Cucina an Overrated Italian Experience in Downtown Beirut

There has been a Restaurant Boom in our country for the past years and people are finding it a bit challagining to keep up with the newly opened projects and diners every now and then. Cucina an upscale Italian restaurant in downtown beirut facing Metropole opened two years ago and we finally got to try it to see if it presented anything new to the Lebanese food market. The menu includes typical dishes such as pastas, gnocchi, risottos, salads, and pizzas. We sticked to the regular Four Cheese pizza, the Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina and the famous Pain Perdu.
•The Four Cheese Pizza was nothing special: a pizza dough topped with 4 cheeses. The dough was good and the cheeses flavor was present but it definitely needed sauce as it was dry. 
•The Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina was tasty and flavorful but the gnocchi were over cooked. 
•The Pain Perdu consisted of a generous portion of bread loaf served with caramlized apples, ice cream and caramel sauce. We were extremely excited to try it after Haifa Wehbe's Instagram post, so we couldn't wait to finish taking pictures and have the first bite. We were surprised! The bread was burnt on the edges even the caramel had a burnt taste. We only ate 2 bites! It was so overrated.
We were not impressed with Cucina, if it wasn't for the beautiful terrace and the cool ambiance of the exterior our experience would have been worse.

Rating: 6.5/10
Average Price: 25$
Location: Caragoula Street, Minet El Hosn, Beirut
Phone: 01-98494


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