La Cucina Piccola

4.8
262 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
La Cucina Piccola is an Italian restaurant in Roseland, NJ. We offer classic cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients daily. Join us for dinner and you'll feel welcomed and well taken care of.
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Macachoos
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic meal! You won’t find better Italian food in the area. Service was top notch.

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Julan
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I brought a group there and they loved it. They hadn’t been there before. Everyone enjoyed their dinner. We ate outdoors and it was fine.

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vipPatty
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and enjoyed a delicious dinner. I had the sole franchises and it was great

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vipJamesK
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent as always a New Jersey gem.

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RichardD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently the best restaurant around. Always cheerful and happy. Trish is great and Alan’s food is simply the best. Our favorite

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vipRobertH
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nicely appointed room. Good service and great food at moderate prices.

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JohnC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and staff was responsive and friendly

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vippb2013
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love dining at La Cucina Piccola. This time we took advantage of the great weather and ate outdoors. Eating indoors is also a very good option. They were very busy! Make a reservation!

We had the shrimp and bean (with mild chorizo) appetizer, a branzino and shrimp special, and the veal tartufo. All really excellent, presented nicely, with generous portions. Chef Alan harmonizes different flavors and textures so well.

"LCP" is a wonderful neighborhood Italian restaurant owned by a wonderful couple with superb cuisine and great value. A "must try".

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vipNiki
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food and service were outstanding. We will be back!

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vipArmi58
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small Italian restaurant, good food and very attentive personnel
Perfect for friends get together o small family gathering

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JillO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was beyond delicious!! Salads were the perfect size and tasted amazing. Meatballs were some of the best we’ve ever had. The mushroom risotto with grilled shrimp was amazing. The shrimp grilled to perfection and the risotto absolutely great. We will absolutely be back many more times!

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quality1
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another good night at La Cucina Piccola. Chef Alan cooks up outstanding food. The menu is great as are the specials. Wait staff is attentive which adds to a good dining experience. We have taken many friends there and all agree it is a go to place.
Lou Lento

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MitchellK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. All food was served hot and tasted delicious. Service was excellent

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vipJimG2
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at the restaurant although we live within 15 minutes of Roseland; our loss, excellent restaurant in all phases, food and service; large diverse menu with specials; byob; pastas generous and well done; shrimp app. outstanding; veal dishes very good along with double cut pork chop; prices are beyond reasonable; most impressive part of service was the shared responsibility of the servers, etc.; never a wait for any request. Highly recommend.

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vipJohn
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great little local place. Excellent food and service. We are regulars

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Frequentdiners
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again a delicious meal

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vipRichochez
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,! Great service! Must go to this wonderful family owned restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a little prize in a strip mall in suburban western Essex County NJ Food is great and served well and hot. Ambience is ok but not distracting. Great place for a great meal.

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quality1
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Cuccina Piccolo is one of our favorites. Chef/Owner Alan prepares the most delicious foods. Six of us dine there frequently - always good. The servers are attentive and available. The atmosphere lends itself to pleasant conversation. The fact that it is BYO adds to the value.

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vippb2013
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You must try dining at La Cucina Piccola! Excellent Italian cuisine prepared by a great chef, generous portions, very capable and friendly service, a nice decor, and you're treated like family. Prices are very reasonable; actually, amazing given the generous portions.

If you like mussels you've got to try the PEI mussels in a light saffron cream sauce. It's unique. The menu has a wide array of choices. Every meal we have had either in the restaurant or by take-out during the height of the pandemic has been excellent.

The entire staff is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Tables are reasonably spaced and air flow is good. Outdoor dining also available.

Very highly recommended.

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above
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was my second time there and it was just as good as the first.

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vipNoreturnto
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

La Cucina Piccola continues to serve very good food at very reasonable prices. Have always been very happy with whatever I have ordered.

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DoubleK
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Italian byob small but nicely done, specials are always great prices are reasonable, one our favorites.

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SusanG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem. First time back since Covid. The food is great and the wait staff are friendly and super efficient.

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SidD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time here despite having received fliers in the mail for it. We haven’t yet tried their bargain early bird midweek specials but still enjoyed the reasonably priced, well prepared food on their regular menu. Looking forward to our return.

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vippb2013
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another fine dinner at La Cucina Piccola! This time we introduced another couple to "LCP". They love it!

Celebrate! PEI mussels in the light saffron sauce is now on the regular menu! This is the most amazing preparation. Get extra bread to use with the sauce. The special soup was a pasta e fagiole that was also delicious. All the entrees were also superb. Two of us had the pork chop in a fig sauce. Another had veal marsala. I forget the other dish! Everyone was ecstatic.

Great, friendly service in a warm, casual setting where you're treated like family. BYOB.

Very highly recommended.

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MaryD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant consistently. The food is the best and love the staff and Tricia🥰

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with great, friendly service!

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KarenT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small restaurant so reservations on weekend. Price fix meal from 4-6 T-thursday.
Food is good and chef can accommodate unless price fixed meal. Chef owned and it reflects it in food. Good neighborhood place and BYO

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vipConseiller99
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful place! Delicious fried stuffed zucchini flowers special; terrific veal francaise; nice people!

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vipAnthony
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall a good spot. The service was perfect. We had a waitress named Lynn and she was too notch! The food was all good but it was a little rushed. I prefer to have a nice gap between my appetizers and my dinner. Other than that I would definitely recommend it.

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vipRichochez
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an authentic Italian Bistro. The food will not dissapoint. Alan is great! Super menu of many choices, all done to perfection. Go see for yourselves.

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Frequentdiners
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outdoors on a beautiful night. Perfect!

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CarlaD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great & fresh food. We enjoyed our meals. Everything was delicious.

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vipBern
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. A real family restaurant.

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vippb2013
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another fine evening of local, casual dining with really superb Italian food and friendly, excellent service in a very comfortable, casual setting. Large portions and reasonable prices making for a great value. BYOB. A perfect local restaurant that is well worth the drive if you are anywhere in the Northern New Jersey area!

We started with a special of grilled vegetables in a stack topped with fresh mozzarella and a light balsamic dressing. Then two special entrees! Sauteed branzino and fettuccine with shrimp, sausage, and spinach in a light red sauce. Finished with profiteroles and a very interesting variation on tartufo (softer ice cream coated in cocoa). All dishes highly recommended.

We ate indoors and felt very comfortable. Outdoor dining also available. The entire staff is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

La Cucina Piccola gets our very highest recommendation!

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vipTapero
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.
Ample parking.
We will be back

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vipWanderlust1
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Consistent good food with fair prices.

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vippb2013
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

La Cucina Piccola is one of our most favorite restaurants in the whole area. Another fine dining experience. Really fine food, casual atmosphere, knowledgeable and friendly service, large portions, BYOB, and very reasonable prices. And great daily specials. What's not to love?

We started with the special zucchini flowers stuffed with fresh mozzarella served with a very fresh marinara sauce (taste the fresh tomatoes!). Then a special of squid ink linguini with shrimp, crab, and arugula that we had made with their great saffron sauce and a giambotta. Finished with profiteroles. Every dish very highly recommended!

Tables are well spaced. Entire staff is fully vaccinated (yes!!) and still wears masks. We felt very comfortable and safe.

Very highly recommended.

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SusanP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We love this place. The food is excellent and the staff is friendly and attentive. We love that it's owned and operated by a very talented young couple. The BYOB aspect of it makes it even more appealing. My favorite? Salmon oreganata!

FAQs

La Cucina Piccola offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 830-3163.

La Cucina Piccola is rated 4.8 stars by 262 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.