La Cucina Piccola

4.8
102 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
La Cucina Piccola is an Italian restaurant in Roseland, NJ. We offer classic cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients daily. Join us for dinner and you'll feel welcomed and well taken care of.
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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Was really looking forward to eating here with friends. The space is small and subsequently understaffed. There is no manager. No one who comes to check on the table to see how things are going. One senior waitress, one junior and one bus boy on a Saturday night. Salads were tasteless but read very well on the specials menu. Two of our entree's were very good. One was not-not the first time or the second time. I always want to see a small restaurant succeed. Not sure if this place will.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always great, priced right, and the service is super. The chef’s wife, Tricia serves tables and is wonderful. I left my “doggy bag” behind, and despite having a full house, she called me and put in their fridge so I could pick it up the next day!

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q
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined with 2 other couples, both arriving at different times. Both commented how clean the dining room was. Trisha and Alan are hard workers dedicated to pleasing their diners. Food was outstanding. Six meals and appetizers served on time & efficiently.

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FG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great!

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R
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You won't find a better, friendlier, full of great food Italian bistro! This is a must go to spot. Have been many, many times and have NEVER been disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Second time and great again

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t
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food produced by a hard working Husband and wife team.

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PB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service!! Must try!!

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend, great food and great service . Been there a number of times, never disappointed.

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KL
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely little neighborhood Italian restaurant. Pasta dishes and a number of fish choices as well. Definitely a go to place.

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AL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A lovely neighborhood spot. The food was quite good,,The double cut pork chop came out perfect and was juicy , Added a side of crisp potatoes and it was heaven. The others in my party all had different dishes and were pleased.
The ambiance is pleasant and surely better than most neighborhood spots and with easy parking .

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DS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious salads (burrata appetizer was so gooood). Calamari was actually fluffy! Main courses were lasagna (again, light and delicious), peas/mushroom raviolis (great taste and sauce), and salmon. Desserts of cheesecake and lava cake were also very good. Service was timely and friendly and unrushed.

Only critique--bread was not that great and dipping oil needed to be refilled. Warmer bread and more or self-serve olive oil w salt/pepper would be nice.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My three friends and myself went to celebrate one of my friends birthday. We got there by 5:30pm and we were welcomed immediately. We had the Early Bird Special for a fixed price of $19.99. We ordered the Flounder Francaise with artichokes, mashed potatoes, fresh string beans and carrots in a delicious white wine and lemon sauce. It was delicious! Very Tasty! My other friend had them prepare her Chicken Parmigiana and she said it was the best she had ever had! Our compliments to the chef! Dessert was also great! We had one scoop of sorbet and one of gelato. It was the perfect ending to a perfect meal.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I cannot think of any other place I would rather go to where the food is fresh and great, the service and owners are the best. As soon as you go in you know this is the right place to eat and prices are very affordable. Try it I guarantee you will not regret it

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BV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere, quality in food and the service wonderful: respectful and kind💕.

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to Cucina Piccola quite a few times and the food and service has always been excellent. The food is consistently a cut above traditional Italian restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been going to LCP since Trisha and Alan opened...they never disappoint! One of our favorite restaurants in the area and that includes those in Montclair. Great for date night or with a group of friends. Bring a nice bottle(s) of wine, relax, and enjoy great food and hospitality!

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R
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great farm to table Italian food! Great Hostess and staff.

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JG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

All four of us were new to this restaurant and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the warm, cozy ambiance, the exceptional service by (co-owner) Trisha and the excellent food. Portion sizes were appreciated - neither too big or small. The occasion was a special birthday, for which a dessert was presented with a candle and a song. If I didn't live several states away, this would be a restaurant I would return to frequently.

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t
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Not as good as in the past, but still good

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DK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great local BYOB, great specials, small and quaint reasonable prices.

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I
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was our first time there, the food was very good especially the appetizers that we ordered. Service was a little slow but very pleasant staff

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SB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was excellent. Will definitely return!

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R
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Must go to restaurant! Food is delicious. Menu is flexible with several great specials made with fresh local ingredients. Trisha and Alan, what a great team! (And the rest of the staff also!)

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w
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and terrific owners that really care. Patricia is the best.

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JM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good Italian food. Small, intimate atmosphere. I appreciate that they don't rush you through your meal. AND they have a parking lot!

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was fresh and delicious; and the service was good. Would definitely go back again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is wonderful!

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t
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great local place

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F
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La Cucina is excellent. Don’t be fooled by its location in a small strip mall. The food is terrific with fresh ingredients and inventive preparation. Service is friendly and competent but never intrusive. There are always specials, but the menu has enough variety to suit a range of tastes. Highly recommended.

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J
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best restaurant finds are often tucked away in small "strip malls" mostly hidden from view.
La Cucina Piccola in such a place. A family owned place, it can only be described as amazing. The chef/owner uncommonly prepared, common Italian dishes. Our fourth visit (with friends) was just as wonderful as the first three. Our server, Trisha, the wife of the owner, is extremely pleasant, professional and knowledgeable. I won't describe individual dishes but the menu is filled with, what only described as amazing tasting, beautifully prepared dishes. The place is beautifully decorated, spotless and cozy, no doubt Trisha is responsible for this. For a special occasion or just a quick weekday meal it is just a wonderful place to dine. Very reasonable prices and a BYO adds to the pleasure of dining there. it's a 40 minute drive from my home but well worth the drive.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have never been disappointed in the dining experience at this restaurant. We return again.

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This visit was on Valentine’s Day and our first time there. They had a prefixed menu with lots of choices for Appetizers and main courses. The staff were friendly and the food was delicious. We definitely go back again

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t
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food at a reasonable price

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F
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Not a fancy location (in a small strip mall), but this restaurant surprises. The food is always excellent with carefully prepared fresh ingredients in sometimes unusual combinations. It’s a small place, so the noise level depends on who is sitting at adjoining tables, but it’s almost always the kind of atmosphere in which you can hold conversations without raising your voice—which unfortunately isn’t the case in many restaurants. The service is charming, attentive and efficient. We go there a lot and the menu is always varied. Highly recommended.

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DL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Two great meals of Chicken Satltinbocca and Salmon in a Dijon Mustard Sauce.

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DK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Been here a few time, really nice BYOB place. Small relaxed restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Never disappointed when I dine there. Will always go back.

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t
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thank you Trish

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