My partner thoughtfully booked La Cucina weeks in advance for my birthday meal. Tables are reasonably well spaced but it could get noisy if all are occupied and/or populated by rather vocal American ladies (e.g. last night). Our starters of chicken livers in a cream sauce and wild funghi and borlotti beans in a cream sauce, both with toasted bread, were delicious, the only off-note being the slightly chewy funghi which presumably had been reconstituted. Mr partner's main course of linguine with bacon and peas was generous in size but a bit oily; my spinach and ricotta ravioli with a tomato sauce, mushrooms and asparagus was good but freshly made ravioli would have been better. A Sicilian syrah proved to be a good, and not too heavy, accompaniment for a mid-week meal. The inevitable desserts trolley tempted us both to have tiramisu which was a bit lacking in both coffee and marsala. Overall, La Cucina is a thoroughly authentic Italian restaurant with tasty, well prepared food and efficient and friendly service. The total bill of just under £85 for three courses with a bottle of wine and two glasses of dessert wine is good value for central London. Although we thought the food was 'good' rather than 'very good', but we've rated it 'very good' because of the overall experience.
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