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Cucina Toscana in Nashua NH

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snl1129 Oct 12, 2006 01:45 AM

Went for dinner here last week. Food is the exact menu as Picola Italia in Manchester NH. Owner was a waiter there and the chef was there too. So same menu, just under different names. Still excellent food. Would go back. Only dissatisfaction was with the service. The owner waited on us and was excellent, but very slow. We were one of three couples in the place at 5:00 pm and got poor service. There must have been four girls just standing around chatting and socializing and he had to keep cracking the whip to get them to do anything. But food was good. Couldn't imaging going when it's too busy at prime time. Would wait hours!!

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    hummingbird Oct 12, 2006 05:30 AM

    Haven't made the trip back to Piccola in quite some time. I really like Cucina, but I do miss a few items they don't do that you can get at Piccola.

    The "singing" waiter from Piccola was there for a while, but the last time I saw him was on a busy Saturday night quite a few months ago, and the last time I was there after 6:00pm.

    We mostly go early Saturday or Sunday and have had no problems with service. Usually the owner, one waitress and one helper are on hand. Sometime friends come in, and the owner will spend a bit of time chatting with them, but we usually have the waitress.

    I do enjoy their food. I used to go to Pizzaco, but I'm liking Cucina much better for my palate.

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      rizzo0904 Jan 2, 2007 08:57 PM

      My hubby and I love Cucina. The food is great and we have always had wonderful service.

      The singing waiter no longer works there...I miss him!!

      1. whs Jan 3, 2007 02:01 AM

        Stopped by mid-December and had an excellent eggplant parmigiana. The shrimp scampi appetizer was very good. Service was attentive and the owner always makes a fuss over his guests if you say "buona sera signore".

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          tarbysmom Feb 3, 2007 06:31 PM

          I don't miss the singing waiter - he never met my eyes. Quite unlike Davide who is as sociable as they come, and an excellent host/waiter. We have never had bad service there, and we have been going there at least twice a month since they opened. I went to Pizzico a couple weeks ago with the girls and it stunk. I had chicken and broccoli and I couldnt even get 1/4 of it down. Smelled funny and didn't taste good. Wasn't spoiled, just wasn't tasty. I had been there years ago with my husband who lived in Italy 7 years. We didn't care much for it then, and now will never go back. Cucina Toscana rules.

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            SuperGrover Feb 4, 2007 09:55 AM

            Pizzico's pizza is very good though. The other stuff is just meh.

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            tarbysmom Feb 3, 2007 06:33 PM

            So - is everyone who likes Cucina Toscana (and Italian food in general) called a "ciaohound" ???

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              gorgo Feb 4, 2007 10:31 AM

              Love Italian food, but not impressed with Cucina Toscana. Not sure why, maybe it's the atmosphere - cold and bright - feels like you're dining in a store, not a restaurant. The food is OK, not great. Menu similar to the Colisseum and Piccola and I'd rather drive a bit and dine at either of these. But, I have to say, there's not much choice for decent Italian in the area.

              1. whs Feb 17, 2007 02:13 PM

                We had an outstanding caesar salad prepared table-side last night, and entrees were delicious. The problem: the place got slammed and I guess one of the waiters didn't show up. Service was so slow that a table of regulars got up to help out, bussing tables and pouring water! Which was charming in a way, but it took close to three hours to get through dinner. Next time we'll go mid-week.

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                  whs Feb 11, 2008 09:00 PM

                  Revisited Cucina Toscana on Friday night--it was surprisingly quiet at 8:30, not complaining! Delicious app special of garlicky escargots served on grilled bread--which became a vehicle for sopping up melted butter. Veal Saltimbocca was terrific. SO had a special of three medallions of various fishes--salmon, tuna and halibut--cooked perfectly. Our server Michael was very attentive. When we asked for a glass of white wine, he brought out tastings of a couple of different wines so we could select the best match to our entrees. Altogether, a pleasant evening.

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                  Rasna May 2, 2011 08:29 PM

                  Looking over the menus I see no Tuscan dishes. I don't doubt that the food is good but the menu reflects the most southern red sauce dishes. I think they should change the name of the restaurant to reflect more truly the cuisines they have in mind. Tuscan may be all the rage but it doesn't include 98% of their menu.

                  Rasna (a Florentine)

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