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Cucina 24

4.5
1903 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch:



Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 2:30pm



Dinner:



Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm



Friday-Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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Phone number
(828) 254-6170
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brian Canipelli
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Otis Street
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Parking details
Street Parking on Wall Street as well as Wall Street parking garage.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
What 1903 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I'm so glad we ordered bread service, outstanding, we don't usually eat bread but this is the place to try the bread.

Little Gems salad was farm fresh and perfectly dressed.

Our pasta dishes were perfection.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We enjoyed a stellar dinner, excellent in every way. Super impressed

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We had the tasting menu and it was our best dining experience of the year. Our food rivaled The French Laundry!. Our server Allen was very professional and welcoming. We usually dine several times a year and look forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Amberjack dish was outstanding. Wonderful meal and great service.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Good food, small menu but what we have we enjoyed. More wines by the glass would be nice, they do offer many Italian wines that are not the usual ones found in most restaurants so that was a plus. We were there on a Monday night so it was not too busy, the place emptied out by 8:30 or so, probably a bit livelier on the weekend nights.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We were going through a movie downtown and picked a new spot for dinner. Quite pleased and will return.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Fantastic flavors and quality ingredients. Exquisite meal!

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Not a friendly greeting upon arrival - more of an attitude. Pricey for what is offered. Nothing affordable on the wine list. We delayed ordering our entrees but they arrived so quickly anyway and we were still eating our appetizers. Waitress noticed and made a joke about it. Didn't seem funny to us.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Second visit. Food is excellent. Well prepared and presented. Genuine Italian not chain food spaghetti and meatballs. Ambiance is cozy. Nice bar. Welcoming attitude. Service was a little slow at the get go otherwise satisfactory. Would recommend highly and will visit again

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Unexpected dishes but we chose the chefs selections for the evening. Different but delicious. I would like to go back and try the classics. Overall wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

One of the best all-round dining experiences, and the best meal, my wife and I have had in a long time. Went there on the strong recommendation of locals we met at the Guitar Bar, when we had gone for a pre-dinner drink. They also recommended the tasting menu, which we also followed after a long scrutiny of the extensive, mouth-watering menu. Our waiter, Becky, was excellent. We were unfamiliar with the wine list, and after asking us about our favorite common varieties, she selected perfect matches for our palates and the tasting menu. She also responded enthusiastically to my wife's request for a few modifications to items on the tasting menu (sensitive stomach) with detailed suggestions of alternatives. All the foregoing was done by memory--no note pad. This restaurant does everything right.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Wonderful!

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We have had two very bad meals in a row. Our bill was expensive, and we knew that going in but wanted to try Cucina one more time because in the past our meals were always excellent. Two times with bad meals is a strike out for us. We won't be back.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Drinks were special nice original cocktails and the Japanese scotch really good. Pasta was good one dish a little under cooked too all-dente and the other plate was over cooked. Sauces were good. Pizza was good Neapolitan style — super wood fired . Salads were super fresh.

I would go back we had - fun - the desert was outstanding unique!

Go you’ll have a great meal and fun

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Friend knew we would be in Asheville, so gave me a gift certificate for Cucina 24. Had never been. Husband and I are relatively simple palate diners. Restaurant offers a tasting menu that provides individual entrees and sharing on other dishes. A little too “exotic” for me. However, we ordered a cheese plate that was terrific and our entrees were super tasty-mine, the tagliatelle bolognese, and, his, the seafood spaghetti. Nice, fresh dining spot. We will be back on our next Asheville trip.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Perfect before theatre meal. You should be on every list of top Asheville restaurants. We think you are doing for Italian what Curate did for Spanish.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Foos was outstanding and server was extemly helpful and professional.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was well prepared. Lighting just right

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Homemade pasta was wonderful. I had the bolognese sauce that was simply delicious. The snail appetizer was ice cold causing it to lose all flavor. I’m a small eater but the size was ridiculously small. The frisée salad was also ice cold and tasteless. Bottles of wine start at $45. Waitress was as very attentive and pleasant with no rushing. If you like pasta I would recommend it.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We enjoyed the 8 course pre-fix menu very much. The food was very fresh and beautifully prepared

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Everything about this restaurant was wonderful. Not only one of our favorite meals from our Asheville trip, but also one of our favorite meals of all time. We did the tasting menu and of all the dishes, not a single one disappointed. They were all phenomenal! Our server was also excellent! Would've eaten here every night of our trip. Please go!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Whenever I’m in Asheville, I have to eat at Cucina 24 at least once. Love bringing in new folks or dining with locals. A real keeper!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful service, most delicious Italian in asheville. Over all wonderful meal and experience!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Brought our sister-in-law to Asheville for her birthday. Was our second time at Cucina 24 and did NOT disappoint. Our waitress Nicole was outstanding, food delivery was perfectly staggered, and taste was amazing. The PEI mussels were so perfectly cooked I initially thought they were undercooked but I was wrong. Their in-house made pasta was excellent, pizza great - makes me want to move to NC!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

What a great place they carefully select the menu with seasonal items and their food is authentically Italian

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The portions were very small and the prices were very high. Don't choose the special menu if you're hungry.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great! Delicious food, excellent service.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had such a wonderful evening! The service was absolutely fantastic and the food exceeded our expectations. We decided to do the tasting menu and we were not disappointed. The food was both creative and delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

One of the three best restaurants in Asheville and on par with Curate. Hands down our favorite for everything from date night to special occasions.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Unfortunately, we were seated near a very loud table of guests, who made so much noise, we could not enjoy our own conversation. I regularly dine at your restaurant. This was the first time I’ve had such an unpleasant experience there.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Disappointed with the service. The menu wasn't explained to us. So although I was prepared to pay for an expensive meal I wasn't prepared to pay the cost of five courses and only receive one dish. It was the only fish dish on the menu that I could eat... We were seated next to the computer station and could hear the waiters talk about their tables. No one ever came to check on us after our food arrived, no refill of water and no one asked if we wanted more drinks.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Very good experience. Excellent meals after difficult choices from the menu; too many good items. The tiny broccolini appetizer was superb and the Wagu Flat Iron steak in particular were very good.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our favorite go to restaurant in Asheville. Service, food, spirits always the best.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our waitress was amazing! Honestly many things on the menu sounded delicious so she let us do half portions so we could try a variety of things.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Awesome bread, awesome riggatoni, delicious pizza, great service.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Outstanding service and great food made our anniversary special. Thank you Cucina 24.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Our first stop on the Eating Asheville food tour, I was amazed at the shortribs they gave us to sample, not something I would normally order, but was very tasty. It turned out to be my favorite thing on the tour, and when the tapas place we had already planned for dinner didn't have any availability, we made a reservation here. Holy cow are we glad that we did! We ate a la carte, some greens and brussel sprouts for starters, and we both had pasta for main course. My wife had a bolognese which was excellent and I had a rigatoni that was a bit spicy and had bits of smoky ham in it. That was totally off the charts, my wife made me split it with her.

As we learned on the tour, Cuchina only uses the freshest ingredients that are available and their menu constantly changes according to what is at its peak of freshness. They do things right and it totally came through in a wonderfully flavorful meal. The ambiance was great for a romantic night out, their servers were perfectly attentive and we have not a thing to complain about. Highly recommended! I know I probably sound like their marketing department, but we live in Charlotte and were just very pleased with our meal :)

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food and service. Amazing pizza dough and homemade pastas. The music was amazing as well. Would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Fabulous evening. Great appetizers. Grilled cabbage. House made mozzarella. Pickled onions. Yum. Entrees are delicious

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I have eaten at Cucina 24 multiple times leading up to this review and my last visit was my least favorite. It certainly wasn't bad, but there were some things that paled in comparison to my earlier visits. The waiter spent too much time describing how the menu works, prix fixe on one side, a la carte on the other. He repeatedly mentioned that we could mix and match from either side. It made the menu seem a bit like a gimmick and the pitch was a bit uncomfortable. My fish was also slightly over done, but so slightly that it could have been due to sitting under a heat lamp just a little to long on a busy Friday night. Overall, 9/10, still the best place in Asheville.

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