About Cucina 24
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.
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine, Wine Bar
Cucina 24 Ratings and Reviews
The cocktails were perfect. My Manhatta ...
The cocktails were perfect. My Manhattan was one of the best I've ever had! Small plates incredible. We enjoyed two bottles of a wonderful wine from Tuscany call Vernaculum. Extremely food-friendly, delicious Aromas and taste of wild strawberries and low alcohol 12%. Our server was top-notch and professional. We can't wait to go back, and hope to get the same server.
Wonderful food, excellent service. My ve ...
Wonderful food, excellent service. My vegan diet was no problem for the chef. One of the best meals ever!
The food was killer but we had to wait a ...
The food was killer but we had to wait a while for drinks, apps and entrees. The staff were really accommodating when we missed our reservation also.
A perfect celebration
We marked our daughter's college graduation with a delicious meal at Cucina 24. Every dish was a treat. The staff was helpful and gracious--we stayed for a long time over multiple courses. It's rather expensive, so not for every day dining for us, but it would be my top pick for a special evening.
One of the best overall experiences in m ...
One of the best overall experiences in many years. A creative menu from top to bottom and each dish is presented as wonderfully as it tastes. Try as many items as possible and don't forget the incredible desserts. The service was just about perfection as well. Just loved this place.
Good restaurant for special occasions
This was my 4th or 5th dinner at Cucina 24 in Asheville and each has been a good experience. I consider the priority of "my likes" to be 1 ambiance , 2 food and 3 service all of which are good to very good.
Already looking forward to my next visit!
Excellent night! We started off sampling a few of the small plates and shared them (we were a group of four). The waitstaff was very knowledgable in explaining the different menu items. Every dish that was brought to us was a work of art, the chefs obviously love what they do. Our main courses were wonderful, fantastic veal parmesan, steak cooked to perfection. I forget what the others had but there was certainly nothing left on anyones plate! The desserts were lovely, the wine was great....a very, very satisfying evening. Not rushed at all. I'm looking forward to trying Cucina 24 for lunch, as they've recently expanded to serve that.
Now Open For Lunch
In days of old Cucina 24 was open for Lunch and then it wasn't and now it is once again!!! Yippee, this is the perfect restaurant to meet friend or business partners when you are looking for simple fare done beautifully in a very handsome space with excellent service. Pizza has the perfect tasty crust with topping choices to satisfy the meat lover or vegetarian. We had one with potato and one with shitake mushrooms and switched halfway through in order to have two different tastes. Also had a Burial Beer - local and delicious.
Good food, slow service
Sometimes we thought we had been forgotten. But when our server was present, we were treated well. The food was excellent.
Put this on the Top of your list
We visited Cucina 24 during a walking food tour and ended up there for dinner the next night. It was the perfect ending to our trip to Asheville. The food was delicious and I plan on coming back when our family vacations in the region this summer. The chef owner was so approachable and deserves James Beard nomination he has received.
Quality of the food was very good. Mussels were excellent. Limited menu. Very small portions. Too expensive for the amount of food. For example, the flat iron steak consisted of two small strips of beef. Thought it was an appetizer. Overrated!
The restaurant has good space and open kitchen. Chef is creative, maybe sometimes too. My pasta dish of fresh wide noodles came with octopus and trout, but when the dish came to my table, I saw none Oh, they were in the dish, but changed. My server pointed out the octopus and fish "pasta." The elements were pureed, shaped into sheets and cooked sous vide. Cut into strips. Grilled. Now, I like some molecular gastronomy and trompe d'oeile, but it has limits. The goal should be pow flavor. This fell short. But go and try it. You decide.
After dining twice before on girlfriend getaways to asheville, I decided to bring my husband while visiting town for our 30th wedding anniversary weekend. I noted our special occasion on OT and as soon as we arrived to Cucina 24, we were greeted with Happy Anniversary wishes, as well as being seated at their "best table"! We ordered a bottle of Brunello from the extensive wine list, that happened to be one of our favorites and from a vineyard we have actually visited in Italy! Casanova Di Neri. It was sublime. We started our food experience by sharing some PEI mussels served with grilled bread and a delicious white wine and bacon broth. It was a huge portion, def enough for four, but my husband finished them all! The menu is great for sharing and trying many items, we decided to order a grilled quail dish, and a homemade pasta with a pork ragu. We seriously fought over the quail. There were two plump little birds served over some of the softest and most delicious canelini beans in a sauce that I wish I could duplicate. Incredible, great job chefs! The pasta was cooked nicely, but just plain didn't compare to the quail. But no complaints. Our service was outstanding. We were offered a celebratory dessert and had the homemade flan. As stuffed as we were, We finished every bite! I love that each time I've dined at Cucina, the menu has seasonably changed and is farm to table. I would highly recommend Cucina, and will of course be back!
Wonderful dinner - hats off to the chef!
My family and I traveled to Asheville for a birthday weekend and we made a reservation at Cucina24. It did not disappoint! Yummy!
This was a great restaurant. The food was delicious, the wait staff was great and it was a very trendy ambiance. I would go here again in a heartbeat.
Enjoyable evening ..
This was our first time at Cucina. The cheese board appetizer was delicious. The wine list was extensive and the entree's were really good. The pasta was cooked to perfection. The dessert was out of this world. The chocolate and the mint. We had a good time and the service was good. The hostess was so sweet.
Genuine Italian Flavors
Excellent meal and wine with friendly service from Rich. I have lived in Italy and appreciate a restaurant that strives to present great locally sourced food and truly Italian flavors. Highly recommended.
The octopus salad, and beet salad were n ...
The octopus salad, and beet salad were nice appetizers both the pasta dishes one with spicy sausage and the other with pork were very good . Asked for bread and was very pleased with warm fresh served with oil, excellent.
Amazing. We will come back just for the pork belly alone. The olives, the appetizers, the tuna entrée ... All fantastic. A beautiful place and a wonderful atmosphere!
My Husband and I were in Asheville for a getaway weekend and wanted to go out for a great meal while we were in town. The food and service was good but was nothing special. We each had a pasta dish that did not seem much more then box pasta, even though it was homemade. There are so many food options in the Asheville area, I don't feel the strong need to come back here again on our next visit.
Cecina used to be our favorite Asheville restaurant. Not sure what has happened. The martini's weren't good and served with no olives and the wrong gin; the pasta served cold as though it came out of fridge (i sent it back) ; the white anchovy crostini isn't good anymore (1 anchovy on a piece of crostini with some sort of cheese spread slathered on it). The one bright spot was the fish dish - it was awesome. We won't be back for a very long time - i only hope they can get their mojo back.
Improving over time
We've eaten at Cucina 24 about once per quarter for the last four years. The quality of the food has improved over time, with our last meal ranking as good as any in Asheville!
Everything was outstanding! Molly was an amazing server and the food exceeded or expectations.
Although the menu is interesting, two of our main courses were sub-par (in one dish, one of the main ingredient was missing!). The service was not terribly attentive and felt disjointed. Also, we informed the restaurant upon our arrival that one of our party was celebrating a birthday but nothing was done about it. All in all, given all the good choices in Asheville, we'll probably not go back.
Favorite date spot in Asheville.
We do not live in Asheville, but go there frequently to shop and eat at Cucina 24. We enjoy the cheese plate first, then whatever fish is on the menu. Wines are normally nice too. Service is always good and non-invasive.
Was a great evening with our daughter from Los Angeles - food was outstanding.
Fabulous as always! 5 stars
Fabulous as always! 5 stars
Eating on Vacation
My friend and I enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere. Our server was fantastic!
Overrated and Underwhelmed
The title says it all!! Want a good Italian restaurant? Try Wild Olive in Charleston, SC!
This has to be by far the Best Italian restaurant in Asheville. Everything is perfect from the moment you walk in.
The food was extremely well prepared and ...
The food was extremely well prepared and very flavorful. The service was very knowledgeable and prompt. We had pizza and pasta dishes and they were all fantastic. Well worth the trip.
Although my Brussel sprouts were wonderful and my wine divine, my pork tasted like pressed meatloaf. Honestly I was sorely disappointed. My friend's steak looked great. Not only was I not happy with my meal, but it took nearly an hour to get it. Folks, is there a problem? Please tell me no. I love your restaurant and will give it another chance. But then....
good food, snooty server.
Our party of four enjoyed our meal. The food was creative, tasty and nicely presented. If we were to find fault it was with our waiter. He took our wine order and then just left us for quite a while. We felt he was snooty. Had he been less pretentious it would have been better. Wait staff should not assume their patrons are food boobs. He made this assumption.
Chefs selection was delightful!
We had a group of 5 and did the chefs selection and wine paring for dinner. Was absolutely worth it. Made for an exciting evening of new food finds and great wine!
Perfect Date Night
We had a wonderful, relaxed meal. It was the perfect place for conversing and enjoying incredible food. Wait staff was attentive but just enough. Did I say the food was remarkable?
One of Asheville's Best
Excellent food and service. Server was very knowledgeable and his recommendations were superb!
Cucina 24 had been on our must do list for a while - we had heard nothing but rave reviews. The atmosphere was nice and quiet, although a very bright light above the table shined directly in our eyes and made us feel like we were under a spotlight. The food was fine but not spectacular, and exceptionally slow. It was a fine night out, but not particularly memorable. Will not be back given the superb restaurant choices available in Asheville for a similar price.
A delicious, enjoyable experience. Easil ...
A delicious, enjoyable experience. Easily the best pizza in town, great choices for mains, and fantastic execution delivering really tasty food. The whole experience was rounded out by outstanding service. We look forward to returning soon.
not so hot
marginal service. over spiced pasta. nothing to write home about
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