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Prima Cucina Italiana, Youngstown, OH

Prima Cucina Italiana

4.7
4.7
257 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Regional Italian with emphasis on the cooking of Rome. An unforgettable dining experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (330) 743-3000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Santangelo

What 257 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Notable Wine List

  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Special Occasion

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  1. TM

    TomM

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Only us and one other table occupied. However still had to request service ( refills, bread, etc). Understand if they were slammed busy but it was almost empty.
  2. JG

    JosephG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    This is the second time I've made reservations on line and received the table next to bar where I was constantly being bumped by staff Eggplant parm was not hot but warm
  3. A

    Anthonym

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Had the eggplant parmesan, and devil on horseback! All the food was great! Service was good, a little slow. Had to ask for bread a few times and slow on the drinks. But would recommend.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. Great service, awesome drinks, and fabulous food!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing dining experience. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed the evening at one of their outside tables. The atmosphere was relaxed and enjoyable. The food was absolutely amazing and I would say that it was some of the best in town. Service was good and the servers were friendly and helpful. We even got to witness about 10 guy on trikes riding wheelies through the downtown. Reminded me of the old days.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ enough said
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The crispy artichokes were delicious as an appetizer.
  8. N

    Nell

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good. Calamari and grilled octopus cooked perfectly. Ragu pasta was amazing.
  9. RO

    ROBERTOP

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent cuisine and well-kept premises Definitely to try
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular food and service as always!
  11. R

    Roxy

    Cleveland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    The good: Nice atmosphere, great and attentive servers, linen tablecloths and napkins, nice flatware. Good wine selection. Had the Italian cream cake for dessert and it was delicious…not too sweet. And everybody loved the cappuccino’s. The not so good: Ordered carbonara with a side of shrimp. Pasta was dry/pasty, shrimp was great but was served on a small separate plate…making for a terrible presentation… should have been served on top of the pasta! Wife had halibut with broccolini. Halibut was served on top of charred Broccolini… It was so burnt tasting it was completely inedible…not to mention the fish was soooo salty!! The halibut would have been nice served with some pasta! If this restaurant is the epitome of great Italian food where was the bread!? The charcuterie board did not come with any type of bread or crackers either… and only had one type of cheese (cube), which was very skimpy, for 4 people. Also had an artichoke appetizer…it was dry and just boring. We make Italian food at home and cook with premium ingredients and always make meals from scratch…so we are very particular. We make homemade pasta, sauces and order our seafood from Alaska. This will not be a restaurant we will go back too.
  12. A

    Adrianna

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such amazing food and drinks! I love to sit on the patio it’s such great atomosphere!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love is always a a good reason
  14. s

    shel

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I thought the food was just awful. Rarely do I ever say this for an Italian restaurant. Not a single person in our party of 6 finish their meal. The salads were far too salty. Worst part was my 10 year old who had been very patient waiting for dinner was told when they were serving all the adults their entrees that they had run out of his menu choice of spaghetti bolognese. It was ridiculous he was served pasta with butter and a breaded chicken cutlet that looked like someone took a baseball bat to it. They did refund his inedible meal. Not worthy of the reviews. The cocktails were decent. The staff was attentive but imagine trying to explain to a kid there won’t be food for you after everyone has been served.
  15. B

    Boots

    Cleveland

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, another lovely evening with great food and better service.
  16. C

    Cincinnati1

    Cincinnati

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pasta was great. Service was on point. Drinks were excellent. Great place for dinner, date, or a night out.
  17. ES

    EricS

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am from out of state, and it is easily, and I am not kidding, the best Italian restaurant at which I've dined.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  19. g

    goodinfo

    Cleveland

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch service and entrees made to perfection. I have been here many times and each time I bring multiple people with the same reaction.... "My meal was excellent I can't believe we have never been here". Highly recommend.
  20. M

    Megan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Table was ready early, service was great, and eggplant was delicious.
  21. SG

    SergonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just an amazing place, food is great and service just fantastic
  22. s

    sunstarr

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent fine dining restaurant in youngstown ohio
  23. JA

    JoanA

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our first visit at Prima Cucina Italiana. We had heard many wonderful things and wanted to try it ourselves. We both ordered the chicken on a brick. That was delicious and we will be back again soon to order it again!!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    They only had one server so service was a bit slow. We were told this before we were seated. Clearly can’t blame that on the restaurant. Wine list is outstanding! Food was spectacular! I had the artichoke appetizer and chicken Milanese. One of the best Italian meals I’ve had in a long time.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brick chicken was delicious, but we enjoyed everything about our meal.
  26. DM

    DanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend this place. Our table had some outstanding service and high quality meals. They even exchanged our flatware for fresh ones between courses. I had the pollo alla mattone which had super crispy skin and a moist inside. Very beautiful and flavorful dish with capers, garlic and rosemary adorned on top. Super happy with our experience and I am excited to come back for more.
  27. ER

    EddieRay

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time we've been to Prima Cucina. Great service and excellent food. Look forward to coming back to explore more of the menu. Keep it up.
  28. RL

    RalphL

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Fresh. Great service. A great Italian dining experience in downtown Youngstown.
  29. ER

    EddieRay

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down, one of the best restaurants we've ever been to. From the ease of making reservations all the way to paying the bill, everything was outstanding. Already recommended it several people and we will definitely be back. Keep up the great work.
  30. TK

    TerrieK

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and wine was amazing! Our waitress was amazing. That being said, we had a reservations for 5:00 for three people. We arrived on time. We checked in and the gentleman told us someone will sit us. The hostess came over and asked if we had a reservation, we indicated we did , gave her the information and she sat us at our table . While handing out the menus, she told us that the restaurant was fully booked and not to take a long time for dinner. She continued to repeat herself about not lingering because their would be other people with reservations that will be coming! We felt her comments were very inappropriate . That being said, we plan to make another reservation because we were really impressed with the food!
  31. AB

    AthenaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Dimitri was our server and he was very knowledgeable and helpful and perfect server !!!! Food was delicious and we ordered a l lot of it. Calamari delicious, artichokes, Octopus , side of pasta with meat sauce, eggplant lasagna, chicken , everything done exactly perfect. Can’t wait to go back and try the skirt steak and have Dimitri as our server again
  32. LH

    LorreeH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New restaurant for us. We have been there 3 times in the past 3 weeks! Highly recommend…ask for Federico.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service with (Frederic?) 4 in our party loved the artichoke appetizers & polpettes with polenta. All our meals were delicious, filet of sole, linguini w/clams & eggplant all prepared perfect and presented nicely. Small resataurant with a cozy atmosphere.
  34. JJ

    JosephJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience….chloe was a great server… A great spot in Y town
  35. LH

    LorreeH

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant is excellent! We highly recommend it and will return!
  36. SA

    StaciA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Chloe, was amazing. Very personable and friendly. Very knowledgeable about the menu and answered any questions that we had. The food was outstanding. The mozzarella special that they had was some of the best mozzarella I've ever had. Our dishes were also cooked to perfection. We were just in town for my graduation but we would definitely go back if we're ever in town again.
  37. s

    starrreese

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    One of our favorite places to eat. Usually a home run but wasn't as good as normal. Wasn't bad, just not up to the standard we've come to expect. Heard they have new cooks so maybe there's still some growing pains in the kitchen.
  38. G

    chitownG

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening. Food and service was excellent. Federico is an excellent waiter, great recommendations and service.
  39. M

    Mazz

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Overall experience was very good. This was our (my wife and me) first visit to this restaurant. We were welcomed courteously and seated promptly. Our server (Anna) was amazingly sweet, knowledgable and attentive. Our food was superb. We've been to Italy three times, and generally judge upscale Italian restaurants with our Italian experience. This was definitely comparable. There's not much ambiance, and I would have liked more traditional Italian music (just my preference), plus, it is pricy. But, overall, a terrific place to eat in Youngstown. We'll be back!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Italian!

FAQs

Prima Cucina Italiana is rated 4.7 stars by 257 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Prima Cucina Italiana

103 W Federal St, Youngstown, OH 44503-1303

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Phelps

  • Neighborhood

    Youngstown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free public parking on Federal and Phelps and behind the restaurant at the Youngstown Water Department lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Santangelo

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