Cucina 24

4.5
2424 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Chef & owner Brian Canipelli opened Cucina 24 in 2008 on Wall Street in the center of downtown Asheville, NC.

Our kitchen is focused on melding the traditions and philosophies of Italian cookery with ingredients found in the mountains of the American South.

We work closely with a number of area farms and our menus reflect produce that they bring to us.

Chef Brian has three children, Mia, Skylar and Luca.
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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were great! However, we sat in a row of tables in the middle of restaurant. Servers kept cutting between our table to get to another table to set up and serve. It was annoying!!

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Miami
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my favorite place to eat in Asheville! The chefs tasting menu is a true foodies dream. Each dish is brought and explained - the food is thoughtful, original, and delicious. I can’t get enough of it. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and so gracious about it. Thank you so much for another amazing experience.

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Charleston
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Chefs tasting is expensive but good!

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Western NC
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food at Cuchina 24 is excellent and service is very good. But the noise in the back room is painful. Surely something could be done to make that small room less loud — soundproofing or at least some fabric decorating to absorb sound. I love this restaurant but I never want to have another meal in that room.

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j
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service can’t wait to go back!!

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c
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

squid on pizza was too rubbery to chew (and we eat it often). Ended up just taking it off.

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CM
Atlanta
74 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We so loved our dinner at Cucina 24 on Friday! We had the chef's tasting and it did not disappoint. A lot of food and each course kept getting better. I loved the pasta's and the octopus! Outstanding! Great waiter too

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Austin
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Asheville bar none may even be our favorite restaurant in North Carolina.

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JL
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent unique food, superior service

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PL
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I loved the idea of this restaurant. They strive to provide a very authentic italian dining experience. Service and atmosphere are great. However, food did not live up to its promise. I had the multi-course price-fix dinner. Too many of the items were overloaded with salt and olive oil.

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Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good - held up to the recommendation, but we were late because the parking is utterly challenging. It took us about 10-15 mins, beyond our reservation time, to park. When we get seated and waited on, we are told that we could only order things off the menu that don’t take long to make. We were shocked. It wasn’t our fault that there was nowhere to park and never were we told that our seating was TIMED. So, though the food was good, that set the tone for the entire meal. Very disappointing.

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c
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Like being in Europe! Puglian wine, pizza, white anchovies, we were happy as clams.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu for the win! For a table of two to six, it never disappoints.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, delicious and thoughtful food and wine selection.

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Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it every time! The food does not disappoint!

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent. Cocktails VG. New menu is poor - too expensive and small selection. Our dinners from a la carte menu were uninspired and poor tasting. Meatballs were awful- poor tasting and mushy!

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very much appreciate the chef changing the menu every 6 weeks to reflect a different district in Italy. Every time I have dinned at Cucina I appreciate it a bit more!

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DT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

While we didn’t love our experience, we would still recommend this restaurant. Service was incredibly slow and the food was nothing incredible. It was also dark and we didn’t feel welcomed. Aubrey was very kind and she did the best she could given the kitchen backup.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We were a party of 4 sharing a cheese/nut plate. 1 male, 3 females. Our server removed the appetizer plates and salad fork from the 3 females before we were even done with our appetizer and when I tried to hold on to my knife, she literally pulled it out of my hand. When served with our main courses, she served the 3 females, leaving the male to wait for over 5 minutes for his meal to arrive to the table. We had an app and 4 main courses. Only one (the male) enjoyed it. General consensus was typical food and very bland. Super disappointed as a local indulging 3 out of town guests from New York promising them excellence. As for the next question, you're forcing me to choose an answer to continue with the survey. I would say "vegetarian friendly" but certainly not "good vegetarian options" . 3 of our meals were vegetarian and like I said, not impressed at all so only choosing that option because I'm being forced to.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed sampling the Pugliese Cuisine. I would recommend this restaurant to individuals who really want to try authentic Italian Cuisine.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lighting was very dim to read small font menu. I felt that unless you were interested in the multi course meal option the menu was very limited. I had a steak that should have been medium rare and was more medium with very slight red center. I prefer to slice my steak vs it arriving already sliced.

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JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Pizza and cucumber salad. Went back again the next night it was so good!

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R
Western NC
34 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AMAZING... Chef Brian is a Star... he brought the local cuisine of a small town in the Boot of Italy to Asheville. The meal was fabulous. My compliments. Service was perfect.. Thank you Cucina24

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Greensboro
23 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a unique Italian Restraunt experience. The staff is very knowledgeable.

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Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Cucina 24 is inventive, delicious, and beautiful. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and their knowledge adds to the experience. Cucina 24 had the best food we’ve had in Asheville.

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k
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we’ve ever had. Everything was stellar and tasted absolutely incredible. Waitstaff was super knowledgeable and amazing. Will absolutely go back!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect experience as always!

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g
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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JS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

We loved our waitress, but every plate we ordered was just awful...almost comically so.

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C
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu was amazing! Everyone was very helpful and knowledgeable with the food and wine menu. This is a must visit restaurant!!

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Richmond
35 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose the tasting menu and were very pleased with the menu. Delicious! We’ll be back!

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JB
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucina 24 remains excellent after numerous years. They have maintained a very high level of cuisine and service.
They keep exploring new dishes and only trot out the terrific ones.
Very highly recommended.

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l
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This food is delicious. The wait staff is very knowledgable. We ordered the family menu and every course was outstanding. Our only complaint was that we had to wait an additional 45 minutes beyond our reservation. The manager was apologetic and offered appetizers as a thank you for your patience.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us went there for my husbands birthday, and it was fabulous. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and added to the fun. The food- superb! None of us could pick our favorite thing-- all outstanding. Menu had just changed and the offerings were diverse. Easily our favorite restaurant in Asheville and the closest thing to buying a ticket to Italy and eating in a high end restaurant there. Definitely recommend the olives, the butter lettuce salad, the swordfish, the mussels, the pasta with meatballs, the prosciutto with peaches, the olive oil cake, the pastry with fruit and ricotta. Like I said, everything was memorable and delicious. Sauces were subtle and well executed. Thank you to Cucina for a wonderful evening!

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CG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything was okay, but not notable in any way. The ambiance was pleasant and the staff cordial. Overall, nothing above the average.

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r
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing menu and food! - this was our first visit - we had many questions about the menu and our server, Miriam was awesome! - she explained the food and the tastes perfectly and made an outstanding wine selection! - if you are in Asheville and would like a great modern contemporary Italian menu with delicious food - don't miss cucina 24!

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Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience at Cucina24. Food was creative delicious fresh and new. Service impeccable and wine list superb. A favorite with us.

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CG
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific food. One of the best restaurants I have eaten in a long time and I live in DC.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous restaurant with innovative cuisine ! always love to go here !

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L
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant with friendly service and outstanding food. We went with the chef's tasting menu, and it was definitely the right choice, each course being unique and delicious.

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