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Brace your-elves, our Italian Christmas Menu is here!

The nights are drawing in, the Christmas lights will soon be up and before you know it, the Christmas festivities will be in full swing. We’ve already welcomed the festivities at Cucina Rustica! Our Christmas Menu is live on our website and will be available throughout December. But have you ever wondered what a traditional Christmas is like in Italy? Keep reading to find out!

Celebrate Seafood Week with Fresh Fish Dishes at Cucina Rustica

Seafood Week aims to highlight the variety and quality of fish and shellfish on offer in the UK. Here at Cucina Rustica, we love cooking with fresh fish, sourced locally from Birmingham’s markets. This year, Seafood Week is on 5th- 12th October, and we welcome you to come and celebrate in our stylish Italian Restaurant.

Decadent Desserts at Cucina Rustica to make life sweeter

Renowned for some of the best desserts, Italians know how to make a pudding! In Italy, ‘il dolce’ is not only a sweet way to end a lunch or dinner, it’s also the way many Italians start their day.

Sweet treats and desserts are a part of the history of Italian food. And even for the most disciplined traveller, it is hard to say no to all the delicious temptations that await once in Italy. You will find that every bar, café or patisserie will offer an endless display of cookies, chocolates or some other sweet enticement. Italian desserts range in flavour from slightly bitter to sweet – usually not overwhelmingly sweet, and they are often best served with wine.

Here at Cucina Rustica, located just off the leafy St Pauls Square in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, our Dolci menu offers an array of delicious traditional Italian sweet treats. We obviously love all of them but here are a few of our favourites…

Italian cocktails you’ll love at Cucina Rustica

We serve up great modern Italian food, but we’re all about the cocktails, too! Enjoyed out on our terrace on a sunny day against the beautiful backdrop of St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter, or in our stylish restaurant, you’ll love these fine Italian cocktails at Cucina Rustica.

Al Fresco Dining at Cucina Rustica

There’s no better way to take advantage of great weather than to dine al fresco. To us, Summer is all about enjoying delicious food and drink whilst soaking up the sun in a beautiful location. With one of Birmingham’s prettiest spots as our home, Cucina Rustica is the perfect restaurant for an al fresco lunch or dinner.

Violetta Brandys Art Exhibition – Whisper of the Heart

Have you ever admired the glass painting on the windows at Cucina Rustica? The ones that set a pretty scene and catch the light beautifully through those earthy colours? Or the many paintings decorating the walls of our restaurant? You’ll be impressed to know that they were created by Cucina Rustica’s very own Violetta Brandys. Violetta is our Restaurant Manager, but she’s also a wonderfully talented painter and a Vedic art teacher. From paintings to decor, we’ve been lucky to have Violetta’s artistic eye bring style, creativity and atmosphere to Cucina Rustica over the years. This month, very excitingly, Violetta will be showcasing her amazing work in an art exhibition at Frederick’s Coffee Lounge & Bar, also in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. We highly recommend you visit!


Father’s Day at Cucina Rustica

We know that he always shows appreciation for that Father’s Day card with a vintage sports car on the front. And he thanks you politely when he unwraps yet another pair of socks. But if you want to go the extra mile and take your dad somewhere special this Sunday 17th June, then look no further. Cucina Rustica is the perfect setting for a hearty meal for dad in the picturesque St Paul’s Square in Birmingham.