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How Italian Afternoon Tea Became a Thing

The concept of afternoon tea is, to most people, an entirely English affair. It brings to mind images of finger sandwiches, porcelain tea cups, fresh scones and, in more modern terms, modest glasses of Prosecco.

And, of course, no afternoon tea is complete without polite English discourse about the weather, peppered with the gossip of the week.

However, afternoon tea is not an activity enjoyed solely by English ladies. After all, we at Cucina Rustica offer our own Italian Afternoon Tea every day from 12pm to 5pm.

As such, we thought we’d look into how this English tradition came to Italy in the first place.

Tastes of Southern Italy

We’re hosting a food and wine tasting night and we want you to be there! We’ll be serving up a 6-course tasting menu inspired by Southern Italy’s most delightful dishes. Together with the food, you’ll enjoy an informative tutored wine tasting from Phil Innes Of Loki Wine. He’ll be hand selecting wines that match perfectly with the food and guiding you through the reasons why!

Get into Festive Spirits with our Christmas Menu

Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy good food, good wine and good company. Though, there is no better way to enjoy festive fun than Italian style at Cucina Rustica.

If you’re looking for a quiet meal with that someone special, a long overdue catch-up with the family or you’ve been nominated Chief-in-Charge of organising the office party… Make Cucina Rustica your hosts this Christmas and your event will be one to remember!

Fish in Italian Cuisine

As you may already know, fish is a big part of most Mediterranean diets. In Italy, diet is determined by region – with each area cooking with what is locally available to them. Fish is better enjoyed and more popular in certain places, for this reason. Sorrento for example, is a great place to enjoy seafood recipes, where restaurants serve locally-sourced fish, using recipes that date back generations.

Birmingham Heritage Week – The best of The Jewellery Quarter

Enjoy the best of Birmingham and immerse yourself in it’s culture, history and creativity during Birmingham Heritage week this September.

With over 100 events taking place during the week, there’s plenty to keep you busy and a lot to learn about the magnificent city of Birmingham.

We’ve picked out some of the many events that are in or very close to the Jewellery Quarter, our favourite part of the city! If you attend one of our top picks, it’ll also mean you’re close by for a bite to eat from Cucina! Delicious food for an extra boost of energy and optimum enthusiasm never goes amiss!

Summer is in full swing here in St Paul’s Square

There’s always a never-ending buzz that surrounds St Paul’s Square. Bursting with creativity, culture and history the square is a great meeting ground for locals and visitors alike. Surrounded by bars and restaurants that serve incredible foods & drinks all year long, it’s a hot spot among many. But in the summer, it really does come to life! The square is a great place for sunny activities and events, with picturesque views and nearby places to dine.

Father’s Day at Cucina Rustica

Wine and dine your Dad this Father’s Day with a meal at Cucina Rustica. Thank him for all the love and support he’s showed to you over the years with a taste of Modern Italy. You won’t even need to venture a step further than Birmingham’s picturesque Jewellery Quarter!