Saturday, July 17, 2010


PICTURED (top to bottom): Restaurant Sign, Restaurant, Mamma Mia Appetizer, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Parmesan, Penne Funghi E Salsicce, Spumoni.

Cucina Alessa is our favorite Italian Restaurant. They have two locations, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. We like the NB location because the parking is easier. The service here is always excellent, and the entire staff very friendly and accommodating. The menu features authentic Italian recipes and everything is always perfectly prepared. The food is delicious, the sauces are divine, the portions are very large and everything is very reasonably priced.

We started off with an appetizer, and decided to share the Mamma Mia-3 meatballs in ragu topped with Burrata Cheese and served with focaccetta bread. It is so good and we never get tired of it. Mamma Mia is the Best!

Sweetie Pie ordered her favorite dish- The Chicken Marsala (with a side of pasta substituted for the spinach and potatoes). Her mother also ordered her favorite dish- The Chicken Parmesan with penne al pomodoro. I am quite fond of the Lasagna Napoletana (with mini-meatballs), but decided to try something new today-the Penne Funghi E Salsicce (penne pasta with Italian Sausage and mushrooms in a porcini and arugula cream sauce). They have the best Italian Sausage, but it's the delicious cream sauce that really makes this dish stand out. I think it's my new "fave"! We were all very full, but decided to split one dessert 3 ways. We ordered the Spumoni- four flavors of gelato with a raspberry glaze and a chocolate drizzle. Very refreshing, and tasted even better than it looks!

Today's Cucina Alessa lunch gets three thumbs up from the 3 Tubby Tummys!

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