Saturday, June 23, 2012


"Talk Loud, Eat Well, Laugh Often," that is the motto of Cucina Dell'Arte.  Brandt and I met some friends last week at Cucina for a nice Italian meal located just over the bridge on Palm Beach Island.  Cucina is a charming Italian restaurant that never sleeps.  This restaurant is open from 7am -3pm everyday, even holidays. I dont think Denny's is even open that much.  Cucina serves breakfast, lunch,dinner, and even late night.  The atmosphere is quite eclectic with tables and chairs very much with an Italian decor, but in the middle of the bar you will find one of the largest silver disco balls I have ever seen.  Cucina appeals to all age groups, the young twenty's looking for a night at the town as well as the older billionaires who live on the Island.  There has even been sightings of Rod Stewart and Serena Williams.

Once seated, we are greeted by a very energetic waitress.  She was passionate about pretty much everything on the menu.  When asked what are her favorite dishes or signature dishes of Cucina, we heard about every item in detail on the menu.  This is a small pet peeve of mine.  Really!! Everything on the menu is that Amazing, I don't think so! After the 10 minute speal, I really needed a drink.  I ordered a fairly priced cab and we ordered some appetizers for the table.

When Cucina serves their bread, it is accompanied with large roasted garlic cloves!!  LOVE!  I have been meaning to try to make this for Brandt for some time.  Spread the cloves on your bed, heaven!!

We started with the Sauteed Calamari.  I grew up eating Calamari quite often, being that my Dad is obsessed with it.  Sauteed Calamari needs to be prepared quite perfectly and unfortunately here it was tough, chewy and bland.  Not something I would recommend.

Next we tried their Homemade Meatballs.  I actually really enjoyed these meatballs.  They were not filled with much breading and were nice, moist and cheesy.  I would get these again.

Our table also shared the "Market Toast" with roasted garlic, parmigano, provolone, tomato, prosciutto, and buffalo mozzarella.  Had a nice, fresh, crisp flavor.

We probably could have left at this point, but no we kept going.

For the Entrees..

I had the Snapper Livornaise, snapper with tomatoes, capers, garlic, and basil.  Delicious.  I would Recommend. The waitress did make a good suggestion with this one, however like I said, she suggested everything!

Our friend ordered the Chicken Marsala. I love how they put a good portion of mushrooms on the dish.

Brandt ordered the Ravioli Aragosta with spiny lobster and mushroom ravioli.  Brandt said it was tasty, but the lobster was a little well done and tough to eat.  Probably wouldn't order again.

Sean ordered one of Cucina's specialties, the Short Rib.  It was served with risotto.  Risotto is probably another one of my all time favorite things to eat.   Very tender short rib.

And if now that wasn't enough..we tried what they call the "Best" dessert.  Bread Pudding.  Now I am not a bread pudding expert.  This was probably the second time in my life that I ever had bread pudding, so I cant really compare, but the general consensus was it was fair.  I did enjoy the butterscotch that topped the pudding.

Well, we tried ALOT and ate ALOT.  I would love to go back to enjoy their nightlife.  I assume that during the season it is a little livelier, as we were there on a Thursday night and it was quite quiet.  Cucina Dell'Arte has a great atmosphere and is a great place to bring friends and family.  Some dishes were good and some not so good, but its a place I would return.  I would love to see that Disco Ball Drop!





Cucina Dell'Arte
257 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach, Florida 33480

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