Cucina! Cucina! is delicious-ina!

January 5, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

No matter where you are in this country, there is sure to be an Italian restaurant nearby. In Issaquah, Cucina! Cucina! Italian Café should be on your radar.

The restaurant — near Issaquah’s Regal Cinemas in Pickering Place — has been serving up tasty Italian food for years.

When you first walk through the door, you’re greeted with bright, high-energy colors and decorations. This gives diners a fun environment in which to eat their meals.

Most tables are near coat hangers as well, which come in tremendously handy on cold and often wet winter days.

The menu offers a little something for everyone — soups, salads, pastas, pizzas and even steaks. Soups and salads will likely cost you the least, while steaks are more than $20 a plate.

There are more than 30 full entrées from which to choose, so it may take you a few minutes to determine the right dish for you.

Order your drinks, your meal and maybe an appetizer, and you’re ready to go. As you sit and chat, you’ll probably notice that your tablecloth is made out of paper. So, if you happen to be dining with somebody horrendously boring — or just feel like turning your tablecloth into a piece of art — just ask your waiter for some crayons and let loose on the paper before you.

After a few games of hangman and tic-tac-toe, or a poor reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” on your tablecloth, your food will be out and ready for you to enjoy.

On this particular day, I ordered the linguini and meatballs, the lunch special of the day. The dish is typically $12.95, but when it’s the special, it’s less than $10.

My plate was a healthy dose of noodles doused with a scrumptious red sauce and topped with succulent meatballs and mushrooms. The best way to enjoy this dish is to chop up the meatballs and mushrooms and have a little bit of both in every bite. Doing this will allow you to experience the full, complex and delightful taste of the dish.

One of my friends ordered the chorizo & red pepper penne ($12.25), which he found to be quite tasty. He also noted the spices complemented the pasta very well.

My other friend ordered the chicken linguini with goat cheese ($12.95). He also enjoyed his meal, and said the goat cheese was tasty and creamy, with a hint of lemon.

Cucina! Cucina! Italian Café should always be on the list of options when considering Italian food. Delicious food, fun atmosphere and fun on your tablecloth: Sounds like a great meal to me!

Cucina! Cucina! Italian Café
1510 11th Ave. N.W.
391-3800
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
Appetizers — $3.25 to $14.35; soup/salad — $3.25 to $12.25; entrées — $9.75 to $26.95

Cucina! Cucina! Italian Café

1510 11th Ave. N.W.

391-3800

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Appetizers — $3.25 to $14.35; soup/salad — $3.25 to $12.25; entrées — $9.75 to $26.95

Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcas@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

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