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About Cucina 24

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.

24 Wall Street
Asheville, NC 28801
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:



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



Dinner:



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



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

Cross Street:
Otis Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 254-6170

Website:
http://www.cucina24restaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking on Wall Street as well as Wall Street parking garage.

Executive Chef:
Brian Canipelli

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

Cucina 24 Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (64)
Good for a Date (59)
Fit for Foodies (57)
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Special Occasion (43)
Notable Wine List (33)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Local Ingredients (31)
Tasting Menu (31)
Authentic (30)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Romantic (30)
Worth the Drive (26)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Casual (20)
Cozy (20)
Fun (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Bar Seating (16)
Business Meals (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Healthy (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Seasonal (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Tapas (7)
People Watching (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great Beer (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Wilmington)·Dined a day ago

The food was ok. The server we had acted like he didn’t even want to take care of us since we shared a pizza. I had to ask other servers for things such as salt pepper and more drink. We won’t return.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 2 days ago

We were excited about dining here but to our dismay were sorely disappointed! We were encouraged by the server to order the preset menu. 2 hours later we didn’t have our entree and our server was absent! Our reservations were at 8:15. By 10:15 we had been left with minimal dishes and an empty restaurant! Manager seemed apathetic and compted our “meal!” But we had a really nice bottle of wine!! On us!! Will NOT be back or recommend!! Sorry Cucina 24!! Lost our business!!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 2 days ago

The shrimp tasted like chlorine.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Simply the finest Asheville has to offer. Excellent in every way, all without being pretentious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

My wife and 15 & 11 year old went for dinner. My daughter had Gnnochi, Son had a beatiful pasta sausage bowl, my wife had a special, I had the carbonara. A server/manager/owner came by and put a plate of house made pasta with emulsified pasta water (cooked down for sauce) with pepper and some spices. Outstanding. Great wine list. If you like hearty small plate authentic Italian dishes, you've got to stop in. It was the last night of a mini vacation and we couldn't have capped it off any better!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We have been to Cucina 24 about 5 times now and it never fails to impress. The tasting menu gives you a little bit of lots of items on the menu, so if you have the time, go for it. You may become acquainted with something delicious that you would not normally order. The traditional side of the menu is great too. The focaccia bread (you have to order it) is probably the best bread I've ever had in a restaurant. This time, I had the whole snapper with raisins and pignoli nuts. I almost didn't order it because I didn't want to mess with bones, etc. I asked if they would remove the head and tail and bones, which they did. I am sooo glad I asked. This fish was amazing. So moist and flavorful. My husband and mother-in-law had beef carpaccio with a fantastic sauce. Yummy. His pasta with sausage was spot on delicious. She raved about her zuppa de pesche. As always, excellent service. I am surprised that this restaurant is not in Asheville's top 10 more often. It is definitely on ours and we eat out there a lot.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent dining experience. Perfect amount of attention from staff. Great good.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

I love going to Cucina 24 because they always have availability, the locations great, the food is delicious, and the service is exceptional.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Terrible service. Inedible entree. Ruined my girlfriend's birthday.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was good, but not great. The service was fine, but a bit too casual. The hostess needs training; she could not bring herself to smile during the entire exchange and seemed annoyed that we had decided to dine at Cucina 24. She takes no pride in her work and that reflects poorly in her employer. Overall, an okay experience that could have been great if the restaurant had tried a bit harder.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I have been several times and have always enjoyed Cucina 24. We were a party of 7 on Dec. 30th for dinner. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. Everyone ordered cocktails which took a very long time to come. The food was outstanding and we had lots of it - snail toast, foccacia, hangar steak, several pastas. It was all wonderful. The service however, was not up to the standard of the food. Our vegetarian friend asked several questions about meatless options and was assured that her pasta would be made without bacon; it wasn't. Two of our party ordered at the same time as everyone else but apparently their order was never submitted as 5 of us were done eating by the time their food came. Our second bottle of wine also took a very long time to arrive. It was a busy night, but isn't that what popular Asheville restaurants want and expect? The food made up for the bad service and I will go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We really enjoyed the awesome cocktails. The food was incredible. The service was excellent. It was very cold and they didn't get started right at 5pm with people waiting outside in the frigid temps but they made up for that with excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was ok and nothing special for $
Prices to high for the value of the food!!

Tags: Casual
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Celebrating mom’s retirement. Excellent service, our server was engaging yet never over bearing and gave us an excellent wine recommendation. Food was delicious and straightforward. The dual menus were super fun and was very unique. Prefect for two ladies to enjoy some wine and not feel pressured to over order ect. Will defiantly return ASAP!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Exceptional food, true Italian flavors. Very friendly and efficient service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food. Had the Chef's Tasting Menu which really was both fun and delicious. The service staff was great. Our only complaint is that we also chose the pairing wine. Four half glasses of wine for $35 was not a good value. Two glasses of sparkling wine and two $12 a glass reds comes up short. In addition, my wife had fish and I had the quail yet we ended up with the same exact wine. The sommelier needs more training. Otherwise, great place to go. Our second favorite in Asheville.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Worst Italian food ever. Claimed to have fresh pasta. Nothing fresh about it and sauces were bland, almost watered down.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was delicious. Service was subpar. Definitely not kid friendly.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food and service was fantastic. Over the top. The best meal we had during our holiday stay in Asheville. We will be back!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Tapas
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

One of the few places in Asheville where you can hold a conversation, but the noise level the night we went was more than usual, perhaps because the music was turned up a bit too much. The food was good as always, but the prices have been creeping up.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We waited 40 minutes between 1st and 2nd courses, soup then pasta. At the end of the meal they offered to buy us a bottle of wine and dessert. Nice offer but we had no time to partake. Had a previous engagement.

Aggregating because people around us were being serviced. They gave is no explanation for the delay. Oh and Brussel spouts were not carmelized but burnt

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great Italian food in downtown Asheville. We loved the pasta. Good wine list. Waiter was very kmowledgeable about the menu and wine. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Amazing! The food was creative, yet balanced and overdone. We had the tasting menu and it's not to be missed! Our service was top notch!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The staff was nothing short of spectacular. We were assisted by no less than four servers over the course of our meal. They were constantly attending to our every need without being obtrusive.

The food was great. We stayed fairly vanilla in our selections because we had our kids, but the small plates presented as well as they tasted and the pizza was fantastic.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We love Cuchina 24 and the meal we had the other night was the best yet!!! Those brussel sprouts and that fish!!!!
We almost came back the next night!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent service from the hostess to our server and the support staff. Creative well prepared multi course meal. We have dined here over the years and feel it is among the best overall dining experience in Asheville.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food and service were great as usual! Best restaurant in Asheville!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was fabulous. This is my favorite restaurant
in Asheville. We have had the tasting menu twice and it has been excellent

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food and service. Robertino provided just the right amount of attention and information when asked for a recommendation. Would be happy to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had a great table, great server and the food for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians was excellent. The wine list was substantial and the handcrafted cocktails were creative and done right. Overall, a great evening!

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent food and service for party of 8.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We're regulars at Cucina 24 and it never disappoints. The best Italian restaurant in Asheville and one of the best restaurants in town, period.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Hadn't been to the restaurant in 4 or 5 years, so visited again. So glad we did.
Food and service were excellent. Ambiance nice. Will not wait so long to return!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Enjoyed very much. Food was very good. Fairly limited menu the night we were there. Martini extremely small!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our first visit to Cucina24. The server did a nice job of helping us order appropriate portions. The restaurant is very cozy and intimate. The salads we had were tasty, but nothing special. We shared a entree the tagliatelle bolognese. While the pasta itself was very very good, the ragú was bland.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great place for a date. Family style meal was different from traditional Italian food that I’ve had in the past and maybe more for those who like to try new things but it was very good.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Highly recommend. Wait staff was great, food was wonderful. We will definitely be back!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My date and I both chose main dishes from the new family style offering without committing to the entire set menu at $45 each. We had to ask if that option was available as the menu didn’t mention it. The waitress said anything was available on request and the pricing would be comparable to mains on the normal menu. As price wasn’t the issue we chose the duck leg and sea bass. To our surprise they were both priced at the low end of the normal mains. That impressed us on the value scale.
Both dishes were excellently crafted to highlight the flavor of the meats while adding depth with complementary flavors.
Our waitress was always there when we needed her and she seemed to have an excellent understanding of the evening’s menu and the extensive wine list. Excellent service.
Cucina 24 stands out in the many excellent culinary choices Asheville offers. It’s now on our top 3 list that we’ll return to over and over.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Tasting menu was bland
Maybe regular menu is better

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Absolutely loved our dinner at Cucina! We almost went back our second night in town. Specifically enjoyed our Tequlia cocktail, best bread ever and cheese plate, with an awesome menu including devious lamb ragu and branzino. Highly recommend - we’ll definitely be back to Asheville and Cucina!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fun
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