Cucina 24

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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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Feast of the Seven Fishes! An Italian-American tradition in which guests will enjoy a grand feast of the finest seafood available to us from the Carolina coast and surrounding regions. Available as a tasting dinner in five courses for $55/person. All menu items are also available a la carte.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Our special New Year's Eve feast will be a tasting dinner in five courses for $65/person. A la carte items are available as supplements to the tasting dinner. Wine pairings and special holiday cocktails will be available to guests 21 and older.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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BD
London
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Menu has become limited in the last several months under the guise of serving food from different regions of Italy.

MC
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We ordered the cheeseboard, which is $16, and couldn’t believe the amount of cheese we received. Literally 3 of the smallest pieces of cheese ever. The bread was served cold- chilled- and was served without a bread knife or olive oil. Our pizza was also partially burnt.

We had bar seating by the front, so maybe that was an issue. We had high hopes but left disappointed.

F
Tampa
64 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was very disappointed with our meal this past Saturday night. We went early so it was not as busy as when we left. We all had pastas. Half of the pastas were not cooked even all dente. The choices were not very good. This is not what we have come to enjoy at this restaurant.
On a bright note, the facacua bread was delicious.

ED
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had the tasting menu. Food was very good and interesting. Service was friendly but sporadic. Had to ask for bread (2x) replenishing wine also took flagging down the bartender even though we were seated at the bar.

F
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Would have been 5 stars but we got our food quite a bit before the ordered drinks were served.

AP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. We chose the"tasting" menu and had six different Italian small bites before our delicious entrees arrived. My lamb was delicious as was my husband's grouper. A nice cake for dessert was also included. We decided to schedule a large group dinner there in a few months. Highly recommend.

DS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time dining at Cucina 24. Like the first time, the food and service was outstanding! We highly recommend this restaurant and will come back again!

M
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 3 of our entrees were excellent. Our server couldn’t have been better! The acoustics allowed us to talk without raising our voices. Everything combined for a pleasant evening.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous!

D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

All around a great experience. A couple dishes were slightly undercooked but otherwise a perfect evening.

SJ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

What an incredible meal! Great for a birthday or special occasion. The only qualm I had was that the restaurant was very cold. Otherwise, magnificent!

PE
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was not at all what I was expecting based on reviews/word of mouth. We had a later reservation on the weekend, so maybe the line was tired and threw our food together. The pork in the ragu was extremely dry--seemed like it had been sitting in a warming pan all night. The tilefish itself was delicious, but it was accompanied but entirely too much broccoli rabe, which masked the flavor of the fish with tons of bitterness. We ordered entrees at 9:30, after our first course (which came out rather quickly) our dishes were cleared around 10ish, and sat without food until 10:30. May have just been an off night, but after $130 for 2 people, we left feeling underwhelmed.

DS
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, great food. Recommend sitting at the chef’s bar!

CB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top of the Asheville food game. Super fun and delicious every time.

TL
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef tasting menu was an extraordinary value. Non-stop delicious food, including dessert. The ambiance is romantic but the service and vibe is low key and friendly. I can’t wait to return.

FF
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate our 16 year anniversary. Atmosphere, service and food were amazing! We will be returning on our next date night!

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Everyone we met from Asheville said this was a great place but we were disappointed in the food. We did the tasting menu and only 2 out of the 7 items were very good, 5 good, and 1 bad. The chicken liver pate had a vinegar sauce on it that was so vinegary it made your mouth pucker. Overall a disappointment.

EB
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not as terrific as I was expecting.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Took a while to seat us and then get the food

NY
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food and service, great way to try multiple plates with minimal worry over what fits your main entree.

MW
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding!

JB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Service was adequate and prompt.
Appetizers were very good- okra and liver.
Entre- vinegar in the sauce overrode the sweetness of the scollops that we’re well cooked.
Cost of items from fixed price were not stated.
Wine by the glass was pricey.
Price of the meal was not in keeping with a $$ scale.

TJ
N. Ireland
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Horrible experience. Lamb was all bones. Service was poor. Not likely to return. Unfortunately it was one of our favorite places in Asheville but that has changed.

NW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Menu was not the same as online. Not a big selection. For the price it could have been better.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience as always. The current menu focused on Tuscan cuisine is exceptional. Best authentic Italian restaurant in Asheville. Highly recommend.

r
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was terrible #servicewithabadattitude. Food was good, but our waitress was so rude and bad i would never go back. Very disappointing.

RM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant!!!!

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CK
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Disappointed! Service was lacking, description of food was off. Told we were getting 3 medium to large scallops, but received 2 small ones (chef table)

GS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While our party of five expected a good meal, we were surprised at just how excellent was every aspect of our dinner. Nothing we ate was ordinary. Everything was several steps above all other local Italian restaurants, each dish truly innovative, displaying the obvious talent and dedication of the chef. Absolutely the best dining experience we have had in Asheville, and we have been to all the local top tier restaurants. Wonderful!!!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the “For the Table” offering.
Everything was amazing.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend getting the Chef’s tasting menu. All of the food was amazing and the portions were just right. They change their menus frequently to focus on a different region, and we went while all menu items and wines were in the region of Tuscany.

j
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recommend sitting at the kitchen bar and ordering the fixed price menu. Ours included 3 tapas of freshly prepared ingredients, 2 yummy first course pasta dishes, our choice of entrees (the short rib entree was a feast for eyes and appetite) and a desert. It was a phenomenal meal. Be sure to also check out their new wine bar (on the other side of "All Fired Up" storefront. We will be back to try the delicious looking wood fired porchetta available in the wine bar.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoyed it, highly recommend! We started with a honey ricotta and tomatoes, mussels with white wine and pepper sauce...and it was great. Superb service, quaint atmosphere, a perfect dinner date.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was very quaint. We booked at last minute and was able to sit at a high top in the bar area. It was just perfect for our date night. There was the option for price fixed for 4 course meal. It was themed from Sicilian Region and was delicious.it was very filling. The only disappointment was I opted for the scallops and they only serve 2 scallops. If I had not had the other 2 courses prior I would have been hungry.

E
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The four-course fixed price menu was a fun way to experience Cucina 24. The swordfish was excellent.

VB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food we tried was great, and bursting with unusual flavors. All the Italian dishes had a slight spin from the norm. We didn’t try the tasting menu (time constraints) so we combined two entrees into one outstanding dish. The spaghetti (which has no red sauce) and the lamb meatballs. Delicious. Drawbacks: narrow neck water glass bottles (difficult clean properly) and visible kitchen staff with no beard guards (and they needed big beard guards).

PH
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Price fix meal was great. Appetizers came too quickly is only thing that could improve

AB
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This is the second time we have been there and the first time the food was inconsistent - some good some bad - the menu is pretentious - you want good Italian food and you are presented with a tasting menu as one option but very few a la carte dishes to choose from and everything based on a region of Italy. One good dish we had was an appetizer of fresh anchovies on mozzarella. The bread was also good. Everything from there went downhill. The spaghetti had no flavor - just oil and garlic and we had to add salt. The other pasta with Pork Ragu had no flavor whatsoever and the noodles were not al dente - they were too thick, undercooked and rubbery. The pizza toppings of eggplant, onions and peppers were done well but the pizza itself was not crispy and the crust was way too thick at the edge - I had to cut off the crust and eat the middle. The desserts ranged from excellent to appalling - the ricotta almond torta was excellent, the Sicilian Ice cream Sandwich was weird and the cannoli was appalling - my husband is Sicilian and we are from NYC and eat cannolis all the time - this one basically tasted like whipped cream with no flavor stuffed inside a cookie that was over cooked and oily. The wine list is good and the Vin Santo with dessert was lovely. It is too bad though that this second visit was so disappointing and expensive to boot -we will never eat there again.

SB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Made a reservation and was given one of the worst tables possible directly in front of the pass. Waiters and waitresses constantly cutting in between our table though out our meal. Kitchen was so loud behind us.

Wine mark up was way above average. My girlfriend asked to see the bottle of the wine we were drinking at 12 dollars a glass. Vinvino app showed the same wine with a retail price of 9.99 a bottle. Pours were not generous, so they are probably getting 6-7 glasses per bottle.

Food was hit and miss.

Will never return and have advised others to stay away.

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