Like wood fired pizza? “Make” your own pasta and salad? All in the same awesome place? Well, you should visit Cucinova in Cincinnati, Ohio!
This place has it all, and by all the amazing dishes we tried, they’ve mastered making pizza, pasta, and salad to order, right in front of you!
Express Your Culinary Creativity
If anyone knows what you like, it’s you, right? So we let you be the creator of one-of-a-kind pizzas, pasta bowls and fresh salads. We bring the fresh ingredients. You bring the inspiration. Everybody wins!
Here at Cucinova Urban Italian, we believe in an inventive spirit and liberated thinking. We empower individual expression by offering one-of-a-kind Neapolitan pizzas (fired up & ready to eat in 3 minutes), customizable Spaghetti pasta bowls and colorful salad bowls. Made from scratch and your creativity – be free to eat boldly with our fast, fresh and inventive menu. Cucinova celebrates artists and artisans, like YOU! Taste your imagination! What’ll you create today?
We were invited to a media preview night before they officially opened to the starving public. First, we all gathered outside to watch the ribbon cutting ceremony and meet several local chefs that work at Cucinova, as well as some of the company’s officers. It was wonderful how several employees were introduced, you could tell they didn’t know about it ahead of time.
After taking in the surroundings, we got in line and immediately started debating what all we wanted to try. The CEO, J. David Karam, had instructed everyone to try a little of everything, so we did! First you come up to the pizza work station. The options are endless, since every 10″ pizza has over 25 ingredients to choose from, depending on what kind of sauce, cheese, meat and veggies you prefer. It took longer for us to decide on our toppings than the 3 minutes it took to be baked in the oven! And the crust was so soft, with just a little bit of the dark bubbled edges (which would have been delicious all by itself). We finally decided on the red sauce, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon and sausage.
Up next? The place to go if you want your own unique pasta dish. Pick your pasta, sauce, meat and any other toppings! I got the Spaghettini with the Pomodoro sauce and the dark meat Tuscan chicken with Parmesan cheese. You can even mix and match with sauces and toppings to make it just what you want. Yum!
Finally comes the salad station. Just like the pizza and pasta locations, you select your choice of greens, toppings, protein and dressing (can’t have a naked salad their menu says). The variety of toppings range from fresh and chopped to roasted in the oven, plus cheeses and peppers to make it spicy.
We had a wonderful evening, enjoying the delicious food and laid back, contemporary feel to Cucinova. And it really is a great deal; pizza, pasta or salad are only $6.99; and they are made to order! You can order online for pickup, even do a group order by sharing a link! I know we’ll definitely be back for more and we’ll bring our friends to introduce them to this great addition to Cincinnati.
Disclaimer: I was treated to a free meal in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and photos are my own.