Thursday, 12 October 2017

Cucina 73 King Street Whalley 11th October 2017

I have been to Cucina 73 several times and its name is derived from Cucina meaning kitchen and its location 73 King Street.   The restaurant is cosy and welcoming and on warm days, there is a lovely walled garden at the front, where you can sit out.

Our recent visit was with our neighbours, as Cucina 73 had introduced a new menu, which luckily has a few vegan options of ribollita soup, cavatelli pasta and marinara pizza just like they serve it in Italy.   I also think the autumn salad could easily be made vegan as could some of the other pizzas.   They are also now open on Wednesday to Saturdays during the day from 10.00 am, serving teas, coffees and cakes and I am hoping a vegan cake will appear one day.

We tucked into complimentary bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, whilst perusing the menu and ordered a very nice bottle of Villa Dei Fiori Fiano, a vegan friendly white wine, which I love.

I chose ribollita soup, a rustic dish served with bread in the bowl, with the soup ladled over, so the bread soaks up the flavours, it makes a satisfying winter warmer of a dish.

Mains was cavatelli pasta with wild mushrooms, broccoli and chilli, what a cracking dish.   The pasta is made on the premises, hand rolled and this is a photo Cucina 73 posted on Facebook, just look how perfectly formed they all are.

The dish was fantastic, pretty much my perfect pasta dish, packed with flavour, no skimping on the mushrooms or broccoli, so many Italian restaurants serve inferior tasteless pasta, this was spot on.

One of my neighbours had marinara pizza and this will be my choice next visit, I have posted photos it looked so fabulous, she loved it and she is not even vegan.

Other dishes I have had in the past are their pickled vegetables, farro soup, orecchiette pasta and a potato topped rustica pizza.

I love Cucina 73, the food is fantastic, the welcome always warm and unlike other Italian restaurants, they serve authentic Italian cuisine, like the marinara pizza, which in the UK always has seafood on, when in reality it is simply tomato sauce, garlic and herbs.   I am already looking forward to my next visit.

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