Four years ago, I first wrote about Cucina Alessa (please excuse the rough photography). I loved all the food and yet somehow I never went back. When my mom was brainstorming ideas for her birthday dinner, we agreed that it was high time we returned to Cucina Alessa and I’m so glad we did. So consider this dinner at Cuinca Alessa part deux.
When I dined at Cucina Alessa the first time, I wasn’t following a gluten-free diet so my entrée choices revolved around pizza and pasta. Since I am more on a gluten-free/paleo diet now my food choices have definitely changed and I’m happy to report that Cucina Alessa has plenty of gluten-free options if you want them.
For our appetizer course we decided to go with the calamari (the Englishman’s personal fave) and the fresh burrata.
Burrata is one of my favorite cheeses in life, and this one did not disappoint. It was all the creamy perfection you would expect and more. The calamari was also a big hit among the table and it was devoured in minutes.
For my main course, I ordered the grilled salmon with broccoli and a side of roasted rosemary potatoes. Since I am currently obsessed with all the salmon, I was excited to try this dish.
The salmon was grilled perfectly and came with a lemon garlic sauce that wasn’t too heavy or overpowering with the dish. If you are looking for a non-pasta option at Cucina Alessa, definitely go for this (and get some potatoes on the side).
The Englishman went with the gnocchi which he greatly enjoyed and would recommend to any gnocchi lovers out there.
My mom got a shrimp pasta in a lobster sauce – I only tasted the shrimp but the sauce on it was fantastic.
My dad went with the chicken Parmesan, which is one of the best classic dishes on the menu. Chicken, pasta, cheese; what’s not to love?
And because we were celebrating a birthday, some gelato was required at the end of the evening.
I’m thinking it won’t be four years before I return to Cucina Alessa again.