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Cucina Urbana

505 Laurel St. (5th Ave.) Send to Phone
This bustling spot in Bankers Hill serves up Italian-American fare and affordable wine in an artsy setting.


Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner nightly
Open late Fri.-Sat.
  • Valet parking
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Entertainment: DJs occasionally
  • Full bar
  • Kid-friendly
  • Reservations suggested

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Cucina Urbana, San Diego, CA

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Cucina Urbana Restaurant Review

: This informal cucina hosts a pizza bar, communal tables, a wine shop, energetic bar scene and buzzing restaurant. The bohemian setting boasts a giant, colorful grafitti-esque centerpiece painting, and reclaimed metal lighting fixtures. Executive chef Joe Magnanelli creates a playful menu of savory Italian fare with a California farm-to-table twist, succeeding on many fronts. Bruschetta, salumi and formaggi and polenta boards rotate nightly with savory nibbles to start your culinary journey. Lightly battered squash blossoms stuffed with herb ricotta stir the palate with their purple basil pesto and cured lemon dressing. Pillowy burrata rests in an artful landscape of rocket, heirlooms and prosciutto. Tender short rib meat dots al dente pappardelle with nuggets of cremini mushrooms for an added earthy hint. A pistachio-caper crust envelops delicate braised black cod, and a pork chop Milanese comes alive with marinated artichokes and the slightly bitter flick of arugula. Artisan pizzas arrive still steaming from the stone oven. Smiling waitstaff provides fairly efficient service despite the crowds. A bottle shop favors affordable Italian and California wines. Infusions like red beet and cucumber vodka make for unique cocktails.

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