Cucina Restaurant & Wine Bar
5
1 Reviews
510 San Anselmo Ave.
San anselmo, California
94960
(415) 454-2942

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Carrie Gray's picture
San Francisco, California
01.05.11
5

Cucina

For a little sip of Italy and a little taste of Heaven.

Cucina's wine list is a book of over 250 wines catalogued by region, most coming from Italy, but many from California and Spain as well. Jack Kreitzman, the owner, will be happy to help you select a great bottle. A favorite are the Valpolicellas and they won't break the bank. You can also find Amarones as well as countless others.

The uniqueness of Cucina's Wine Bar lies in their extensive cellar of Italian wines and the available knowledge you're able to tap at any moment. Though the long list can prove daunting to master, you can simply offer your taste to your waiter or your bartender and they will match it as closely as they can. When you're tired of drinking all of that California wine, go to Cucina for a little sip of Italy.

The food here is to die for. The traditional bruschetta is complimentary before your meal and it is one of the best anywhere. You may not believe it until you try it but the Zucchini Carpaccio is fantastic. Once you have it you will order it every visit. An exceptional meal is the Orrechiette d'Elefante, which isn't a pasta, but a breaded chicken cutlet over greens with mushrooms and gorganzola. The pizzas from the wood-burning oven are also extravagantly delectable. All of the pastas are made fresh and try not to miss the mushrooms stuffed with sausage and fontina cheese.

There are tables lined up in the narrow front room, the right side for larger parties, the left for couples. In the back room you will find the wine bar where you can sit and drink (and eat) while enjoying the bartenders knowledge on which wines you should try. They also have tables back there for the overflow from the front of the house.

The food and wine is the star of this restaurant and because of that, the ambience has a bit blander backdrop, the walls an ombre yellow warmed by low lighting and the tables simple and stark against the walls. But you do see the brick pizza oven at the back of the room when you walk in. And should you weave your way back to the cozy wine bar, the colors warm up and the buzz of people talking, waiting for tables, sipping wine and growing happy abounds. You will find a Southern Marin crowd here typically and a lot of repeat customers. The wait staff generally remembers you if you go a lot and then your shown their appreciation by their show of attentive service. Families are also welcome and you will often see an more than two generations having a memorable dinner together.

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