Mina Cucina in Springhouse?
A new restaurant, Mina Cucina, just opened in Springhouse, on Bethlehem Pike where Tratorria Maria used to be. Has anyone been there?
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I have eaten there twice. This is a small family owned restaurant that also serves pizza.
At this point, apparently, they are sparing no expense; the olive oil on the table is green and spicy (in its’ original bottle from Sicily), the antipasto had chunks of aged Parmigiano Reggiano and prosciutto de Parma. The bread was crusty and good. These are areas where most restaurants try to save money and serve the lesser expensive olive oil, cheese and prosciutto. The food is consistently wonderful, well prepared and nicely presented. Each dish has character and the portions are adult size (you can probably split the appetizers). The service is friendly and quite good. This is a byob restaurant which is a plus also.
There were four of us last night and some of the appetizers that we really enjoyed were the asparagus rolled in prociutto with a feather light dusting of fontina and baked until the cheese melted, ricotta stuffed eggplant with marinara sauce and prociutto wrapped figs with a large scoop of ricotta in the center of the plate and a scattered garnish of thick, aged balsamic vinegar.
As a pasta course we had wide pasta, made in-house, with a very tasty, meaty Bolognese sauce.
The entrees were all good. The seafood pescatore was a rich tasting, seafood stock based, sauce with clams, mussels, scallops and shrimp over linguine. I had a real good straightforward veal Milanese served with lemon slices and a small arugula salad. The outside of the cutlet was crisp and the inside was very, very tender. We also enjoyed a moist grilled swordfish steak with fried (or oven crisped) potatoes and a vegetable.
This is a real Italian restaurant and not too Americanized. The food is seriously good and the prices are relatively modest; our tab came to $37.00 per person including tax and tip. The entrees are all under $20.00. You certainly can get away for less by splitting the big appetizers etc or having pizza. The pizza looked real good but I haven’t tried it yet.
620 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Four of us tried Mina Cucina last night for dinner and were very happy we did. The entree and appetizer selection, ambiance, price and attractive food presentation were all very good. We enjoyed the Lobster with Mango and Papaya special - grilled and stuffed lobster tail with fruit and a delicious sauce - enough for two to share. I had the Pappardelle Pasta with Porcini Mushroom Sauce and brought some home to have for lunch today. The guys selected the Bronzini (fish) special that came with shrimp and clams - nicely served on a warmed plate. All of the wait staff were friendly and welcoming and Mina stopped by our table to say hello. Total bill came to $143 for four (not including tip) which included appetizers, entrees and coffee. Have been to many BYOB's over the years and this is definitely in the top 5.
re: curly girl
Love Mina Cucina. The pappardelle is homemade and my favorite thing on the menu. Also love the romanella (sp?) salad and the eggplant rolliniti appetizer (which is big enough for an entree). I think I'm fussy about marinara sauce, and theirs is great. Have been there many times but don't know who Mina is -- or indeed that there was a Mina. Best byob in the area.
We went over for lunch yesterday. It was sad to note we were the only people in the restaurant. No one came in while we were there. We really enjoyed our meals. I had the Italian tuna salad with the grilled vegetables. They had no problem accommodating my request grill additional vegetables without peppers. The other entrees were the filet mignon panini and the lobster ravioli. The one issue we encountered was the lobster ravioli. It was ordered as an appetizer, but was served as an entree. They were quick to make the adjustment on the bill. I am looking forward to returning. If you are an iced tea drinker, theirs is the fountain type, not brewed.