Cugini Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 1556 Solano Ave

    Albany, CA 94707

    Map & Directions
  • 510-558-9000

About Cugini Restaurant

Hours
Sun 4pm-9pm, Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm

Food

Food
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Cardboard cutout of a server who brought us warm chardonnay saying they didn't have any chilled, that and it was '07 not '05 as on the wine list for over $30. We ask about specials and were told everything is good, couldn't get a pepper grinder to save our life and felt we begged for some grated cheese to top the entrees. This place used to rock, what happened, change of ownership or what, they need help immediately cause people aren't going to continue to pay $21-$23 for a lunch sized offering. Give me back my Cugini!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Cardboard cutout of a server who brought us warm chardonnay saying they didn't have any chilled, that and it was '07 not '05 as on the wine list for over $30. We ask about specials and were told everything is good, couldn't get a pepper grinder to save our life and felt we begged for some grated cheese to top the entrees. This place used to rock, what happened, change of ownership or what, they need help immediately cause people aren't going to continue to pay $21-$23 for a lunch sized offering. Give me back my Cugini!!!

Pros: food quality

Cons: portion size,service level

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Went here with my family for my mother's birthday and was very impressed with the selection and the quality. This is a very classy restaurant without the sky high prices of other comparable restaurants. I would highly recommend the brick oven pizza and the calzone, both are terrific. A great place to go on a date as well, as it is a very intimate environment

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★★★★★

Went here with my family for my mother's birthday and was very impressed with the selection and the quality. This is a very classy restaurant without the sky high prices of other comparable restaurants. I would highly recommend the brick oven pizza and the calzone, both are terrific. A great place to go on a date as well, as it is a very intimate environment

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This is our local cafe, and we walk here often. When we return from Europe, we come here to recreate the food experiences we have there. We love the salads and the pizza. We enjoy the fresh made Italian bread with a wonderful Basalmic vinegar or olive oil. The menu is varied and there are several daily menu changes to keep things fresh. The portions are good, we usually split a pizza and a salad and have plenty to eat. The fresh made soups are also good, the butternut squash being my favorite.

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★★★★☆

This is our local cafe, and we walk here often. When we return from Europe, we come here to recreate the food experiences we have there. We love the salads and the pizza. We enjoy the fresh made Italian bread with a wonderful Basalmic vinegar or olive oil. The menu is varied and there are several daily menu changes to keep things fresh. The portions are good, we usually split a pizza and a salad and have plenty to eat. The fresh made soups are also good, the butternut squash being my favorite.

Pros: Value for price, good service

Cons: Can be noisy and sometimes a wait for a table.

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I love Italian food and I have to honestly say that eating a lukewarm can of chef boyardee would have made for a better dinner. I got the eggplant parm off of the appetizer menu and it was raw. My husband got a pasta dish with sausage and the sausage was the texture of a rubber ball and the sauce tasted like it came out of a can! I would not ever go back to this place. My 20 month old refused the food as well, and that says alot because pasta is her favorite food!

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★☆☆☆☆

I love Italian food and I have to honestly say that eating a lukewarm can of chef boyardee would have made for a better dinner. I got the eggplant parm off of the appetizer menu and it was raw. My husband got a pasta dish with sausage and the sausage was the texture of a rubber ball and the sauce tasted like it came out of a can! I would not ever go back to this place. My 20 month old refused the food as well, and that says alot because pasta is her favorite food!

Pros: none

Cons: everything about this restaurant

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Cugini is close to where I live so I have eaten here maybe 12 times in the last few years. It's always ok, but I always think it should be a little better for the price. It has so much potential to be a great spot, but it isn't quite. For example, the parmesan is not a high quality parmigiano-reggiano, it's a bit waxy and not too flavorful. The waitstaff has been either competent but clearly overwhelmed, with too many tables to handle well, resulting in mediocre service, or on a recent slow night, really not competent (maybe it was her first night working, but she had no idea what to do). Admittedly, I waited tables for a long time so I have expectations of what a waiter should do. The same money at Trattoria La Siciliana goes further for food quality, but it is way on the other side of town (and the service there is certainly just as mediocre - what's the deal with the gross understaffing?). I'm sure I'll go back because it's pretty good and convenient, and I will keep hoping the quality will improve. With a little improvement it could be a fabulous spot.

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★★★☆☆

Cugini is close to where I live so I have eaten here maybe 12 times in the last few years. It's always ok, but I always think it should be a little better for the price. It has so much potential to be a great spot, but it isn't quite. For example, the parmesan is not a high quality parmigiano-reggiano, it's a bit waxy and not too flavorful. The waitstaff has been either competent but clearly overwhelmed, with too many tables to handle well, resulting in mediocre service, or on a recent slow night, really not competent (maybe it was her first night working, but she had no idea what to do). Admittedly, I waited tables for a long time so I have expectations of what a waiter should do. The same money at Trattoria La Siciliana goes further for food quality, but it is way on the other side of town (and the service there is certainly just as mediocre - what's the deal with the gross understaffing?). I'm sure I'll go back because it's pretty good and convenient, and I will keep hoping the quality will improve. With a little improvement it could be a fabulous spot.

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I've been here twice. The first time was pretty good. The second time we went was Valentine's Day. We waited for about 25 minutes and then the hostess sat us at a larger table for 6. It was fine until they turned the part of the table that we weren't using into another table and sat a family of three there. Weird and kind of obnoxious! My boyfriend requested that we get our own table and we waited another 15 minutes. We orderd the specials that night and the food was just ok, the pizza didn't have much flavor and had too much cheese. I wouldn't go back.

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★★★☆☆

I've been here twice. The first time was pretty good. The second time we went was Valentine's Day. We waited for about 25 minutes and then the hostess sat us at a larger table for 6. It was fine until they turned the part of the table that we weren't using into another table and sat a family of three there. Weird and kind of obnoxious! My boyfriend requested that we get our own table and we waited another 15 minutes. We orderd the specials that night and the food was just ok, the pizza didn't have much flavor and had too much cheese. I wouldn't go back.

 

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