Lovely La CUCINA!

Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM

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The indomitable Travelling Gourmet tastes the cuisine of one of Oxford’s best Italian restaurants

MANY Italian restaurants are to be found in Oxford, the city of mystical dreaming spires and many elite Colleges of  Oxford University. I went to one of the most authentic with my dear friends, Siew Lin & Edmond. The Manager of La Cucina, Melcchiorre, hails from Torino, and amiable Chef Alberto is also a true-blue Italian. The happy atmosphere is very lively and a bit on the raucous side. It reminded me of ristoranti I have visited in Milano. 

In the St. Clement’s district, just before the Magdalen Bridge which leads into the center of Oxford, you’ll savour authentic yummies like Bon-Bon shaped Calzoncelli (a type of ravioli) filled with meat which is delightful with Arugula (rocket leaves), sauteed mushrooms and  seductive perfumed Truffle oil. If you like seafood, try chunky Halibut on buttery new potatoes with Pizzaoia Sauce.

Delightful Dolci (dessert) on offer include ubiquitous Tiramisu and Panna Cotta.On my many gourmet adventures to Italy and also as a Wine Judge in the Concorso Enologico Internazionale, I observed that the natives actually prefer Panna Cotta to Tiramisu. The Rhum Baba laced with Italy’s potent lemon liquer Limoncello, then lovingly topped with creamy Mascarpone is beautiful. I adore the classic Affogato which Melcchiorre served a la table…a coupe of Vanilla Gelato (ice cream) on which he carefully poured Espresso coffee and Frangelico liquer. The combination of the soothing vanilla and expressive slightly bitter Espresso was heavenly on the palate. As they say in Italy: “Good coffee must be like a bella signorina, very strong and keeps you going the whole night…”

Buon appetito e salute! Il Turista Buongustaio {:-)

La Cucina

39 – 40 St Clements 





Tel: 01865 793811

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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