La Cucina Flegrea Italian

★★★☆☆
  • 2114 Murray Ave

    Pittsburgh, PA 15217

    Map & Directions
  • 412-521-2082

About La Cucina Flegrea Italian

Hours
Monday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM

Food

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Last night at La Cucina Flegrea was amazing. I usually never go out to eat Italian food in this town because I always end u disappointed! NOT THIS TIME!.
First it was very busy so it would probably be best if you called in a couple

3
★★★★★

Last night at La Cucina Flegrea was amazing. I usually never go out to eat Italian food in this town because I always end u disappointed! NOT THIS TIME!.
First it was very busy so it would probably be best if you called in a couple

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On the recommendation of a friends we tried this restaurant last week. It was one of the worst food experiences I can remember in some time.

When we entered there were only two other people eating so we expected good service. There was

3
★★★★★

On the recommendation of a friends we tried this restaurant last week. It was one of the worst food experiences I can remember in some time.

When we entered there were only two other people eating so we expected good service. There was

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We have visited quite a few restaurants in Pittsburgh over time and especially enjoy a select few. To let you compare our tastes to yours, we list a few. For ethnic restaurants that serve food just like we have relished in the country they represent, we enjoy Max's Allegheny Tavern for German food, the Mediterranean Grill for eastern Mediterranean, Ka Mei for Hong Kong/Chinese, and Paris 66 as a French bistro. For countries we have not visited, we have based our opinions by comparing restaurants here and elsewhere serving the same cuisine and really enjoy visiting Abay for Ethiopian food, and the Lemongrass and the Balcony for Thai food. And finally, for restaurants that are excellent but not pure ethnic, we enjoy Legume Bistro, Point Brugge, the Cafe at the Frick (for lunch), Bona Terra and Monterey Bay. Anna's La Cucina Flegrea is absolutely our favorite for southern Italian food. To us, it is like being in Italy. We have eaten there repeatedly since it opened over a decade ago. The sauces are always made from fresh ingredients, and you can watch them cooking the food to order in the open kitchen as you enter. They can and will alter dishes to cater to food allergies. This restaurant has deservedly won the top county award for cleanliness. However, do not go there if you want pizza, cannelloni, and parmigiana. They are not on the menu. As you can imagine then, the earlier reviews we see for this restaurant bother us. Note none are recent. About three or so years ago, the restaurant suffered from having some really surly wait staff. We gave up going there regularly until these staff disappeared. But they did leave, the current staff are very enjoyable, and we are back to our favorite Italian restaurant.

2
★★★★★

We have visited quite a few restaurants in Pittsburgh over time and especially enjoy a select few. To let you compare our tastes to yours, we list a few. For ethnic restaurants that serve food just like we have relished in the country they represent, we enjoy Max's Allegheny Tavern for German food, the Mediterranean Grill for eastern Mediterranean, Ka Mei for Hong Kong/Chinese, and Paris 66 as a French bistro. For countries we have not visited, we have based our opinions by comparing restaurants here and elsewhere serving the same cuisine and really enjoy visiting Abay for Ethiopian food, and the Lemongrass and the Balcony for Thai food. And finally, for restaurants that are excellent but not pure ethnic, we enjoy Legume Bistro, Point Brugge, the Cafe at the Frick (for lunch), Bona Terra and Monterey Bay. Anna's La Cucina Flegrea is absolutely our favorite for southern Italian food. To us, it is like being in Italy. We have eaten there repeatedly since it opened over a decade ago. The sauces are always made from fresh ingredients, and you can watch them cooking the food to order in the open kitchen as you enter. They can and will alter dishes to cater to food allergies. This restaurant has deservedly won the top county award for cleanliness. However, do not go there if you want pizza, cannelloni, and parmigiana. They are not on the menu. As you can imagine then, the earlier reviews we see for this restaurant bother us. Note none are recent. About three or so years ago, the restaurant suffered from having some really surly wait staff. We gave up going there regularly until these staff disappeared. But they did leave, the current staff are very enjoyable, and we are back to our favorite Italian restaurant.

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Disappointed in the special. The service was adequate and the atmosphere very pleasant. Three in our party of four ordered the special entre duck. The duck breast (two) were a bit overcooked, dry and chewy. The price of the special entre duck was $34.95.

1
★★☆☆☆

Disappointed in the special. The service was adequate and the atmosphere very pleasant. Three in our party of four ordered the special entre duck. The duck breast (two) were a bit overcooked, dry and chewy. The price of the special entre duck was $34.95.

Pros: Nice atmopshere.

Cons: Very expensive for the quality of the food.

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By reading the low rating a lot of customers gave La Cucina Flegrea it confirms what I always think: people just don't get it. One review said "go to the Olive Garden". Anyone who prefers the Olive Garden to this restaurant doesn't understand the food. People who want food like the Olive Garden want huge portions over- seasoned with garlic, all-you-can eat salad, etc. It's a shame so many people can't distinguish good food from a lot of food. Also, so many cheap people have discovered that at chain restaurants or big chain stores if they say something wasn't just the way they want it they can have a free meal - that's really pathetic! The atmosphere is supposed to be homey, like you are in their kitchen, hence pouring your own water. To all the people who tear down this restaurant I say, good, go to the Olive Garden so I can get a table more quickly at La Cucina; obviously you don't know good food when it is in front of your face.

2
★★★★★

By reading the low rating a lot of customers gave La Cucina Flegrea it confirms what I always think: people just don't get it. One review said "go to the Olive Garden". Anyone who prefers the Olive Garden to this restaurant doesn't understand the food. People who want food like the Olive Garden want huge portions over- seasoned with garlic, all-you-can eat salad, etc. It's a shame so many people can't distinguish good food from a lot of food. Also, so many cheap people have discovered that at chain restaurants or big chain stores if they say something wasn't just the way they want it they can have a free meal - that's really pathetic! The atmosphere is supposed to be homey, like you are in their kitchen, hence pouring your own water. To all the people who tear down this restaurant I say, good, go to the Olive Garden so I can get a table more quickly at La Cucina; obviously you don't know good food when it is in front of your face.

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This place is truley one of the best italian restraunts i have ever been to. The quality and savering taste of the wonderfuly prepared food makes your mouth water!. I have no idea why others have rated this restraunt so low but i found the food the service and the atnostphere to be exquisit! No complaints i really enjoyed the fealing the restruant gave off, "like eating on a fishermans dock" the smells from the kitchen were so good it made u want to try everything on the menu. For someone who lived in italy for much of my life i really felt like this was true italian cuisine and it took me back to italy. I rate this very high and will be eating there more often! Dont waste your tie at olive garden, the priceses may be much lower but you will find the quality of food no where els in pittsburgh!!

2
★★★★★

This place is truley one of the best italian restraunts i have ever been to. The quality and savering taste of the wonderfuly prepared food makes your mouth water!. I have no idea why others have rated this restraunt so low but i found the food the service and the atnostphere to be exquisit! No complaints i really enjoyed the fealing the restruant gave off, "like eating on a fishermans dock" the smells from the kitchen were so good it made u want to try everything on the menu. For someone who lived in italy for much of my life i really felt like this was true italian cuisine and it took me back to italy. I rate this very high and will be eating there more often! Dont waste your tie at olive garden, the priceses may be much lower but you will find the quality of food no where els in pittsburgh!!

Pros: Food, People,feel,smell

Cons: if any ide say the extierier doesnt do it justess

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I went in with an open mind and hungry tummy. I had the mushroom ravioli and it was heavy and nothing to rave about. My friends and I each ordered something different, and agreed that it wasn't anything special.... Especially for the price we were paying.

The worst part about this experience was the service. For such a very very small place, one would think that you would be treated like you were in someone's home. The wait staff was flippant. talked too quickly. slow to serve/refill waters, seemed to disappear a lot, as we waited for 20 minutes after ordering our dessert to get ONE dessert onto the table.

Interestingly enough, the owner came out and asked a local celebrity how his food was, was there anything he could do for him, etc. and breezed by the rest of us.

I will not recommend this place, nor visit it again.

Unfortunate.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went in with an open mind and hungry tummy. I had the mushroom ravioli and it was heavy and nothing to rave about. My friends and I each ordered something different, and agreed that it wasn't anything special.... Especially for the price we were paying.

The worst part about this experience was the service. For such a very very small place, one would think that you would be treated like you were in someone's home. The wait staff was flippant. talked too quickly. slow to serve/refill waters, seemed to disappear a lot, as we waited for 20 minutes after ordering our dessert to get ONE dessert onto the table.

Interestingly enough, the owner came out and asked a local celebrity how his food was, was there anything he could do for him, etc. and breezed by the rest of us.

I will not recommend this place, nor visit it again.

Unfortunate.

Cons: Service

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AFTER being told by the wait staff (the owner didn't have the guts to come over) that my gristly, tough, ossobucco was how it should be, and too bad; we were presented with the $30 pricetag for this ill prepared entree. No apology, no price reduction, just a pleasant "I can't do anything for you" by our waitress. We have gone to what used to be our favorite neighborhood restaurant for the last time. It's strange, that even when the waitress recognized us as repeat customers when we came in, this did not register when a polite complaint went back to the kitchen. The short sighted, arrogant management has seen the last of our business. Too bad for them. With this kind of approach to customer relations, I advise others to stay away.

0
★☆☆☆☆

AFTER being told by the wait staff (the owner didn't have the guts to come over) that my gristly, tough, ossobucco was how it should be, and too bad; we were presented with the $30 pricetag for this ill prepared entree. No apology, no price reduction, just a pleasant "I can't do anything for you" by our waitress. We have gone to what used to be our favorite neighborhood restaurant for the last time. It's strange, that even when the waitress recognized us as repeat customers when we came in, this did not register when a polite complaint went back to the kitchen. The short sighted, arrogant management has seen the last of our business. Too bad for them. With this kind of approach to customer relations, I advise others to stay away.

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After doing hours of extensive restaurant research, I was looking forward to trying a new restaurant. Well I could have picked any other restaurant and it would have been better than this place. This place consistently received high reviews for Northern Italian Cuisine. Let me list the things wrong with this place.

Service: Inexperience waiter (we had to pour our own water 2 times... when he told us the special of the day i will quote "we have this cod from greece.... i'm real excited about it" (in a monotone droning voice). We also had to direct him as to what to do next... like "This is the part where you ask if we need our plates taken... or now is when you should bring our entrees..."

Bread: disgusting, rubbery, seems like it hung out back all day. (shouldn't a high quality italian rest. that charges this much have edible bread?... maybe my standards are too high).

Food: Bland food for 30 bucks a plate? I would think that garlic and a little salt are rather inexpensive and they could maybe incorporate some into the cooking? Again my high standards fog my vision...

I've wasted enough time ranting about this place... In summary, don't go unless you want to throw away good money for bland unimpressive food that makes cardboard taste delicious. If that is the case... you can contact me... and I will cook up some cardboard (w/ garlic).

0
★☆☆☆☆

After doing hours of extensive restaurant research, I was looking forward to trying a new restaurant. Well I could have picked any other restaurant and it would have been better than this place. This place consistently received high reviews for Northern Italian Cuisine. Let me list the things wrong with this place.

Service: Inexperience waiter (we had to pour our own water 2 times... when he told us the special of the day i will quote "we have this cod from greece.... i'm real excited about it" (in a monotone droning voice). We also had to direct him as to what to do next... like "This is the part where you ask if we need our plates taken... or now is when you should bring our entrees..."

Bread: disgusting, rubbery, seems like it hung out back all day. (shouldn't a high quality italian rest. that charges this much have edible bread?... maybe my standards are too high).

Food: Bland food for 30 bucks a plate? I would think that garlic and a little salt are rather inexpensive and they could maybe incorporate some into the cooking? Again my high standards fog my vision...

I've wasted enough time ranting about this place... In summary, don't go unless you want to throw away good money for bland unimpressive food that makes cardboard taste delicious. If that is the case... you can contact me... and I will cook up some cardboard (w/ garlic).

Pros: None

Cons: Everything about the place

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They had horrible customer service. Extremely rude and inconsiderate of their guests. I am appauled of the way they treat their guests and I would never reccomend this restaurant to anyone, I would rather starve than go to this dump.

0
★☆☆☆☆

They had horrible customer service. Extremely rude and inconsiderate of their guests. I am appauled of the way they treat their guests and I would never reccomend this restaurant to anyone, I would rather starve than go to this dump.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Horrible customer service, don't attend to guests.

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This restaurant has been highlighted in the New York Times, but I found the experience quite disappointing. The small tables proved quite troublesome for a multi-course meal, and I found the salad and appetizers to be tasteless. The saving grace was the entree, which validated the wonderful smell emanating from the kitchen, which one passes by upon entering the restaurant. Given the price of the meal, there are plenty of superior Italian restaurants in Pittsburgh.

1
★★★☆☆

This restaurant has been highlighted in the New York Times, but I found the experience quite disappointing. The small tables proved quite troublesome for a multi-course meal, and I found the salad and appetizers to be tasteless. The saving grace was the entree, which validated the wonderful smell emanating from the kitchen, which one passes by upon entering the restaurant. Given the price of the meal, there are plenty of superior Italian restaurants in Pittsburgh.

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So, I ate here for the first time earlier tonight, and the service and food were both subpar. I dropped 40+ bucks for a decent bowl of pasta and an entree I could have gotten at the Olive Garden. Don't waste your time or money.

0
★☆☆☆☆

So, I ate here for the first time earlier tonight, and the service and food were both subpar. I dropped 40+ bucks for a decent bowl of pasta and an entree I could have gotten at the Olive Garden. Don't waste your time or money.

Cons: poor service, poor food

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There are three types of Italian restaurants in Pgh...

1. Grandmas Italian - straight forward, good, and cheap. Nothing fancy but they don't try to be. I like those.
2. Fake Noveau - they try to be something they are not...prices are high, food is "different, and they usually fail miserably.
3. Grandma's Noveau - unique dishes like prosciutta paired with raddichio in a light, silky cream sauce that binds delicious flavors in a wonderful way.

Cucina is #3. Wonderful, unassuming, and unique. Delicious food, charming service (not technically great but technically great can be so boring). Yes, its tiny but again, that is a part of its charm. My wife and I love this place but expect great food, portions that don't leave you bloated and, adequate service in a quaint little space.

2
★★★★★

There are three types of Italian restaurants in Pgh...

1. Grandmas Italian - straight forward, good, and cheap. Nothing fancy but they don't try to be. I like those.
2. Fake Noveau - they try to be something they are not...prices are high, food is "different, and they usually fail miserably.
3. Grandma's Noveau - unique dishes like prosciutta paired with raddichio in a light, silky cream sauce that binds delicious flavors in a wonderful way.

Cucina is #3. Wonderful, unassuming, and unique. Delicious food, charming service (not technically great but technically great can be so boring). Yes, its tiny but again, that is a part of its charm. My wife and I love this place but expect great food, portions that don't leave you bloated and, adequate service in a quaint little space.

Pros: Unique, Charming

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The food here is all right, but the prices are astronomical. The food is not nearly good enough to justify $20+ per entree (with an optional side of pasta for another $8.50). The seafood antipasta is a highlight.

1
★★★☆☆

The food here is all right, but the prices are astronomical. The food is not nearly good enough to justify $20+ per entree (with an optional side of pasta for another $8.50). The seafood antipasta is a highlight.

Cons: high prices, average food

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I had eaten on Murray Ave many times, and missed this restaurant. They have wonderful food, although it can get a little pricey. We love to go there on special occasions!!

2
★★★★★

I had eaten on Murray Ave many times, and missed this restaurant. They have wonderful food, although it can get a little pricey. We love to go there on special occasions!!

 

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