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“Allergy Friendly, Creative, and Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cucina Alessa

Cucina Alessa
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Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
seattle
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Allergy Friendly, Creative, and Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Absolutely fabulous. I called the restaurant beforehand to ensure they could accommodate gluten and dairy free diets. The chef was creative, flexible, and offered a wide variety of options. My husband and I enjoyed the gluten-free pasta with red sauce and fresh seabass with a lobster reduction sauce. The vegetables included with the meal were very fresh as well and everything was cooked to perfection. The side salad we started with was refreshing and a treat to the taste buds. What a delight to have such a wide option of gluten and dairy-free options and to not miss any of the creativity or flavor in the meal. The service was top-notch as well. Next business trip in Huntington Beach, I will certainly return to Cucina Alessa.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank cranberryAli
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Fairborn, Ohio
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Best in Huntington Beach by far”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is the number one place to eat in Huntington Beach according to TripAdvisor and I couldn't agree more! The service is fantastic and the food is out of this world; the finest Italian cuisine. The atmosphere is great! This is an absolute must while in the area.

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank Lucas L
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San Francisco
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227 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Delicous Italian Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

Our extended family (10 of us) went had dinner on a Thursday night. The restaurant has been accommodating, taking our reservation that morning, and permitting us to shift time 30 minutes and change the size of the group.

The restaurant is a few blocks up from the main beach from restaurant row, leading to a calmer, more tranquil atmosphere with ample parking in the area.

We were seated upstairs in a timely manner. The service was friendly, but average. Our waiter seemed to be unfamiliar with the ingredients in the dishes - and this presented a problem as we wanted to know which menu items would accommodate gluten allergies. One of the main dishes arrived 7-10 minutes after the rest of the main courses.

The highlights:
Burrata on thinly sliced tomatoes
Pear and Gorgonza salad (ask them to put adequate dressing on)
Tortellini with prosciutto
Grilled Shrimp
Chicken Saltimbucco
Seashell pasta with shrimp
The warm chocolate cake with gelato was excellent.
Very good selection of wines by the bottle or by the glass

The fritto misto was average.

It was a nice meal - not rushed - nice ambiance - able to talk.

Definitely a cut above. Go and enjoy.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Double64Double
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Denver
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6 reviews
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“Better-than-Grandma-made Italian Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

We took my mother-in-law here for dinner the day after Mother's Day and had such a good meal, that others in our party wanted the recipes. The scallops on Meyer Lemon risotto were fantastic and my mother-in-law loved her ravioli. The Capellini with Pomodoro sauce was excellent. Even though we split dishes, we had more than enough food. Only my mother-in-law could manage dessert. She loved that our waiter called her "mama" and that he spoke Italian with us.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank XericMaid
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Huntington Beach, California
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201 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Quality”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

Had lunch there with a friend , totally enjoyed it...very attentive service without being too much.They also make a very good espresso there. I'm always a bit worried when I go to an Italian restaurant here, wondering how authentic it will be...well this one lives up to my expectations.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank RGerman
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