CUCINA enoteca

CUCINA enoteca vasi

CUCINA enoteca very well might be the perfect restaurant. Perfect for family dinners, perfect for date night and perfect for a night out with the girls. I know this, because I’ve participated in all three and each visit has been memorable leaving us for wanting more. I try not to pick favorites, but since this is my blog – I think I’ve fallen head over heels for this place. I seem to find every and any excuse to visit – offering it up every chance I get. 

CUCINA enoteca Newport Beach outside herb wall

With something on the menu for everyone, even those in search of flavorful gluten-free options, CUCINA enoteca delivers nothing but the best. This upscale casual California inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop prepares superstar dishes by serving sustainable and organic ingredients procured by local farmers. The biggest standout being the fresh pasta dishes which are served al dente and made from scratch on the premise daily. 

CUCINA enoteca wine shop

What to Order?

So what are these dishes that have me so smitten? Well let’s begin with the super popular vasi appetizers. These mini mason jara with pane misti are a must. My favorite is the Burrata + Roasted Garlic Confit; and Gorgonzola Walnut Mousse + Pear.  The jars go very nicely with the three-glass red wine flight. 

The Pear + Gorgonzola Pizza with caramelized onions, pecans, arugula and aged balsamic is absolutely delicious; however I’m so intrigued by the Cremini, Hen of the Woods and Oyster Mushroom Pizza with goat cheese, fried onion and truffle oil, that I might have to grab one on the go the next time I feel like making reservations for dinner. 

CUCINA enoteca

JetSet Dad swears by the Cucina Burger. He loves the braised short rib topped with melted fiscalini cheddar and honey mustard aioli. I’m not really surprised — anything with cheese is amazing. 

Speaking of short ribs, the Short Rib Pappardelle with cremini mushrooms, carrots and parmigiano is my jam. So yummy that it’s been impossible for me to take the plunge and actually order anything else. You really must try it during one of your visits. It’s heavy, but tastes even better the day after. 

CUCINA enoteca bar area

After dinner, we usually split something sweet, and the dolci winners are the Zeppoles, Italian style donut holes with orange cinnamon crema and cardamon sugar with hot apple cider sauce. The Pear Conserva served with brown butter, salted walnuts and sherbet is also completely delightful. 

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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Founder + Creative Officer, Nicole Standley, shares her favorite trends in travel, food + wine, fashion, health, and fun on The JetSet Family and is a long time travel + lifestyle contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post, and Hilton Hotels. She is a brand ambassador for Netflix and O, The Oprah Magazine, and has been named Top Family Travel Blogger by Trip Advisor and Red Tricycle. Follow her on Instagram at: nicoleDstandley

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11 COMMENTS
  • Kelly Hutchinson January 12, 2015

    What a cool and funky restaurant to visit while in that area. I love the wine selection!

  • Christina January 12, 2015

    THIS LOOKS AMAZING! And I love the local suppliers. I can really taste the freshness in places like that which use responsible farmers for their food. GOTTA check it out!

  • Wendy January 12, 2015

    oh MAN. I want to go to the restaurant SO SO BAD. WHY is it so far away? I’d love a nice local place to visit for dinner!

  • Amy D January 12, 2015

    I like this restaurant so much! What a cool place to visit!!

  • Heather January 12, 2015

    It looks like a hopping place! Perfect for a girls night out or a date night. I like the herb wall.

  • Liz Mays January 13, 2015

    It sounds like they have a super yummy (and fancy) menu there. The dessert you mentioned sounds incredible.

  • Rosey January 13, 2015

    The donut holes sound like a good way to end the meal. Everything looks really great.

  • Krista January 13, 2015

    Sounds amazing – you should definitely go for that Hen of the Woods and Oyster Mushroom Pizza next time!

  • Chelley @ AisForAdelaide January 13, 2015

    What a great place! I love the farmstyle feel!

  • Melanie January 13, 2015

    Oh wow this looks awesome! Love the planters. Such a fun touch. I’d love to visit someday.

  • Debi January 16, 2015

    That looks like a sweet place to eat. I will have to check it out when I am in the area.

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