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Apr 3, 2010 07:13 PM

Finally tried Mina Cucina in Springhouse

Loved, loved, loved it! Very quaint little BYO in an unassuming shopping center, friendly service. As a little extra they put delicous fried spagetti on the table (crunch, salty, peppery). My husband and I started with the antipasta platter, in included some of the best homemade roasted peppers I've had in a while, marinated portabello mushroom, grilled zuccini, really high quality sharp cheese and proscuitto. They have a number of house made pastas on the menu (hooray!), and since home made pasta is my weakness I had the tagiatelle bolognese. Its a simple dish, but it was done perfectly, the sauce was so meaty with a slight creaminess to it, the pasta was perfectly cooked. My husband had a chicken with a spinach and gorgonzola sauce which was good (though really heavy on the spinach), the portion was so big the plate was as big as a serving tray! It was served with garlic-y green beans which were so good. We ended with a lemon ricotta cheesecake, it was so good, my husband and I were going to share but I did not let him get one bite in! We got there early, we had a little one in tow so wanted to be done before prime dinner hours, it started to get really full as we were leaving, word of mouth must have really spread about this place, there seemed to be alot of regulars. Thats why I love chowhound, I would never have thought to try this place and I had a bad experience with them before (wrong hours posted on their website) so I almost gave up on them, but I heard such good things about this place I thought I'd give it a try, I'm so glad I did.

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  1. Yes, Mina Cucina has become a favorite of ours. I love the pappardelle and get it every time I go. I guess I should try something new, but it's really good. My husband recently tried the chicken cacciatore and said it was delicious. The caesar salad (I think they call it roman-something) is great too. Grilled romaine, sharp cheese, roasted peppers. As someone mentioned in an earlier post, the olive oil is high quality. Makes it hard to pass on the bread. On a weekend at least, you need to get there by 6pm. The place gets mobbed after that.

    1. Where is this restaurant? Is this the "Mina" from "Taste of Italy"?

      1. How are the prices at Mina Cucina? Where in Springhouse is it?

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        1. re: MontcoPeep

          Yes it is Mina from Taste of Italy. It is right near Taste of Italy on Bethlehem Pike. It is in a small shopping center across the street-ish from the Drafting Room. Prices are very reasonable, entress seem to be mostly below $20. My husband and I each had dinner and split an app and dessert for less than $50.

          Taste of Italy
          5172 US Highway 9, Howell, NJ 07731

          1. re: AmblerGirl

            AmblerGirl, by chance is it in the same shopping center as Vic Sushi? Thanks!

            1. re: Hellolaura

              No. It is across from the Wawa on Beth Pike.

        2. Tried Mina Cucina last night - loved it - Pappardelle Pasta with Porcini Mushroom Sauce and Lobster Appy with Mango and Papaya. Wonderful place - great staff - attractive food presentation and reasonable prices. Took a bottle of Limoncello along to enjoy after dinner and talked our waiter into joining us - great finish to a terrific meal.

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          1. re: curly girl

            How much was the bill and how many people?

            1. re: Den

              Our bill for four - all of us had appetizers and entrees and two had coffee after dinner - came to $143 before tip. I thought this was very good value. Also, our appys included Lobster Bisque and Stuffed Lobster Tail. I brought home half of my entree for lunch the next day as the portions are ample. If you go, I have heard great reviews for the Pappardelle Bolognese and plan to order that the next time we visit, which will be in the next few weeks. If you go, would love to read your review.

              1. re: curly girl

                Definitely try the pappradelle! We went there for dinner tonight and it was so good. I shared with my 10 month old and she could not get enough of it, I have never seen her so excited about food. Hooray, I am raising a little chowhound!

                1. re: AmblerGirl

                  That's funny - a friend and I almost went to Mina's last night, but she chose From The Boot instead. Had a great meal there, but would have been funny if I ran into you at Mina's. Glad you enjoyed the Pappardelle.

                  1. re: curly girl

                    I don't like From the Boot as much as Mina's. Both are good but I think Mina Cucina is better (although FTB is cheaper). For instance, I went to FTB last night and got a favorite of mine from Mina, eggplant rollantini. FTB's version wasn't nearly as good. I still like FTB (and their very friendly service). Just think the food at Mina Cucina is better.

                    1. re: JanR

                      Hi, Jan - I agree - loved Mina Cucina and have been recommending it to all my friends and acquaintances. We went to FTB as that's where my friend chose for her birthday celebration. Next time we have a girl's night out, it will definitely be at Mina's.

                      1. re: curly girl

                        Is Mina working at only Mina's and her husband staying back at A Taste of Italy?

          2. Ate at Mina Cucina last night. Shared the calamari app which was good but a small portion (compared to FTB). Entrees were Chicken Toscana, Lobster Ravoli and Farfalle alla Rustica. We each liked our own choices and we all liked the tastes from each other's plates. Took a nice bottle of Chianti and had a great time. Will definitely be going back for more!!

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            1. re: bucksguy14

              I took my daughter to lunch yesterday at FTB. We ordered the calamari. While the portion was generous, the calamari was too tough to eat.

              1. re: crazyspice

                Wow! Have never had that experience at FTB, and I'll bet I've had their calamari about 50+ times. The only complaint I've ever had was/is they don't give me enough lemon slices.

                1. re: bucksguy14

                  It was the first time we have had their calamari. Based on your comment, we will try it again. I really love everything else we have had there.

                  1. re: bucksguy14

                    I agree with bucksguy on the calamari--we've had it many times and think it's wonderful! I love that and their chicken marsala. Have never tried anything else on the menu because I'm stuck on those two dishes, but my husband's tried lots of different dishes and is always happy.

                2. re: bucksguy14

                  Had another terrific meal at Mina Cucina last night. Two of us had the pappardelle with bolognese sauce (a favorite), another had the veal special. All enjoyed. The chef had tried his hand at a red velvet cake for the first time and I ordered it. Delicious!