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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.
Chef Brian has three children, Mia, Skylar and Luca.
Asheville, NC 28801
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
This restaurant is my favorite in Asheville and has been for years. It's perfect for a date night, celebration, or to bring family and friends to enjoy good food. Awesome service always, helpful, fun, nice, and answers any questions had. Food is amazing, never ever lets me down. Wine selection and cocktails are fantastic. Always recommend.
We hadn't been to Cucina in several years, so we tried it for my birthday. The waiter was very helpful in explaining the various food choices, so we decided to be adventurous and picked the Family Style meal for $45. It was a great value for all that we got. The diverse appetizers, antipasta before the main course was fun to try, not too much, spaced out so we could enjoy each one, and helped us to linger over what typical is an hour meal for us, to 2 1/2 hours of pure enjoyment. We tried food we'd never tried, and all were excellent! I had the trout and my husband had the beef cheeks for the main course, and they were superb! The dessert was also excellent, and for all the food we got..but not too much to feel bloated or stuffed, the cost was VERY reasonable. We'll try this again!
My wife and I walked the short distance from our hotel to the restaurant on a brisk evening threatening snow. Glad it was so close to home base. We were seated promptly and given a brief explanation of the menu. It was a bit confusing as they had one menu for "family style" and another for ala carte but you could also order the items from the family style separately. Combine that with a menu that is a bit light on descriptions and it required a number of questions before we could order. That said our server was patient and helpful during the process. We started with olives and bread and then ordered the main course. My wife had the Rigatoni Amatriciana and I had a grilled whole fish. Both were well prepared and tasty. The menu included a number of small plates and large plates and all looked very interesting and worth another trip.
We did not realize that we had been there before---probably would have tried somewhere different since there are so many good restaurants in Asheville. Really unlit for reading the menu---needed a flashlight---made it (last time I asked for us to be moved). Tasting menu looked good, but too much food for us. One pasta dish was quite tasty; the rigatoni lacked the Italian flair for just enough "ham" and spice--rather bland and meatless. Enough left for dinner for two (with some added Italian sausage which was on hand) the next night.
I would definitely dine here again. We had a reservation and was seated immediately. Our server was very attentive and well versed on the offerings. The first 2 bottles of wine we had chosen were sold out, but our server made a great suggestion that fit the bill. The cheese board and house made salumi were top notch. The tagliatelle bolognese was good, but quite under seasoned. The porchetta di coppa was excellent with some of the potatoes perfectly tender, while others were undercooked to the point of being crunchy. A few minor setbacks to an otherwise great experience overall.
Our table was ready when we arrived, service was outstanding, family-style meal was FABULOUS! We tried Cucina 24 with the eating Asheville food tour last year and had to return with our annual girls' weekend trip. We had an amazing experience and will definitely return. Family style was awesome because they just brought dish after dish out and they were all delicious.
If you are expecting your Mama’s classic Italian, you need to go elsewhere! Cucina 24 is an adventure in exploring different tastes, textures and combinations – Italian roots are detectable but served up with a really creative approach.
We chose the ‘family’ option and very much enjoyed the sharing’ aspect of the meal. Numerous courses are offered – just enough to have small portions each, but there is no way you will walk away hungry. And each course is a surprise, from the charcuterie platter to the homemade pastas to the dessert. The beef cheeks were melt-in-your-mouth tender...
A couple of minor things: we found the menu confusing and also suggest that they figure out how to adapt / allow selection of the ‘main’ from the ‘a la carte’ choices. If the rest of the table would like to share, anyone in the group with a dietary restriction could have pretty limited choices.
Looking forward to going back!
I was disappointed with my experience at Cucina24. Although I had heard many positive things from friends about the food, our experience was that we were served stale crackers with our appetizer and that our pizza was bland and lacking in flavor. I definitely did not think the food was worth the price. When we offered this feedback to the waitstaff, we were given complimentary dessert. The waitstaff was kind, though inconsistent and often hard to flag down. They also first brought us the wrong pizza and later came to take it back to the kitchen. All in all, I was not satisfied and would not consider going back to this restaurant.
Very good, hearty Italian. The pasta dishes were huge portions but the kitchen will divide them. The cauliflower and sunchoke side was my favorite. We split 3 of the desserts and they were all great. You don't often see sticky toffee pudding on a menu. Nice location, well designed interior. Our server was good but maybe too busy to pour our wine or bring more breadsticks. I will keep coming back.
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.
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 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 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 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 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, 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.
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