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Belated Birthday Dinner :: La Cucina Restaurant

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Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes and lovely words, I’m feeling so much love here in this blogsphere!! Thank you!!! <3<3<3


Alright, let me introduce the final venue of our dinner –  La Cucina, a little Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Guelph. Well, I said that it’s our final venue because Mr. Photographer’s initial plan was to take me to a restaurant in Kitchener. Unfortunately, there was a huge thunderstorm that evening just right before we left the house. The storm was so severe in Kitchener that as we drove closer to the restaurant, all we see was fallen tree branches and electric poles. When we got to that restaurant, it was closed, guess power was out too:( We’re quite disappointed and I was a little upset, so I told him to head back to Guelph and lets just dine at one of the restaurant there. So where do we go now?! Well, we have tried almost every restaurant in Guelph except for La Cucina. I have heard many good things about this place, but never have the chance to try it yet. So, we headed there right away!

DSC_2207We’re nicely greeted by our host/waiter as we arrived. I heard that they have a beautiful patio on the roof top and requested for a seat there. Unfortunately, we’re told that the storm that hit the town earlier destroyed all their table settings, chairs and tablecloths were all soaking wet. Aiks! 😦 Well, he was nice enough to let us have a peak of the roof top patio. Love love love the patio, especially the hanging light bulbs. So pretty and romantic!


Look at the grape vine by the fence, too cute!!!


See those hanging light bulbs?? They have it inside the restaurant as well! It’s quite a cozy little restaurant 🙂

Oh, by the way, that’s the hubby (a.k.a Mr. Photographer)! He’s usually behind the camera, but I was in charge that night. LOL!


I don’t usually drink, but for such a special day, I treat myself to a Cosmopolitan, as recommended by our waiter! Not bad at all, but that’s all for the night. Yeah, that’s my max when it comes to alcohol. Boooo…


Okay, I’m not gonna lie, this is the best bread I/we have ever had before at an Italian restaurant! It’s freshly baked in the oven, and it’s still warm when it reached our table. It’s crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. It was so good that we ordered a second basket! Look at my silly happy face! Hahhaha!


As for their menu, we were told that they change their menu four times per year, once every season, using the freshest ingredients they can get. According to our waiter, they source out their fresh produce from the local farm as they try to promote eat locally or so called the “50 miles diet”. Also, the chefs focus on Slow Food. So don’t go to this restaurant if you’re super hungry, because it takes approximately 30 minutes for each course meal to be served. BUT it’s definitely worth the wait because the food is so delicious! Both Mr. Photographer and I agreed that it’s the best Italian restaurant we have had so far!

DSC_2239Soup of the day – Vegetable Soup with sweet peas, carrots, tomatoes, etc…

DSC_2245TAGLIATELLE ARAGOSTA E GAMBERI (ABRUZZO) – Classic Homemade fettuccine seafood pasta made with Caribbean lobster and tiger shrimp meat in a

whisky rose sauce.

Our FAVOURITE!! Scrumptious homemade pasta with super flavourful sauce!

DSC_2246Special of the day – Caribbean Lobster Tail with Seasonal Roasted Vegetable


Well, that’s all for the dinner. We would love to try their dessert, but we just couldn’t do it anymore. Blame it on the bread! Next time then, we’ll sure be back again and it’s going to be at the roof top patio next time! For you folks who live around here, you have to try out La Cucina if you haven’t so! Cheers!