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La Cucina Ristorante Italiano

725 Kapiolani Blvd. (Cooke St.) Send to Phone
Fresh pastas and rustic entrées presented with contemporary flair make this spot "molto bene."


Dinner Mon.-Sat.
  • Parking garage
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Reservations accepted for parties of 4 or more

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La Cucina Ristorante Italiano Restaurant Review

: La Cucina stars chef Don Truong, formerly of Mediterraneo, and his rustic style of Italian home cooking. The place is small, so reservations are required, and Truong is the only one in the kitchen, so service can get slow. However, depending on what you order, the food is worth the wait. All pastas are made fresh daily in house, as is the uncased Italian sausage. Mushroom bruschetta and black lobster ravioli in saffron sauce are favorites. For entrées, we suggest the osso buco and lamb, although veal and salmon are available, too. We also recommend dining at an early seating to ensure you get a taste of Truong's tiramisu and to-die-for crème brûlée cheesecake with its light, sugary top crust. Both desserts are prepared at the restaurant and always sell out. The wine list is adequate, but could use some revisions.

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