About Cucina 24
Asheville, NC 28801
Chef & owner Brian Canipelli opened Cucina 24 in 2008 on Wall Street in the center of downtown Asheville, NC.
Our kitchen is focused on melding the traditions and philosophies of Italian cookery with ingredients found in the mountains of the American South.
We work closely with a number of area farms and our menus reflect produce that they bring to us.
Chef Brian has three children, Mia, Skylar and Luca.
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 2:30pm
Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday-Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street Parking on Wall Street as well as Wall Street parking garage.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
Cucina 24 Ratings and Reviews
When making our reservation I requested ...
When making our reservation I requested a romantic table for my wife's birthday. Upon arrival, the first thing we noticed was a old peeling faux leather sofa in the waiting area. Then we were taken to our "romantic" table about two feet from the expo station where we could enjoy the sounds of dishes and the view of the backs of servers as they grab their food. The menu was confusing and their prix fixed menu had all of the good items; which were unavailable to order otherwise. Our waiter seemed very kind and attentive, but it was too little too late for us. We went next door and without a reservation we were seated at a far superior table with great ambiance and service. I don't think we will be back. The food may be spectacular, but unfortunately you will have to overcome barriers to very to it.
Absolutely delicious. Would recommend to ...
Absolutely delicious. Would recommend to anyone! We did the chefs selection coursed meal and it was adventurous---everything was incredible (things we'd never try otherwise but were so good!) they were also very accommodating of our dietary needs
Intimate atmosphere, friendly staff. Ser ...
Intimate atmosphere, friendly staff. Server was particularly good. Meal/service was nicely paced between apps and meal. Never ran out of drinks. Didn't feel rushed at all. Music wasn't loud but somewhat eclectic style. Didn't seem to fit that we'll overall but no complaint.
Loved subtlety of flavors. Monk fish was excellent. Potions were perfect. Seating was packed and noise level was surprisingly subdued.
Really enjoyed it.
Cucina 24 is an eclectic Italian restaur ...
Cucina 24 is an eclectic Italian restaurant. It has taken the Italian Classics in a different direction - a good one! Being Italian, I'm used to and bored with "red" sauce everywhere I go. I can make that at home. Here, I had spaghetti with lemon and anchovies. Amazing! My non-Italian husband had pasta with American "red" sauce. We started with a great salad that was not "over-dressed". We also had fresh green olives ! They were sooooooooooooo good! For dessert my husband had gelato, which was wonderful, and I had the chocolate plate - rich, chocolate-y, decandence. They have a prix-fixe menu as well as a standard menu. We didn't have the prix-fixe because of dietary issues. Our waiter was great and it has a great view of downtown Asheville's busy streets.
I've been many times to Cucina24 because ...
I've been many times to Cucina24 because I like the low light ambiance and it's good Italian cuisine. Prices are reasonable. Service was very slow last time I went. With a 6:45 reservation we didn't get out until 9:15. We weren't lingering, it was just taking that long. I was with an out-of-town business associate and would have rather had a chance to tour around Asheville after the meal, but by the time we got out and with a business meeting all day the next day, we just didn't have the time. Thx Cucina24. It won't stop me from coming back, but I was a little disappointed.
Cucina 24 is my favorite restaurant in A ...
Cucina 24 is my favorite restaurant in Asheville. Creative Italian cuisine - the pastas and wood oven pizza are my favorites, but the rest of the seasonal menu is terrific as well. I have yet to have a mediocre wine by the glass there - they are always well-chosen - delicious and interesting. The service is outstanding.
We always enjoy the total experience at ...
We always enjoy the total experience at Cucina. This evening we were looking for an early light dinner. To start my wife ordered a green salad and and I ordered the steamed mussels. The salad was very simple with Boston lettuce and a very tasty vinaigrette dressing. The mussels were in their own lightly seasoned broth... excellent. We then shared a pizza which again was superb. The thin crust was amazing.
I keep returning to Cucina 24 so, clearl ...
I keep returning to Cucina 24 so, clearly, I like it. Our server was Malcom, that evening, and he was as delightful as he was professional. Since it's established that I like the food it's the server that can make-or-break your experience -- nothing to worry about with Malcom. I will go so far as to request him in the future.
Heavy metal music on the speakers! Maybe ...
Heavy metal music on the speakers! Maybe great for kitchen staff but not best for our dinner. Service was great and fun with good advice. Drinks pricey and charge extra for rocks pour. Food was tasty but price > value to us.
Sadly, our meal at Cucina 24 was a disap ...
Sadly, our meal at Cucina 24 was a disappointment. First and foremost, I should say that the service was excellent and our server did everything possible to make our meal enjoyable, but the food itself was a disappointment. We ordered a bowl of olives which were plentiful (way too many for two people) but seemingly came straight from the jar with no extra preparation. The cheese plate was only OK... two of the three cheeses were blue cheese and it was garnished with a few nuts, apple slices and orange segments. The green salad with breadcrumbs was just that, with very little dressing and no flavor. And finally, the pasta dish we ordered was so salty that we had to send it back (I've only ever sent one other dish back in my life!). The waitress felt terrible and assured us that they wanted to make us another dish, so that was a positive. Alll in all, for the price, the meal was a let down.
One shining spot in the meal was the house made focaccia bread which was delicious!! Go for a drink and the bread :)
Food was excellent as was the service. R ...
Food was excellent as was the service. Robert was our server, he answered all of our questions, and gave us a heads up on a few dishes(he warned me the Nduja pizza would be spicy, he wasn't kidding). The salad was delicious, as we're our entrees and desert. One of the best in Asheville.
We went here for a girls night out dinne ...
We went here for a girls night out dinner. Great food, great service. The food is priced on the high end, but I would say that most of the items lived up to their price. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and extensive wine list--we went with his recommendations and were very satisfied.
Phenomenal food and service! Kim was ou ...
Phenomenal food and service! Kim was our server and absolutely outstanding. Compliments ro the Culinary Team. I am an Executive Sous Chef for a private club where I oversee 35 Culinary staff within three kitchens. I have worked for A French Master Chef and Managed three Regional Italian Restaurants in my career. The culinary preperation to everything we had was done to perfection and the Food was fantastic. Thank you for an AmaIng experience.
Absolutely fabulous. We've eaten at near ...
Absolutely fabulous. We've eaten at nearly every restaurant in Asheville, and Cucina 24 is now my husbands favorite. His sister resides in Florence so it's safe to say my husband knows fine, regional dishes. He was wowed at C24's fried sardines. The country pate, made in house was top notch and the focccacia was memorable. We'l be back soon!
We had a great dinner! Rigatoni Amatric ...
We had a great dinner! Rigatoni Amatriciana was perfect, though it might be a little spicy for some. Terrific Grilled Celery Root w Burned Bread Crumbs and Caesar Sauce! Pavlova for dessert- lemon sorbet filled meringue shell fun way to end the night. Nice wine list. Have already recommended to friends. Makes Top 7 dining experiences on my Asheville List.
My son and I took my wife out for her bi ...
My son and I took my wife out for her birthday and they treated us like royalty. When they found out it was her birthday they sent out extra special dishes on the house and surprise us with amazing house made ice creams/sorbets. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. Truly the best!!
Food was wonderful and the waitress was ...
Food was wonderful and the waitress was very friendly. Only two complaints - I had requested with my reservation to be seated away from service areas and was seated right next to the kitchen. I realize it is a small restaurant but even one table back from the kitchen could likely have been accommodated. Also our entrees came out separately, so the first entrée was cold by the time the second arrived. However all and all we had a great time and will be back.
Our New Years Eve dinner was incredible. ...
Our New Years Eve dinner was incredible. You could tell the chefs took great care in designing the menu with local, fresh ingredients. The courses kept coming and we enjoyed every one. Can't say enough about our food and service. Thanks for a memorable evening!
My wife and I have never been disappoint ...
My wife and I have never been disappointed with Cucina 24. The food was superb. Service was excellent. The attention they put into preparing the food ,to it's presentation was top notch. Looking forward to our next meal there.
This is our third time dining at Cucina ...
This is our third time dining at Cucina 24. This time on New Years Eve with a prix fix menu. All in all a great experience. The first course (5 items) was slightly overwhelming, most likely due to the fact that we didn't realize that this was all part of the first course and at first we thought they brought our entire meal all out together. Would have been nice had their been more explanation of the experience. Once we realized, this was just the first course, all went better. The value was outstanding and the food was fantastic. Our entrees were simply amazing and so delicious! We also had the wine pairing and were very pleased with all of the choices, especially since we really don't have much knowledge/experience with Italian wines, great picks! This restaurant never disappoints which is why we always come back each time we are in the Asheville area.
Drinks were good but We were very disapp ...
Drinks were good but We were very disappointed in food. This farm to table restaurant was more vegetarian than Italian. The bucatini pasta was lacking in flavor as was the squash pizza. Celery root and side vegetables were burnt - especially the carrots. Overpriced for quality.
This was our second time going to Cucina ...
This was our second time going to Cucina 24. This time we brought friends from out of town. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. I would encourage groups or couples to order plates for sharing and ask for the waiter's suggestions. We did this both times we visited and it was a hit! I would list our favorites but the menu seems to change often! Try it all!
Cucina 24 was an excellent find! We arri ...
Cucina 24 was an excellent find! We arrived a bit early for our reservation and were able to sit at the bar and enjoy a few drinks before dinner. The bartenders were very attentive, and the cocktails here are handcrafted, very unique and some of the best we had in Asheville. Our knowledgable server made some excellent food recommendations, and both our dishes were excellent. The menu changes often here, meaning the ingredients are fresh, seasonal and local (you can find a list of the farms where they source ingredients on the back of the menu). The pasta was delicious, the focaccia was authentic and our brussels sprouts were cooked to perfection. The kitchen is open, providing a lively atmosphere that blended well with the dimly-lit, romantic vibe of the dining area. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a tasty and creative twist on Italian fare.
A truly great experience rooted in the w ...
A truly great experience rooted in the warm and welcoming experience created by our server. With restaurants becoming more and more busy in Asheville I've noticed much of the service around the city is becoming transactional - not the case at Cucina 24. My new favorite place to dine when visiting.
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