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In Culver City, chef Gabriella Torelli offers cuisine from her native town in Tuscany.


Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sun.

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A&R Cucina, Culver City, CA

A&R Cucina Restaurant Review

About the restaurant: Chef Akasha Richmond channeled her love for Italy into AR Cucina and has since handed over the restaurant (now called A&R Cucina) to chef Gabriella Torelli and her son and operating partner, Andrea Francesco Torelli-Lesky. Hand-painted murals give depth to the space. Kudos to the chairs (Starck) and the colorful chandelier. In the open kitchen you can see the Beech stone hearth oven.

Food: Chef Gabriella Torelli offers cuisine from her native town in Tuscany, as well as other Italian regions. Select pastas are made in house. Secondi might range from grilled catch of the day to chicken picatta. A&R Cucina also offers happy hour at the bar (Tues.-Sun., 4 p.m.-6 p.m.).

Drinks: There is quite an extensive bar program, including Negronis prepared with Italian spirits, fortified wines and herbs. Wines are sourced from small producers in Italy; some are biodynamic and organically farmed. On "Wine Tuesdays," bottles of wine are half price.

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