Just Like Mama Used To Make

We’ll never say no to wholesome good Italian cuisine. Cucina Italiana proves to be the island’s most loved and talked about restaurant for dishes that make you feel all warm and gooey inside…

Style and passion. These two words conjure up ideas of Italian food at the outset, do they not? Italian food, in terms of portions, are typically fit for Kings and Queens, so that is a sure-fire way to get us on board! Cucina Italiana, in Bahrain’s bustling Juffair, is your homely, rustic and warm hang-out – be it for work or with family, it’s got a multi-purpose vibe where you can relax and get your work done at the same time in and amongst the wood-panelled set up with the certainty of fine food.

We start off with Insalata Caprese, an absolute firm favourite of buffalo mozzarella, ripe cherry tomato and basil pesto. The cooling bolus of buffalo mozzarella is the best thing since milk; it’s incredible moreish, especially when paired with the tangy pesto and served with liberal quantities of olive oil – we were mind, body and soul in Italy at this point. Next up were four perfectly poised and hunky Arancini balls which were golden fried, rice packed and had oozing mozzarella spilling out with each bite. The slightly spicy tomato dip gave it added character and personality.

For mains we were given a silky Saffron Risotto with delicate pieces of chicken laced in between. This is a dish that you’d get on a cold winter’s day for its stodgy goodness and feelgood warmth. The Linguine Al Cartoccio – all sea life present – saw a medley of prawn bisque, mussels and tiger prawns brought to boil with linguine pasta, sealed with a creative slap of pizza dough which is baked in a traditional wood fire oven. It simply screamed authentic on every level. This bulky but brilliant dish has so many layers of flavours, it’s unending in food satisfaction and just when you think you’ve captured everything you can fork, there’s another surprise. But what really crowned the meal in full was the Quattro Stagioni, a fourpart pizza divided up in fresh herbs, seasoned tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil, olives,sweet basil, mozzarella, chicken, smoked beef and artichoke heart. Every bite was nostalgic and made the experience one to take to heart.

The Italians have long been famed for their Tiramisu for a spot of dolce and ours was faultless. What we loved the most was that it wasn’t overpoweringly sweet nor dry in flavours, it was a perfect way to end our meal. And if that wasn’t enough to get you over to Cucina Italiana, there’s the annual Master Chef competition this month where budding chefs and cooking enthusiasts will come together and have a cook-off for season 4 of the amateur cooking competition. The heats will run from January 15,17,22, 24,29 & 31. To participate and for more details contact: manager@cucinaitaliana.com.bh

For more information or reservations call: 1700 1317



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