veal Masala dishes ever!  The wine list is good and the
atmosphere is excellent...we chose indoors because of
the heat, but the patio dining is always in demand.
If ever in Sedona again, we shall return.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank RTPMoonwatcher
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Reno, NV
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141 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Excellent Mediterranean restaurant”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Without advance reservations, we never thought we'd get in here, but after a phone call, we were seated 15" later, at a quiet outdoor table. Food was very good, as was the recommended wine. The waiter was knowledgeable and reasonably attentive, although he seemed to be handling quite a few tables. His recommendations were on the mark, and we appreciated them. The owner or manager stopped by to inquire about our meal, and seemed genuinely interested. While not inexpensive, we thought the meal and ambiance were worth the cost. We would go back to this restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank RenoBill
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Very Good!”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Being Italian we are always skeptical when it comes to Italian restaurants. This restaurant, however, is close to being as good as it gets! Our kids ordered the arancini rice balls but were told they were out of them. A couple minutes later out waiter actually brought them the last two the kitchen had and didn't charge us for them! My husband and I ordered the veggie lasagna and saltimbocca which were very good! Wished we could have sat outside as it was a beautiful night but didn't know we had to make a specific reservation for that. Inside was just as nice though! Would definitely recommend this restaurant!!

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Salisa92
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