Italian food is no doubt my absolute favorite food to eat. The Olive Garden has been my restaurant of choice for many years. Since moving to the mountains, I was concerned about no Olive Garden!!! However, my fears were over when I was able to visit a fine Italian restaurant, Cucina Rustica, located a little north of Blue Ridge, off 515 in Morganton.
Cucina Rustica met every expectation I had hoped for! Incredible pasta dishes, a great environment, fine wine and a staff full of friendly people! This is a great date night out with your spouse or significant other as well as a place to take the family to enjoy some fabulous italian flair!
John and Isabella Molarari opened Cucina in 2006. This month actually celebrates the fifth year of this mountain Italian icon! Both owners have major Italian and culinary roots. Cucina was definitely born as a restaurant of passion. In fact, Isabella, also known as Bella, says this is “her baby.” Come enjoy many of the awesome recipes of Bella’s childhood. One of my favorite is “tortellini alla nonna…also known as Grandma Style.” Reservations are hightly recommended. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday from 5:45 to 9. Hope you enjoy your pasta dishes or homemade amazing pizza!