Restaurant Review: Cucina Urbana

Jesseca Saavedra ‘17, Section Editor

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What:  Cucina Urbana

Where:  505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101

Time:  Open from 11:30AM- 10PM

Phone:  (619) 239-2222


Photo by: urbankitchengroup


Cucina Urbana has a friendly, warm environment and fresh, home cooked food – the perfect recipe for any Italian restaurant. This is the place to go for all food lovers and families who wish to eat delicious food in a beautiful, vibrant setting.

The dining experience begins with appetizers which range from squash blossoms, to avocado salad, and burrata caprese, to the famous polenta board. One of the more popular appetizers are the mussels which are cooked in a creamy sauce. The whole dish tastes so fresh. Entrees range from the sea bass, to pizzas, and to several of the freshly made pasta dishes. Recommended would be the pear and gorgonzola pizza with caramelized onions, pecans, arugula, and balsamic reduction. There are also a variety of desserts to choose from, which include nutella ricotta zeppole, lemon semifreddo, chocolate peanut butter bar, and caramel budino rose. Although a tough choice, the caramel budino rose is a definite winner.

Cucina Urbana is one of San Diego’s best Italian restaurants. Due to Cucina Urbana’s increasing popularity, it makes it difficult to get a table if one does not make reservations ahead of time. The good crowd, modern decor, fresh Italian food, and helpful service ensure its customers leave satisfied after each visit, and keep coming back.