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My wife and I went to La Cucina in Oakville La Cucina last night. andrewf is the sommelier there.

It has a great atmosphere, patio with approx 10 tables, the front of the restaurant is all floor to ceiling windows which makes the tables at the front of the restaurant the best of both worlds, inside but with the light and the breeze of the patio.

The important stuff ... food. Amazing! We had potatoe and leak soup, followed by a single thin crust pizza which was excellent, olives, gorgonzola, spicy salami (forget the name), it was great! I had the crispy duck as the main course (the last one too, thanks Andrew!!) which was unreal. My wife had a seafood risotto in a tomatoe cream sauce. This was Andrews recommendation and it was fanatastic. I'm not a big risotto fan but this was a great dish, not too creamy/paste like which I've found in other restaurants. It was filled with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari - excellent presentation as the mussels/clams were full shell.

My wife is not a big wine drinker so 375mls is what I was looking for. I went with a 02 Shafer Merlot. My first Shafer and it was great. It was decanted for about 1 - 1.5hrs, lots of fruit and chocolate on the nose, full bodied with a long finish, a bit of heat on the finish. I believe this is 14.9%.

Andrew finished the night off with a Bolla Recioto. Not as sweet or thick as others I've had but very good, lots of sweet cherry on the nose, medium sweet, full bodied. My wife loved this! Thank you Andrew, finally something she enjoys. Looks like I'll be buying some Recioto in the near future.

For those in the GTA and especially the west end, La Cucina is a must. Oakville_Al, you need to check this out!!

Thank you to andrewf who made this a very enjoyable evening for my wife and I.
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Visited La Cucina again last week for my wife's Bday. andrewf was fantastic as usual and the food & service was excellent.

I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the GTA or those visiting Toronto. Get in contact with andrewf on these boards and you are guaranteed a fantastic evening.

Thanks again to andrewf and all the staff at La Cucina.

We ate at La Cucina Thursday evening and had a wonderful meal. It poured on our way back from Niagara-on-the-lake, so it had cooled down considerably and was comfortable.

Andrew had reserved us a table near the doors to the patio and the breeze was just right. We were visiting Toronto and he had said that he would be glad to have me bring a bottle of CA PN to the restaurant. I am glad I took him up on his offer.

He decanted the 2004 Dain American Beauty Amber Ridge PN and while we were waiting for it to open we decided to order something in a white. I left it to him and he brought a 2004(?) Domaine Masson-Blondelet Pouilly-Fumé. A lovely wine, crisp and light, perfect with the Funghi pizza we split as our appetizer. (we had read about the funghi risotto and thought it looked wonderful) For our entrees, Jake had the filet mignon, perfectly cooked rare. Andrew had them bring a side of the funghi risotto with it. I had the duck two ways, a perfectly grilled breast with wild blueberry compot and a wonderful leg with a citrus sauce. Again, the funghi risotto was on the side. Karen had the linguini with scallops. It was heavenly. The Dain went perfectly with the steak and duck (Karen had to make do with it for the scallops). A huge PN, lots of spice and red fruits, absolutely wonderful.

For dessert Jake had the creme broule and I had the wild berry tarte. Karen, of course, snitched from both. Coffee for me, capiccino for Karen and espresso for Jake ended the meal, or so I thought. Then andrew brought out a wonderful dessert wine for us, a 2002 )I think) Roberto Anselmi I Capitelli Veneto IGT. What a way to end the meal.

I highly recommend that anyone who lives in or visits the Toronto area go to La Cucina for dinner, it is absolutely wonderful.

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