This is the secret of The Avenues. We went to Cucina on a whim and were blown away. Although, we made the mistake of ordering side dishes with our main course-- the portions are huge and these photos don't really do them justice. Everything was delicious, the service was lightning fast (although we were there for a late lunch, not peak hours), and we have zero complaints.
The winner of the day was a ham, cheese, and squash pie in a flaky, golden crust. This was to die for, though it was a special and not necessarily always on the menu. When you walk in, there's a counter gleaming with all sorts of beautiful dishes made daily, and these rotate.
(ham, cheese, and squash pie, with caprese salad)
We also had coconut salmon with an orange glaze, which was cooked perfectly, and the orange glaze was not overpowering or too orangey. This was a delicious, huge piece of fish. We were very surprised by the portion size for the price. Can't be beat.
(coconut crusted salmon w/orange glaze with chicken pesto pasta)
Check out this place for yourself. Cucina is located at 1026 E 2nd Ave and their website is www.cucinadeli.com.