Cucina Paradiso

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After a June 2007 fire, Cucina Paradiso has reopened with a polished new look. Brothers and co-owners Anthony and Nick Gambino rebuilt their Italian restaurant with a cleaner, more urban look. The stained concrete floors and a glowing light installation covering the ceiling are new, while the signature church pews from the original restaurant were actually recovered, sanded down and refinished. As before, the Gambinos continue to hand write their changing menu on a weekly basis (but you can still find an updated version on their website for carryout), offering their updated takes on Italian classics such as veal saltimbocca and braciole made with pork tenderloin and rolled with spinach, red pepper and fontina cheese served with bechamel sauce. Returning regulars will notice two updates to the menu: smaller-sized pasta portions in addition to their enormous full sizes, and a super-reasonably priced small plates menu with eats such as zucchini fritters and pistachio-crusted chicken skewers.