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“What a Difference Three Years Makes”

Cucina Carini Italian Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 119 Restaurants in Mount Laurel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Description: Cucina Carini Pizza Grill and Restaurant has been serving the South Jersey area since 1992. Conveniently located on Hainesport-Mount Laurel Road, across from Hillside Elementary School, and just east of the Mount in Mount Laurel, Cucina Carini serves wonderful Italian Dishes , Pizza and Subs. Our light and airy Dining Area complements your dining experience , sort of a vision of dining in the old country.We offer Free Delivery to the surrounding area, and offer On-Site as well as Off-Site Catering. Come out and give us a taste
South Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“What a Difference Three Years Makes”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

We had eaten lunch & dinner at Cucina Carini a handful of times, attended showers & parties there, & always had great experiences - thanks to the intimate atmosphere, first-class service & food.

So when we happened to be in the area on a Wednesday night before 6 PM, we decided to pop in for dinner. There were literally less than a dozen folks dining at three or four different tables. But when we requested a table for five, we were frowned at & asked if we had a reservation. Really?! We were dressed & behaving respectably but it felt almost as if we were imposing upon the waitress. When we inquired if we could sit over at a nice round EMPTY corner table, we were told curtly that it was reserved. Menus were dropped onto a humpty-dumpty rectangular one just inside the main room. If my daughter didn't have an appointment within the hour locally, I'd have walked out then & there.

No one came near us for at least five to ten minutes. When a different waitress appeared, we were told all they had was soda or tap water, not even seltzer. Five glasses of water appeared with tiny halved slices of lemon. Another ten minutes passed before a gentleman finally came out to take our orders & he was more civil. All the same, by the time we were served, our daughter had to leave her meal half eaten to leave for her appointment. The bill for one order of calamari, one order of gnocchi, three individual pizzas, & a medium-sized salad with shrimp came to $102, plus tip!

Our daughter & son-in-law had held their rehearsal dinner at Cucina Carini in 2010, for 50 family members & guests! It was a very special occasion which we'll never forget. Perhaps this latest experience was due to the full moon, or there's been a dreaded change in management. It doesn't matter. This has completely tainted my opinion of Cucina Carini & it's doubtful I'll ever darken their doorway again.

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Western Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Delightful dining”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

A most attractive small restaurant in a somewhat rural setting. Worth a couple miles drive. Excellent food, excellent service, moderate prices. BYOB, which keeps the price down. Can't recall the name of the fish special that my wife had, prepared with light ginger and garlic, but it was outstanding. I had gnocchi with bacon and spinach -- enough for two, and delicious. A remarkable soup based on egg-drop with very fine pasta and minced vegetables. Garden salad could be symbolic of the Garden State. Dozens of pasta and seafood dishes. Veal is always excellent, according to our family members who live nearby. We've been there several times, and it's always just right. Service is Jersey-prompt.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Ernest58
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Moorestown, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Litay Italy in Mt Laurel”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Wife and her bridge club frequent for lunch so eight of us went for dinner. Had a great meal. Appetisers to desert were as delicious as the service was accomodating. Would definitely go back. Don't be fooled by the farmland locale.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Philip P
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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Catered Food for My Son's Graduation was Spectacular!!!”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Food was excellent! It was delivered hot and on time!! Everyone raved what a hit it was!! Can't wait to go and eat in the restaurant. Thanks for making the party a complete success!!

Visited May 2012
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cozy Italian neighborhood restaurant”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

Happened to just pass by this quaint adorable Italian restaurant, easy to miss, if you aren't looking for it. So we decided to check it out. Everyone was really friendly. We ordered the Bruschetta Trio, delicious, but I would add more garlic, needed just a bit more kick. For dinner we had the specials, my husband had fish over risotto that was awesome & very fresh tasting.
I ordered the chicken breast with roasted peppers, crabmeat & mozzarella. It was good, but could of been much better. Note to the chef, serve the pasta on the side, not in the same dish with the chicken, looked sloppy & the reduction sauce was soupy. The crab should be lump crab, not shredded & skip the mozzarella, it just covered up this wonderful dish, now add more garlic & fresh herb, perfect!

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Phyllis K
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