The hosts at Cafe Cucina are Maria and Alfonso and they are both Italian. There is a link of sorts here, because Alfonso comes from the same town in Italy where my brother-in-law and his fiance live – that is Caserta. Caserta is also well known for its beautiful palace. Derby cannot be said to be anything like Caserta. However, we do have the countryside in the Derbyshire dales and its accompanying stately homes, National Trust buildings and gardens, and the infamous Chatsworth House that is setting for many period movies.
Getting back to Maria and Alfonso and their restaurant Cucina. They are open 10am to 2pm for morning tea and lunch. For dinner they re-open at 6pm. Maria is a fabulous host, very friendly and efficient, and you are guaranteed excellent customer service. Alfonso spends his time in the kitchen, and if you squint you can see him busy in the back. I have had lunch at Cafe Cucina on several occasions now with my friends, and it is one of our favourite places to dine in Derby. The food is not only tasty but also nutritious and fresh, which is very important. Here are a couple of photos I took on my phone during one of my visits.
To end the meal I just had to have the Tiramisu – and that was simply exsquisite!