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Cugino's Restaurant of Farmington

1053 Farmington Ave. (Forest Park Dr.) Send to Phone
Everyone feels part of a big Italian family at Cugino's, where traditional dishes get a flavor boost and in-the-know early birds get the best deals.

Lunch & Dinner daily (closed Mon. June-Dec.)

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Cugino's Restaurant of Farmington, Farmington, CT

Cugino's Restaurant of Farmington Restaurant Review

: Some restaurants feed customers --- others nourish guests as though they are family. Cugino's is solidly the latter sort: a community-minded establishment where old-world recipes and hospitality buoy spirits. Some Route 4 commuters crawl past every day without realizing one of the Farmington Valley's finest Italian kitchens is nestled inside a nondescript brick building across the street from a landmark everyone knows: Farmington Miniature Golf. Inside, autumnal hues, rich woodwork and enticing aromas welcome you "home," even though you're in a business park. Two things routinely impress us: flavorful enhancements to traditional dishes and the value. Order from the "Beat the Moon" menu before 6 p.m. any day, and you'll dine well for $15.99. Other daily specials often entice us away from favorites like the Tuscan salad with its zesty olives, polenta bites, roasted garlic and fresh mozzarella. It's the perfect warm-up to penne alla vodka, made with chef/owner Mario Cirikovic's grandmother's recipe. You won't find a bland dish: shrimp scampi is amped up with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh herbs; chicken Mediterranean has a touch of truffle oil. And gluten-free and vegan homemade pastas add to the restaurant's universal appeal. A versatile wine list and seasonal selection of beers not only complement meals, they make the bar an ideal after-work spot. Dessert selections always include a gelato du jour, or say "buona notte" with tiramisu and espresso.


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