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PRICE RANGE
£10 - £20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our first experience at this restaurant and I have to say I give it 5* all the way. We arrived for our anniversary meal and was greeted with pleasantries and was first seated by the window but we asked if we could be...seated elsewhere and they were happy to accommodate. The staff were all extremely friendly polite, funny and very polite pleasant. The food was amazing and the ambiance didn’t go a miss neither. I will certainly say we will be visiting there again and recommending to friends. I would like to say a special thank you to Francesco for making our anniversary evening special.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have always wanted to go to this restaurant but in all my years in Leigh never had so excited when we made the reservation Restaurant very inviting lovely atmosphere welcomed by a very experienced waiter Menus came quickly drinks served and order taken only...about 30 covers so not busy Food arrived delicious, portion size small !!! Wanted to order dessert but waiters were just not interested in taking our order so when they eventually came to the table we passed on ordering also we had ordered more drinks which didn’t arrive so we asked the bill and left,so dissapointed on our visitMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely time spent with the family. Food was good, atmosphere was great - company even better. Great little place to go and enjoy Italian food & hospitality .

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Seriously the very best Italian food I have enjoyed outside of Italy. Great service, great food will definitely be returning, what a treat.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I’ve been here before and been given the old waffle about them liking tips in cash but now they actually print on the bill “service charge not included. Gratuities cannot be left on credit or debit cards as 100% of tips are shared between staff”...I eat out a lot at all types of restaurant I’ve literally never ever had a bill like this - with this wording - insisting on cash tips Since covid I just don’t carry cash and I would imagine many people do the same All other restaurants I have been to - without exception- either add a service charge or allow a tip/gratuity to be added to the bill and in both cases the total bill can be paid for by credit or debit card These restaurants all then split the tip/gratuity between the staff by including their share in their wages - which then ensures that tax is paid on the tips/gratuity as the law requires - so this still ensures that “100% of tips are shared between staff” as the bill wishes The tip/gratuity if paid in cash like at this restaurant still needs to be declared to HMRC and I assume the staff/restaurant do this The advantage of allowing the tip/gratuity to be paid by credit or debit card is that this separate disclosure to HMRC is not required as it is dealt with through the businesses payroll system and tax applied accordinglyMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our 5th time at this restaurant now and every trip has been excellent for all our guests. This restaurant has very quickly risen to be our favourite and have already booked up again for a Valentines treat.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

We called in for lunch whilst in Leigh Broadway. This is how Italian restaurants should be. The food was WONDERFUL as was the service. We are not locals but would 100% go back. Stop by if you get the chance you won't be disappointed

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

We regularly visit Cucina and have always enjoyed the friendly welcome, the excellent food and the faultless friendly service. It was my nieces 13th birthday between Christmas and the new year and we wanted to surprise her with an evening out. The food and the...service from the team at Cucina was, as always, awesome. Thank you for her birthday song and making it a special evening that she absolutely loved.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 December 2023 via mobile

Cancelled my table. I was reading the menu outside of the restaurant, then went in at the end of the lunch service to enquire about a potential table for me and my partner that evening. The maitre de looked at me like I was a...monster, and didn’t even answer me when I spoke to him to enquire… a friendly member of staff then took over and booked us in. I felt a little off about attending so decided to look at the reviews where my gut instinct was correct, various commentary regarding the maitre de being extremely rude to customers and judging people on how they look etc. I walked into the restaurant to just book a table, clearly my attire was not correct. But I felt uncomfortable the minute I walked in. Not sure who this man thinks he is… you have a small restaurant in Leigh on sea in Essex…who are you to judge?More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 December 2023

We booked last minute for an early evening meal. The restaurant stated they were busy later in the evening. Greeted warmly, seated next to the doorway which tuned out to be their biggest fault. Our table service was excellent and the food was very nice,...tasty & well cooked. There was one other table in use while we were there, they left by the time our food arrived. 2 more sets of customers arrived during our meal and another group of 6, as we were leaving 1.5hrs later. During this time I witnessed staff, mainly the maître D' decline 2 sets of potential customers and allow 2 sets in. Having been seated by the doorway where the maître D' resides, all conversations were overheard. I wont state their comments. Those declined were wearing their everyday clothes or had a junior aged child with them, those seated were dressed up to nines (not a problem, who doesn't like making an effort to go out) None had made reservations. This does not sit right with me. And for that reason i would not return, nor would i recommend to friends & familyMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 3 December 2023 via mobile

Best Italian in Essex! Arrived a little early, but was welcomed with a strong smile and asked what drink we would like whilst wait for our table. Great atmosphere and good banter with the waiters. The food and service is exceptional. (I cook a lot...at home and love good food 😀) There are Italian restaurants who claim they are best with 5 stars, but please don’t believe all what you read. Have visited a lot of restaurants and have not reviewed as found poor service or quality of food not good. Cucina has restored my faith in eating out. Thank you to all the staff for making our evening a great one. We will be back and be recommending you to many friends and family. Thank you 🙏More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2023 via mobile

Nice welcome from the staff. Drinks arrived quickly whilst we looked through extensive menus. We chose a la carte as it was to celebrate my hubbys birthday. Good choice on fixed price lunch menu tho . We had arancini, burrata to start. Both delicious. Both...had crab crayfish pasta, also delicious. All good portions. Francesco and his team were great. Just the right level of attention and service. Comfortable restaurant and very festive atmosphere at most which was lovely. It’s our favourite Italian restaurant, lucky us having on our doorstep. All Italians staff. Homemade pasta and fresh food seafood. Definitely recommend and return. Thank you guys appreciate your attention to detail.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

Brilliant food and service. Our server was wonderful! I had the carbonara and it was delightful. The wine that we wanted was not in the restaurant so a server walked down to their sister-bar to get it for us. Big shoutout to her!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

I have always loved Cucina but I went the other night with my husband and was really disappointed. First off the food was lovely I had no issues there at all. The maitre de was the issue for us, he barely spoke to us and...when he did there was no smile, nothing to make you feel welcome and yet he was friendly with other tables. We ordered the wine and he just took the menus no acknowledgment and the same when it came to ordering the food. No one asked if our meal was ok for the starter or the main and at the end of the evening even though every other table seemed to have been given a limoncello we was not offered a drink at all. We gave him the money for the bill and although we didn't want the change he didn't even come back with it and didn't say thank you. Also there were two wine stands that sitting next to our table and were constantly being moved back and fourth to different tables. This sounds like we might have been a nightmare and that's why he didn't talk to us but we was not we was just out for a nice meal and kept ourselves to ourselves. I unfortunately will no longer returnMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023

First visit to Cucina’s with friends for lunch and definitely go again. Francesco recommended the daily special monk fish and it was amazing as was all the food. Nice atmosphere, low background music was perfect.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Cucina is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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