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9.2 based on 115 reviews
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    Very nice meal. We all enjoyed very much. The service was excellent.

    Everything was fantastic yet again. Thank you Cucina.

    As ever, a fine meal. This time, a meal with colleagues, who have been to Cucina before and may have arranged a two-day meeting around the evening meal.

    From the moment I arrived until I left I felt welcomed! Lone dining is not always easy but Cucina made it pleasurable.

    The staff were friendly and attentive. Help was offered to choose dishes and they were spot on.

    Open kitchen is always a winner for me and this was too.

    All in all a fabulous evening, one I hope to be able to repeat before I head home.

    Fantastic meal and service. Rebooked for 2 weeks time for a family meal.

    Another fine meal, as ever!

    Fantastic evening meal.

    Excellent meal as usual, good value and service.

    Fantastic place to go. The sharing starters are brilliant. A hidden gem in Derby.

    Menu limited - good that's how I like it. High quality and wide choice rarely coincide. Here quality was good and the service was both excellent and focused. Would definitely return. Thanks, Cucina

    It was a Birthday celebration for 2 people, but it was a table for six, it was the first time for 5 people but I have been before. The whole party loved the food very good portions & very hot, we will definitely be going back.

    Great tasty food! The lasagna is absolutely delicious, highly recommend!

    A fantastic restaurant, great food, and excellent service! I can’t recommend highly enough.

    4 of us had a most excellent meal, service was outstanding, would thoroughly recommend this restaurant, we will be returning.

    Lovely food, service was awesome and great value for money.

    Fresh, cooked food, with lots of flavour and great staff. Thanks Cucina.

    Great food but there was a mix up which meant it took around an hour to get our first course.

    The Food was very good, and the waiters were friendly, the only thing they fell down on was they were slow at bringing the drinks.

    Wonderful restaurant. Plenty of gluten free meals available.
    Lovely staff and very friendly and happy.
    Chef looked professional and very knowledgeable in the kitchen.
    Loved that you could see the kitchen staff professionally preparing the meal in front of you.
    Waitress and owner were wonderful and friendly.
    Will definitely be back here again!!

    Lovely meal as always

    Our first time here! The food was absolutely amazing. We were made to feel welcome and valued. This is a proper Italian restaurant and we will be returning regularly. The food quality is exceptional, the portion sizes generous and our look forward to our next visit.

    We were celebrating my birthday and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Would recommend this restaurant

    Amazing food as ever, portion sizes are very generous, great friendly service and fantastic value. Can't recommend Cucina highly enough!

    Another excellent meal at the best restaurant in town.

    Had a lovely meal here, our food was delicious and there was a very friendly atmosphere. Thank you!

    We couldn't fault anything. The meal took a while due to big tables before us. But we were informed of this and sat enjoying some wine and olives. It was worth the wait, our pasta dishes had so much flavour and you could tell they were made from fresh ingredients. We ordered a cheese board for dessert which had a good choice of cheese and there was so much we had to take some home. Well Done Cuccina.

    The meal was great but it took forever to come out and takes about an hour for our drinks.

    Lovely pasta dishes and good service.

    Another great meal at our favourite restaurant!

    A lovely family meal at our favourite restaurant!

    An excellent meal in a lovely restaurant. Very friendly helpful staff, great service. A lovely atmosphere here, a real fun night.

    Food was all cooked to order, using great produce. Could not fault it in any way. Service was attentive but not intrusive.
    Possibly my favourite place to eat in derby.

    First time that we've been here. Great food and really friendly service!

    Came in for my mum's birthday meal, fantastic food and service from Cucina. Can't recommend this place highly enough, the service is friendly and attentive without being too much, the food is incredible (the tomato sauce is amazing!), and it's all priced very fairly.

    Another trip to my favourite Italian restaurant and another fine meal. This time, went with guys from work and I'd built up their expectations. No-one was disappointed and I've never seen anyone enjoy a meal as much as my colleague, who ordered the pork chop!

    Another great meal!

    Food was lovely and good value. Staff were very friendly but service was very slow to the extent that even had to go to bar to pay for bill which had been given to me 10+ minutes earlier.

    A small menu, but everything is freshly-prepared, cooked to order and tasty. This was our second visit in about a month, but Alberto remembered us. A bit busier this time, which gave the place a more lively atmosphere. We'll be coming back again!

    Absolutely delicious food, reasonably priced wine. Really enjoyed our booking.

    Four of us went to Cucina last night. We were all very impressed with the attentive service and the excellent standard of the food which was delicious. It was very quiet which we found surprising. I would recommend this authentic Italian restaurant to anyone!

    Fabulous food and atmosphere. I can recommend everything on the menu. The ice-cream is amazing.

    Food great service good. Restaurant not very warm.

    Authentic Italian food which was well cooked and presented. Definitely will be back again.

    We were a table of 6. All of the food was fantastic and cooked to perfection.

    The salmon was cooked to perfection. The free appetisers was a nice touch.. Well done Cucina!

    Our favourite restaurant - recommended

    The staff were very attentive, and the food was amazing. Great portion sizes too. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back.

    Great food and friendly service. Will be back !

    Excellent friendly service and the food was superb- will definitely visit again

    Excellent well cooked Italian food at a great price. The only fault the waiting staff was a little slow to respond to requests.

    Good Italian food - nice to have choices other than pizza. Friendly service.

    Food disappointing on this visit to Cucina, however the service was excellent and my concerns regarding the food were dealt with well by the front of house staff.
    I will still visit again, as I have eaten here many times previously and this is the first and only time the food has been less than perfect.

    Nice food

    Don't think I've ever given full marks to a restaurant before - But Cucina deserve every star.

    The food was spectacular, the service was just the right balance of polite, friendly but not overbearing and although busy, we didn't feel like we were crammed in or sitting on someones lap.

    We are already discussing when to revisit... Thank you Cucina

    Great night out at Cucina. Service warm and friendly. All the four courses were well cooked, presented, and tasted wonderful.

    Still a relatively quiet evening, but very attentive service at Cucina. Manager knows his regulars/returners well and makes people feel very welcome. Food is good, plentiful.

    Have been to this lovely restaurant a number of times and have loved it. Unfortunately this time we had slow service. We were going to stay for a coffee but eventually gave up and asked for the bill. Come on Cucina you are normally better than this.

    A great selection of Italian dishes, we had four different mains and all were excellent and very tasty. The restaurant was very busy but the staff were attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. Highly recommended.

    Our starters could have done with a bit more seasoning, the main course which was the lamb and beef was and tasted superb, overall we had a very enjoyable meal and the staff were very attentive and the prices very affordable.

    Excellent as always. Lovely food, great Sardinian wine and friendly and attentive service from Alberto. Will be back again soon!

    Had a lovey meal at Cucina, the starters were brilliant, lovely mushroom pate with port, nuts and chili garlic king prawns. The lamb shank so tender the meat just fell off the bone. The sea bass perfectly cooked. Service was really friendly and excellent!

    Our 2nd visit and we were greeted once again by a friendly welcome - the service was very efficient without being rushed and the food was again really very tasty.
    Definitely recommend anyone to try - you will go back !

    Amazing food. Had the special of blue cheese steak was worried as we were not given a steak knife, however the steak was beautifully cooked and was easy to slice with the knife provided. Love the fact you can see the food specially prepared.

    My friend and I visited this lovely place on the 1/07/16. Fantastic meal and brilliant service from start to finish. Food and wine, beautiful, salad and vegetable amazing. The chips were cooked to perfection. The lamb was succulent and tasty. The chicken was cooked very well. The whole service was amazing.Even though there was no background music the ambiance was great. Very good value for money, will definitely visit again. Looking forward to tasting the sea bream or sea bass fish on the next visit.

    Good value for money and some very tasty food!

    Food was great and staff were very friendly! Worth a try.

    Came here on the 24/05/2016 for lunch the kind friendly service made feel welcome right from the start and the food was fantastic for all for of us. prices were very reasonable we will definitely be back and will recommend to others.

    The meal was lovely. We had four courses. I had blue cheese marinated steak, medium-rare and cut into strips. It was delicious. Nice to go to an original restaurant and not a chain. Will definitely go again and recommend it to friends.

    Went for a meal with our daughter and boyfriend and it was absolutely excellent! The service was good, friendly and efficient. The staff were quick to apologise if any delay on service and the food was top notch!!! We ordered garlic bread, starters of duck tagliatelle and rabbit gnocchi and mains of shoulder of lamb, beef brisket and sea bream, followed by shared desserts of chocolate brownie and expresso, ice cream and amaretto. Prices were reasonable and we will definitely return. We were made to feel very welcome, food fantastic and service first class. Fantastic!

    Great food at Cucina! Will definitely be back

    Cucina is a lovely place, great staff. Amazing food, real good comfort food, especially the lasagne, was the best ever. Cant wait to visit again and try other meals on the menu!

    Absolutely deserves it's place as No. 3 restaurant in Derby on Tripadvisor. As above, food, service, value, ambience all very, very good. Can't wait to go back.

    Lovely Italian restaurant on Green Lane. The food was fantastic! Makes a nice change to the larger chain Italians Derby has become overrun by. I would definitely recommend!

    Food and service were excellent at Cucina, turn the lights down and play some music and it would of been perfect!

    This was my 3rd time at Cucina and I will definitely go back again. Food is lovely but I never manage a dessert so next time I won't have one of their delicious starters but a dessert instead!

    Amazing atmosphere and perfect service, he remembers us even though we have only been once before months ago, will definitely be retuning in the future :)

    The food was lovely and really good value at Cucina. Service was quite slow though (we waited 30 minutes for our bill).

    Very nice meal as always at Cucina!

    Very nice meal at Cucina and friendly staff!

    Six stars out of five! The last time we were there, I gave Cucina five stars out of five thinking that it couldn't be better... But this time it was! How can they do it? Wonderful food, good prices, great hosting, atmosphere - a piece of Italy brought into the centre of Derby! Can't wait till the next time.

    As visitors to Derby we found this lovely little Italian Restaurant perfect for our needs. We had slow roast shoulder of lamb and lasagne which were both clearly homemade and delicious. The service was pleasant and efficient. We will visit again. Many thanks Cucina.

    The best yet! We have been going to Cucina often over the last two years and did not think that we could have an even better experience... But we did, and now we're looking forward to the next visit!

    Great little venue, with a family team who really spoil you. Despite being off the beaten track (behind Silly Sids), you'll find a great offering that fills the hearts at a fair price.


    Another great meal at Cucina, some really wonderful flavours. Nice personal service, the owner remembered details from past visits. Restaurant was very busy so service a little slower than usual but this did not spoil our experience in any way. We'll be back!

    Great food and service as ever at Cucina. I have marked the restaurant down for ambiance as we were the only people in there on a Friday lunchtime. Not the restaurant's fault and I would urge all Go dine members to give this great little Italian a try.

    The food and service at Cucina were fantastic, looking forward to going again!

    Yet another wonderful meal at Cucina. Keep coming back here as it is great value, great food and great atmosphere! The restaurant was almost full.

    Cucina is a lovely restaurant which serves delicious Italian food with a home-cooked feel. The service is warm and friendly and nothing is too much trouble. We have been twice, once for lunch and again for dinner, and will definitely visit on a regular basis. The lunch menu is simple but tasty, just pasta and sharing deli boards. I had the crab linguine with a hint of chilli and I can't recommend it enough. The dinner menu has more pasta and some typical Italian main courses, no pizza but you can get that anywhere these days. We shared some of the nibbles between three of us while we waited for our pasta mains, some garlic bread, proscuitto and polenta chips with ricotta and pequeno peppers. All very tasty and in my opinion as big as a starter, very good value for money as are all the other dishes on the menu. The restaurant was very quiet early on a Wednesday evening although it did fill up a bit nearer 8pm. I can only assume the out of the way location is to blame as it certainly can't be the food or service, it's in the city centre but up a side street with little footfall. If you like good Italian food in an informal setting I can only urge you to give it a try, you won't be disappointed. The Go dine offer of a free glass of house wine per person was very welcome too.

    Great restaurant serving authentic Italian food. Everything about the experience was good but the food was exceptional.

    The staff were really pleasant and helpful, leaving us enough time between courses to not feel rushed. The food was very tasty and of good quality and the prices are reasonable. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

    Had an excellent lunch with friends.Food freshly cooked and delicious.Would recommend.

    Probably the best evening we've had at Cucina - and that's saying something! Food was excellent, service great, prices competitive and music wonderful. I can recommend Cucina to anyone who appreciates finer things in life!

    Good value for money at Cucina.

    Excellent freshly prepared food and pleasant service. Not for a cosy night out it can be noisy in Cucina, but it's still one of our favourites. Would recommend.

    This was our first visit to Cucina and we had a very pleasurable evening. The staff are really friendly and the atmosphere is very relaxed. We took advantage of Godine's free wine offer which added to the good value. The service was efficient and the food was delicious! We will definitely be returning.

    Cucina is definitely my favourite restaurant in Derby!

    Great food and service at Cucina!

    I celebrated my 8th Wedding anniversary with my husband at CUCINA and we enjoyed our dinner there. Food taste so good and service is excellent. I will highly recommend it to my friends.

    The food excellent as usual at Cucina. Our visitors loved it. Would recommend!

    Excellent authentic Italian food and great service at Cucina in Derby. Recommended!

    Very welcoming, great atmosphere, good food and value. Whilst visiting on a Tuesday night for a family birthday I was very impressed with all of the above and pleasantly surprised how busy it was! Well Done

    Really good food and pleasant service. When busy rather noisy...could benefit from soft furnishings and plants. You can pop in for just a coffee and always made welcome. One of our favourites!

    Very good food and service - good value for money
    I would put some noise reducing panels - when there is a lot of people it is noisy

    Another very good meal at Cucina. Especially the starters - they were excellent.

    As always very good, and on a Friday evening there are more people in the restaurant, so it would be wise to book a table.

    4 of us came here to celebrate a birthday, having read the excellent reviews. We were immediately struck by the terrific hospitality; everyone looked after us so well, attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Nothing was too much trouble. Two of us wanted to share meals (ie two different menu selections, sharing half each). The dishes were served already divided and beautifully presented. The menu was excellent, with plenty of choice without being overwhelming. It's not the poshest of venues but the homely atmosphere made it a very special evening. All 4 of us were well pleased. We expect to return!

    We went to this restaurant in January and again yesterday 19/2. The food was delicious, we had a starter and a main course and coffee afterwards and we really were full. The menu had changed since January, so we had new courses to choose from. And everything on the menu looked delicious, so we will be back to try out something else. Because it was an evening mid-week, there were not many customers, but we heard the owner taking a lot of reservations, and Friday and Saturday seemed to be fully booked. Good advice book in time.

    First impressions were good but then as we were seated realised we had the most unstable table ever, lucky we hadn't ordered any drinks at that point. The overall service was fine and the food I had was lovely, husband was slightly disappointed as he tried something new but then realised he didn't like it, not that it wasn't good food just that it wasn't to his taste.

    We have been to this restaurant several times over the last years and it has always been very good. Yesterday 7/1/15 we went for the first time this year and again the food was delicious, really good value for what you have to pay. That's why I gave 5 stars for food and value. I only gave 3 stars for ambiance, but that is because there were only 3 tables occupied yesterday, we have been there when it is full, and then of course the ambiance is different. Service is also good, especially when you have the owner serving you. This is one of the better restaurants in Derby. I can certainly recommend this one and we will be back.

    We had another delicious meal last night at Cucina, pasta starter one of the best Ive ever tasted. The mains duck, Italian sausage & Lamb shank were very delicious. The wine & prosecco were excellent quality & value. Only 1 slight problem my husband who is Gluten free was still rather hungry after 2 courses as there was no carbohydrate provided with the main meal. Some rice or potato would have been nice instead of bread.

    Wonderful food in a great atmosphere. Had a very nice evening. Would highly recommend.

    Cucina - First class restaurant, delicious food and drinks, great service, not intrusive at all.

    First visit, with friends, prompted by family recommendation. Very good experience. Food quality superb, with a menu which offered a broad choice from a manageable number of options for all courses and prices far from intimidating. Will definitely return - soon!

    Great food and their Montepulciano red wine is amazing value. Staff great particularly main man with the hat!

    We came here a couple of years ago and loved it. We gather it had closed down for while and the sons have taken over, but we still had a fantastic meal and a reasonable price. The service was great and the guy in the hat was very informative. Love the hat!

    Cucina is perfect for anyone who loves Italian food it has a large range of meals all of which are high quality. It’s a family run business and the entire experience makes you feel like your part of that family. Lovely staff who again just add to the experience. Will be making visit to try some new food yet again.

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  • Ranked #2 of 226
  • Avg. main course: £10
  • 0.2 miles from Derby
  • Italian

We say…

Situated on Green Lane in Derby city centre, Cucina restaurant is a haven for lovers of Italian cuisine. Praised by food critics for its flavourful dishes, Cucina has previously been nominated for Best Newcomer at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Festival, as well as being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

This delightful venue is popular with locals and it’s easy to understand why. Good customer service and a comfortable dining room, are reminiscent of a contemporary Italian bistro. It is a family-run restaurant, and you are made to feel right at home from the moment you walk through the door. The entire staff, from those in the front of the house, to the busy kitchen team, invest care and attention into every detail.

Cucina promises carefully selected quality ingredients.  Highlights on the menu include chicken fillet risotto with bacon, juicy pork cooked in Djon mustard and lasagne. There is also an indulgent selection of desserts for those with a sweet tooth – many diners choose to complement their dinner with a tempting tiramisu, or chocolate pudding. Finally, in true Italian-style, you can choose to complete your meal with coffee.

If you want to enjoy a taste of Italy in the heart of Derby it couldn’t be easier! With a relaxed atmosphere and attractive prices, Cucina Restaurant is perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of city life.

Please note the restaurant no longer takes bookings for lunch service.

last updated: 07 Nov 2019
26-28 Green Lane, Derby, DE1 1RP