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La Cucina Centro Restaurant Review
By ilovelimerick correspondent Cian Reinhardt
An upbeat vibe in a contemporary setting, with a mixture of soft lighting and neon bulbs, La Cucina Centro is the hot spot for casual dining with food that packs a punch. Ilovelimerick.com made its way to the restaurant to see what La Cucina Centro dining was all about.
Entering the restaurant you are greeted by a cake display that will have your mouth watering whether you are staying for a meal or grabbing your coffee on the go, offering mini tarts, cakes and even a limited edition lemon drizzle cake which I am told needs to be tried before it’s gone, so a trip back will happen sooner than later.
The menu consists of traditional Italian cuisine; antipasto, pasta, pizzas and some delicious desserts. While we were looking at the menu, I noticed a Carbonara and decided to see if this was authentic dining. Even though I ordered the Funghi e Salsiccia I asked if the carbonara had cream, I was happy to hear that although it is usually made with cream when requested you can have your carbonara the traditional way without cream, a mixture of egg yolk and cheese coating the spaghetti.
Our waitress for the evening was Dominique, the staff were very friendly and Dominique was happy to tell us about the food on the menu and knew the dishes well, confident enough to make some recommendations which I took with the Funghi e Salsiccia. For starters, we ordered the antipasto and arancini.
The dishes arrived a beautifully presented selection of Italian cheese and meat served with a tomato bruschetta and olives. This antipasto is for lovers of strong tastes, the mixture of sheep’s cheese and meat with a bed of crisp rocket and balsamic dressing, the flavours and textures complimented each other making this a nice option for people to share.
The second starter was the arancini; a selection of three breaded rice balls, a crispy outside with a creamy filling that melts in the mouth. Three different flavours; bolognese, bascaiola and saffron; a nice way to taste what the kitchen has to offer, and my favourite of the two starters.
With our meal we ordered two glasses of red wine; we wanted something sweet and not too overpowering, the barman made a recommendation and it was delicious. It was the Scaia red wine, the taste was subtle but every sip was packed full of flavour, it was the perfect accompaniment to our meal.
Our main courses arrived, Frutti Di Mare, after our waitress described this dish we knew it was for us as seafood lovers. A combination of octopus, mussels, shellfish and other delicious seafood, this spaghetti served in a tomato sauce really hit the spot and if seafood is your thing, it really is worth a trip to the restaurant to try it.
The Funghi E Salsiccia came served with a tagliatelle; a beautiful creamy mushroom sauce with small chunks of Italian sausage scattered throughout. This dish went down a treat, I would recommend hanging onto some bread from your antipasto to finish up the last of the sauce. You will want to eat every last bit of the dish.
The presentation of each dish shows the pride the kitchen has in their food. Each dish came out well presented, neatly arranged and it was hard for me to take a picture of the food because I just wanted to tuck in from the aesthetics and beautiful aromas.
For dessert, we were recommended the Tiramisu and the Berrymisu. Both arrived in what look like tumbler glasses, you can see the beautiful layers of sponge base, fruits and the creamy topping. Although feeling quite stuffed from the hearty portions, it is hard to say no when the desserts look amazing and sounded so delicious as our waitress described. The Berrymisu is definitely one for people with a sweet-tooth, but remember there are berries in it, so the fruit evens it out, right?
We had some delicious coffee after our meal, which we were told is supplied by Coffee Culture. I had the espresso myself, it had a nice kick to it with some fruity undertones. I have also been told by a friend that La Cucina Centro makes one of the best mochas in Limerick; so I will have to go back to try one of these!
Eating at La Cucina Centro you can expect to spend anything between 20 to 35 Euros per person for your evening meal. There is also a lunch menu where you can look to spend about 12 Euros for a delicious dish, they also offer a breakfast for those of you looking for an early bite. This restaurant is perfect for business meetings, the start of a night with friends or just that romantic night for you and your partner. If you would like to go to La Cucina Centro I would recommend phoning ahead to make a reservation because for the Wednesday night we were there a good amount of the tables were occupied – that is always a good sign for good food. Delizioso!!
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