We went out to dinner at La Cucina for the first time since they moved into their smaller space. In fact, this is the first time I have eaten there in years. We have always had a fondness for Buona Fortuna on the other side of town and didn’t want to cheat on them.
I’ll still like to run down Frederick Street to our old favorite, but would definitely come back to La Cucina. A few words of warning though.
The place is small. Real small. They had a group of students eating out before Hanover’s Homecoming there, so that chewed up some space. As we left, they were seating a group of 12 (the students had left). I’d say all told, there are less than 50 seats available.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. We walked in about 10 after 6 and were seated by 6:30 so they move people along pretty quickly. The staff was really hustling. They could have a few more seating options as you wait for your table, but it wasn’t the end of the world.
However, we did wait a little while longer than I anticipated for our food. The first visit from the waitress, drinks and then salad/soup all came pretty quickly, but we sat for a while before dinner came. We only had one minor modification to our order that could have delayed it, but since they were so busy, I’ll give them a pass.
All that said, the food was fantastic, the service top notch, and I love the look into the open kitchen. We didn’t BYOB, but a bunch of people did. Like I said, I can’t remember the last time I went to the old location, but this smaller one makes for a cozy, enjoyable atmosphere with really good food.