Culver City, CA 90232
Rob Stark AR Cucina
- Dinner, Tue.-Thu., 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 5-9 p.m.; happy hour, Tue.-Sun., 4-7 p.m.; brunch, Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
- Vegetarian Friendly, Local Ingredients
- Dinner, Brunch
If you're looking for a restaurant with a nostalgic flavor, you'll find it in the heart of downtown Culver City, across from the historic Culver Hotel. Akasha Richmond's Italian restaurant AR Cucina is a flourishing favorite. A self-taught chef and former yoga instructor, Richmond's inspiration comes from one of her favorite regions in Italy, Emilia-Romagna. And many of the products on the menu are from her recent trip to Italy, including special imported cheeses and balsamic vinegar. She also has brought in the talents of chef de cuisine and pasta perfectionist Chris Keyser. AR Cucina has special menus for occasions such as Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve and Passover. The pizza oven cranks out one of the city's best Parma versions with mozzarella, fontina, wild arugula and prosciutto di Parma. Also recommended are the fennel pork sausage pizza with tomato, mozzarella, shaved fennel and fennel pollen. Keyser's signature pasta dishes include his lasagna verde made with spinach pasta, short rib ragu, fonduta and Parmesan. AR Cucina has a diverse and great selection of salumi and formaggi boards, and there is plenty of Lambrusco to cleanse the palate. If you have time, take an after-dinner stroll across the street for some (free) live jazz seven nights a week in the Culver Hotel lobby. —Michele Stueven
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