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Oct 12, 2006 01:45 AM

Cucina Toscana in Nashua NH

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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".

        1. 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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          1. re: tarbysmom

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

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