Dinner at La Cucina this weekend was a joy, as always. The restaurant, located on St Clements, is always packed, and last night was no exception. We were surrounded on both sides by tables of Italians, which I always take as an endorsement of the authenticity of the food. But even though the restaurant was completely full, the service was excellent and surprisingly quick!

We started with the fried calamari. A good sized portion of rings (no tentacles – yay!) was presented alongside a lemon wedge and pot of garlic mayo. The calamari batter was flaky and light on the outside, and tender on the inside – perfectly cooked.

Fried Calamari at La Cucina Restaurant

Fried Calamari at La Cucina Restaurant

To follow, hubs and I both had pizza – he got the Pizza Saporita (mozzarella, tomato, capers, black olives, red onion, anchovies – £7.95) and I got the Pizza al Funghi (mozzarella, tomato, mushrooms, garlic, parsley £7.50).  The pizzas are large and come with very generous toppings. Neither hubs or I could manage to finish. We probably could have shared one pizza happily.

Pizza al Funghi at La Cucina

Pizza al Funghi at La Cucina

They have an excellent wine menu, with no less than 6 reds and whites available by the glass.

La Cucina is consistently good. I’ve eaten there a number of times and have always enjoyed it. It’s a nice atmosphere, especially with the open kitchen.

For more information about La Cucina, visit OxfordCityGuide.com