Cucinetta (Invited)

Monday, August 14, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Cucinetta means small kitchen it's a name of petit yet classy and comfortable Italian casual dining restaurant at South Yarra. Plenty of street parking in front of the cafe, also very close to tram stop and South Yarra station. It's also the sister of Caffe e Cucina just down the road on Chapel St. Their menu change every Wednesday in order to maintain customer interest as well as showcasing various produce.

I'm a fan of Caffe e Cucina, that's how I know Roberta, Juan and Nicola. I have the honour to meet Juan again at Cucinetta, he's the front person with one other chef back at kitchen. Well, we can totally see all the action since the kitchen is tiny with an open window. Even though the place is small, it's very well design that it does not feel cramp and still feel classy and romantic. I honestly, love the vibe.

We begin with Fegalo d'Anatra alla Veneziana ($19). It's duck liver with potato, simple but so beautiful. Everything on the plate is there for a purpose. Generous duck liver cooked perfectly with creamy potato based, perfect beginning in the winter days.

For main we opted for their Special Pasta of the Day - gnocchi with ragu and Napolitan sauce ($32) and Fish of The Day - Salmon with squash carpaccio ($36). The original pasta of the day is taglioni but the chef said to us we can change it to gnocchi and my husband of course jump to the opportunity since he love gnocchi so much. The gamble pays off, the gnocchi was smooth with slight chewiness and the sauce was rich, full of flavour. My salmon has a super crispy skin, perfectly cooked and partnered with fresh squash.

Cucinetta Little Garden Tiramisu ($14). I have seen the picture of their tiramisu at zomato and instagram. Cutely made in a small pot but surprisingly generous portion. Super creamy but I would like more coffee flavour as well as more alcohol in it.

Juan service is top notch, friendly, professional as well as funny. On top of our wonderful experience, they also have a wide range of wine for such as small restaurant. They also have this fancy gadget for opening wine and able to preserve the wine to 4-6 month. Perfect to enjoy your expensive bottle of wine.

Cucinetta Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

+6139942 2607
4/3 Murphy St
South Yarra VIC 3141