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About cucina sa
Cucina SA is a great neighborhood place to enjoy one of our pizzas from the wood-burning oven, or savor our many pasta dishes and entrees, while perusing a vast selection of Italian Wine. Our wine list features 150 selections, focusing primarily on all the great regions of Italy, with some interesting California offerings as well. We have our main dining room in front, with a great view of the wood-burning oven. We also have a cozy Wine Bar in back, where one can chose either a table or counter dining, for a quick glass of wine, or a leisurely dinner. In the warmer months, we also have a handful of tables outside on the wood bridge.
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
cucina sa Ratings and Reviews
The best meal I've had at Cucina SA to date. One of the best meals I've had in Marin over the last decade. A very warm summer night. Greeted warmly by the owner, then by the server. Started with a couple of glasses of really nice Soave. My bride and I split three appetizers. Tuna Tartare - raw tuna chunks and avocado atop a light sausce I couldn't identify and finished with some housemade ranch dressing. Dandy on a warm night! We followed this with a Fritto Misto of shrimp, calamari, onion, and lemon each dipped in an incredibly light batter and quiclly deep fried, served with the ranch dressing on the side. I should have ask for a slice of lemn that's all it needed. We finished with a special arugula topped with toothsome pear and which i took as a very light ricotta cheese and I believe a lemon and olive oil dresing. We finished with something really really nice that sounds terrible - softserve vanilla ice cream with caramel and sea salt. Purrrfect!
And the whole menu really was tuned into both the season and moreover the temperature outside.
A plus is tht we noticed that they are now open for lunch. I've gotta try this out.
Kudos to the whole team - owner, server and the gang if wizards in the back of house. Take a bow folks!
We dropped in on a Saturday evening for our anniversary. It wasn't too crowded at 7:00 p.m. but filled up while we were there. Parking is pretty easy on San Anselmo Ave at that time, and it was a nice evening for a stroll. Service was quick and attentive throughout the meal.
The layout is a little unwieldy, though; when you walk in you just kind of stand in the middle of the aisle and try not to get in anyone's way. The server accidentally backed into me and almost tripped when she was seating us.
The food is all-around great. They started with bruschetta, rather than just bread, which was a nice (and tasty) surprise. The Crostini di Burrata was delightful. The wife ordered the gnocchi bava and enjoyed it, and it was a heartier serving than I've seen at other restaurants. I ordered a steak-and-pesto pizza that was one of the specials; it was a good-sized pizza, and I was not disappointed. We also shared a bottle of Dolcetto. They have a fair-sized wine menu, and Dolcetto was on the cheaper side, but still pretty tasty.
The food was outstanding!!
Wait service was great but the bus service lacked in getting more water, etc.
Strange set up when you walk in to check in with the hostess. You have to walk thru the restaurant and are standing in the middle of all the diners. A bit hectic. Would highly recommend the restaurant regardless.
Food is always outstanding. The service was not very good this time. Unfortunately it seems as with other restaurants that if you aren't ordering wine or other drinks, you pretty much are ignored after ordering the dinner. The waitstaff was too busy, we had to ask for water a few times and waited for a while to order and for the check.
Everything was great, as always. Only reason I deducted one star is because the sausage they're now using in my favorite plate (Contadino Misto) is way too spicy for me - and this time there was more sausage and less chicken, and a lot less garlic. Will have to mention this the next time I'm there - and there will definitely be a next time. They also have the absolutely best chocolate desert!
My wife and I stopped going to Cucina a few years when the owners separated and the food seemed to have gone downhill. We went back recently after a friend mentioned it and this was a follow-up.
It's a lively neighborhood trattoria on charming San Anselmo Avenue where we usually see someone we know. The tables are a little crowded (you don't go there for the décor) but with the low ceiling the noise level is tolerable -- and you can sit in the bar in the back near San Anselmo Creek if you want something a little quieter.
This time we started with a stuffed mushroom special and the outstanding raw shredded zucchini with almonds and parmesan, which we can't pass up. Then I had a risotto special and my wife a pork with pappardelle dish. Portions are large and it was really good -- ho mangiato troppo ("I ate too much")!
The wine list is not as extensive as it used to be before the divorce (Jack has a marvelous palate but he's no longer there) but it's really good and still reasonably priced. This time we brought our own so we left a 30% tip but even then the total tab for 3 was under $130. Very good value. It kind of feels like the old crowd of locals from Ambrosia has moved to Cucina.
I loved this place before the original owner sold it, and now that she has bought it back it is as good as ever. My new favorite appetizer is the arancini -- Italian risotto balls filled with cheese and proschutto. Fabulous little flavor bombs. In truth, everything we ordered was delicious. The beet salad was tasty and generous enough to share. The pastas were fresh and flavorful. And we split a generous portion of the very best warm zabaglione I have ever tasted. A memorable evening.
Excellent food, attentive and very personal service and overall great experience. This was our second visit to Cucina SA and I must admit I was a bit concerned that our perfect experience from our first visit could not be replicated as has happened to me at many restaurants. But not at this one. Very consistent and consistently great at that.
We had a calamari appetizer, salads for all and shared dessert. Each and every one of us thought our food was excellent. Would definitely return. Although we arrived with 4 people instead of 3, we had no problem with the reservation. We stayed for over two hours talking business, and the staff did not rush us out the door. I really appreciated that! Highly recommend for a business lunch.
The food was wonderful (little meatball appetizer after their wonderful complementary bruschetta, a very creative salad, then pasta bombolotti sugo, and sole). We were there when the electricity failed mid-meal!!) due to a storm, and the staff, led by a cheerful, efficient Victor, managed us all with grace and humor! Impressive!
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