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The Sweet Italian Escape that is La Cucina in Chennai


When you’re surrounded by teal- furniture and otherwise- you’ve got pretty awnings on the side, doodle-y chalkboard pillars and dreamy cheesecakes set out in front of you, you’d better pinch yourself. Welcome to La Cucina. 

We’ll get down to what this article is about- dreamy, dreamy food. 

La Cucina has got a variety of options. They may have nailed the Italian name but they’ve got something for everyone. A little bit of Thai, a little bit of Italian and some more from the rest of the world. And no matter which part of the world you’re eating from, you’ve no choice but to end with the dream of all dreams, their cheesecakes. 

Chicken Satay at La Cucina

For starters we tried the Chicken Satay and Zucchini Fritters. They Chicken Satay is beautifully spiced and served tenderly char-grilled.

Zuchini Fritters at at La Cucina

You’re in for a treat when it comes to the Zucchini. They’re fried, yes; they’re zucchini, yes; but you haven’t met fritters until you’ve dunked these in their amazing sauce and let the flavours take over. Go on, try for yourself. 

Pepperoni Pizza at La Cucina

For the mains, we tried the Pepperoni Pizza (how could we not!), the Thai Red Curry with Rice and Chicken Gnocchi. We’ll start with the perfect pizza dough. They’ve got it right, this place. Amazing sauce, check. And blissful pepperoni. Not to be a pork snob, but this one’s made of chicken, so you might want to let the pork argument go. 

Thai Red Curry with Chicken and Steamed Rice at La Cucina

Move on to the Thai Red Curry and your taste buds have got no time to shift continents. The flavours change drastically and your left with tangy, lemony red curry bliss.

Chicken Gnocchi at La Cucina

We go on to try the Gnocchi. Now if you haven’t tried Gnocchi before, now’s a fine time. Homemade Gnocchi parcels of potato in a creamy bechamel sauce, served with an almost rustic slice of stiff garlic bread.  

Blueberry cheesecake at La Cucina

Full as we were, you can’t quite spell ‘La Cucina’ without ‘cheesecake’- or something, we ate it, now move on. So what we had was Blueberry Cheesecake, Triple Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake and Nutella Cheesecake. While the Blueberry cheesecake was sweet and creamy, the Nutella was rich; but- the Triple. Chocolate. Brownie. Cheesecake. What were you thinking. Excuse us for not being able to express this better. 

Nutella Cheesecake  at La Cucina

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake  at La Cucina

The End. 

Ps. They’ve got a Godfather Week celebration going on. And someone said something about a free cheesecake, so, um..