By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Dinner at Cucina Rustica
Previously, I was invited to a wine-matching dinner at Cucina Rustica and I remember being fed soo much food that I could hardly walk home. This time I was invited to dinner for two and share my experience with you, dear reader.
We arrived a few minutes ahead of the booking time and were immediately seated in a booth, in the window, this doesn’t actually look out onto the street, there’s the pavement and then an Cucina Rustica’s outdoor seating area, which I’m guessing has been pretty busy this summer.
This is a family run business and the main staff appear to have been there for some time. There’s a couple of new staff as you’d expect when the Summer turns to Autumn. My plus one and I have been looking at the menu on and off for at least a week, there’s a few summer specials, but my plus one has pretty much decided what he’s having. I narrow the starters down to a few choices and then take suggestions from our waitress for my mains.
We both order a pint of cider each and pretend the summer hasn’t actually ended. While we wait for our starters, we are given Bread, Olives and Oil. The bread is fresh and easy to tear. I want more, but I’ve got a starter and main to come.
Our starters appear, my plus one has ordered Antipasto Misto, which is parma ham, salame, mortadella, rocket, grissini, grana padano, olives. My plus one liked the presentation of dish, along with the light flavours complementing each other. I finally settled on a Caprino Con Pera, which is “grilled goat cheese, bread croûton, spiced pear & honey glaze.” I’m guessing you should eat a fork of pear with cheese together but I really adore cheese, so I had each flavour separately. The pear was great!
After our starters were cleared, a large group appeared in the restaurant and were swiftly seated, and I did worry our mains might take longer to appear with this big group arrival, but our mains were delivered soon after.
My plus one had ordered Pollo Della Casa, this is chicken breast, asparagus, cream & mushrooms. He said the chicken was amazingly tasty and perfectly cooked. The waitress had suggested a Pappadelle Bolognese, which is slow cooked beef ragu, tomato sauce, home made onsite the sauce is lovely. A great choice!
Normally I’d stick at two courses but for a blogger invite I want to sample a pudding too, My plus one ordered Pera Cotta al Barolo, this is poached pear in Barolo wine served with Amaretto ice-cream. I ordered the Sorbetti, which figured was a choice of three sorbets but was actually a sample of three sorbets, (lemon, apple, blackcurrant). LOVELY!
We had to take photos pretty quickly as the the ice cream and sorbet was pretty delicate.
We were in and out of the restaurant within two hours, we weren’t rushed and took our time. I’d go back for two courses as the service and food was lovely.
Find out more about Cucina Rustica and book a table here: cucinarustica.co.uk
This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited to Cucina Rustica by their PR, we didn’t pay for food or drink and did leave a tip.