951 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
As a leader in Southern California’s culinary landscape for the last 19 years, celebrated proprietor, restaurateur and interior designer Tracy Borkum is proud to announce the official opening of CUCINA enoteca, an 8,300-square-foot restaurant and wine shop located at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. A year in the making, the brand new California-inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop opens its doors to the public onAugust 20andis the fourth location of the Urban Kitchen Group’s nationally renowned CUCINA brand (San Diego-2009, Irvine-2011, Del Mar-2013).
Leading a respected and experienced team of award-winning industry professionals at the brand new Orange County location, Borkum once againpresents guests with her trademark combination of innovative cuisine and cutting-edge design. Urban Kitchen Group’s Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli(Lespinasse, Bistrot Lepic, El Bizcocho, Laurel) and Orange County native andChef de Cuisine Brent Omeste(AlessÃ¡, Charlie Palmer) take the lead in the kitchen, putting a fresh, California spin on rustic Italian fare. CUCINA enoteca’s menu turns out inventive iterations of luxurious pastas, antipasti, creative pizzas and plates small and large, along with fresh crudos and Chef’s whim seasonal specials. Wine Director Ed Manetta, a fifteen year wine industry veteran who iscertified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, heads up the venue’s esteemed wine shop. The diverse wine program features more than 250 familiar names and rare, small-batch varietals for guests to purchase at a retail price, either to enjoy with their meal for a minimal corkage fee or to take to go.
Complete with communal seating, a spacious bar area and intimate table settings, the interior design at CUCINA’s Newport Beach location draws inspiration from a bohemian garden, manifesting a light and airy palette with pops of vibrant floral patterns and earthy elements. The space also features anexpansive alfrescopatio with a cozyfireplace-the perfect relaxing atmosphere to enjoyhandcrafted specialty cocktails, hard-to-find Italian artisan beers, or a fine varietal from the wine shop.The new location boasts the CUCINA brand’s sameunique and highly curated “restaurant to retail” environment-if diners are inspired by their surroundings, therestaurantoffersnearly everything in the venue for sale, including the customized furniture, lighting and decor.
Borkum will continue a major brand expansion for the Urban Kitchen Group;over the course of the next decade, she plans to launch additional CUCINA concepts across the nation. In keeping with the company’s philosophy of integrity and superior quality, growth will be deliberate and purposeful in markets that match her ideals.
Additional Details on CUCINA enoteca Newport Beach:
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Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday|11:30am – 10pm
Friday-Saturday|11:30am – 11pm
Daily |3pm- 6pm
$3 Moretti drafts + $5 well cocktails + $5 daily wine selections + $5 sangria