In June we celebrated Tyler and Alli’s birthdays at La Cucina. We had not gone in a while, and I am still a big fan. The restaurant is not perfect. The restaurant is very tiny and there are only a few 2-seat tables available in the restaurant. They also don’t take reservations for parties under 4 people. Therefore, if you are doing a date night and don’t come early enough to make the first seating, you will likely end up waiting for about an hour.
Also, there is only one chef making all the food, so depending on how many orders are in before yours, you could be waiting quite some time for your food. With all that said, I still give this restaurant 5 stars because the food is amazing. Because we had a party of 8, we made reservations well in advance and preordered our food to speed up the process. We ordered a few appetizers, two salads, and a number of entrees. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of most of the dishes. Here are the pictures that I did remember to take.
We started the meal off with two orders of Bruschetta ($10) and Crostini Al Porcini ($12), shown above. The Bruschetta came with 4 pieces of grilled buttered bread topped with fresh tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil. The Crostini Al Porcini also came with 4 pieces of grilled bread topped with mozzarella and porcini mushrooms.
Next came our two salads – the Insalata di Prosciutto ($18) shown above, and the Insalata di Salmone ($18). The Insalata Di Prosciutto had slices of proscutto and tomato and parmesan cheese on top of romaine lettuce and the Insalata Di Salmone came with a piece of grilled salmon on top of a head of romaine and mixed greens. Both came with an olive oil vinaigrette. If the food came out faster, I would say skip the appetizers and salads and go straight for the entrees. However, given that there is only one chef, having an appetizer or salad is necessary to pass the time.
We also ordered (not shown) the Gnocchi in Butter & Sage Sauce ($20), the Tagliolini Nero ($26) and the Risotto Norcina ($20). Over the course of various occasions, I’ve tried all the Gnocchi (Butter and Sage, Gorgonzola, and Norcina and Vodka) and Risoto (Risotto Fungi, Risotto Norcina, Risoto Zafferano, and Risotto Nero) dishes and all of them are delicious. I recommend them all.
We also ordered the Agnello Shank and the Osso Buco. Both dishes require preordering the dishes a few days in advance and the price varies by market rates. Both were slowly braised and were fall of the bone tender.
This is by far my favorite Italian restaurant on the island. The food is outstanding, and I have never had a bad dish yet. All the dishes are fresh and made from scratch every day.
Good food with good people There is nothing better. Happy Birthday Tyler and Alli!!
La Cucina Ristorante Italiano
725 Kapiolani Blvd, Ste C112, Honolulu, HI 96813