Baked Haddock from La Cucina Italiana Restaurant and Deli on Hamilton Street in Worcester, MA

I was excited to come to La Cucina because I am a huge fan of Italian food. As we entered the restaurant we were greeted warmly. The smell of baking bread and Italian sauce wafted in the air. The inside of the restaurant is decorated shabby chic with old black and white photos decorating most of the walls, which created a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Our waitresses were very personable. They quickly put fresh bread and olive oil on our table. The bread was delicious. Once the basket was empty another arrived filled with hot bread. They also had a blackboard of nightly specials. I finally decided on the Baked Haddock special and a Caesar side salad. My plate arrived with a large piece of haddock pan seared and coated with breadcrumbs, which gave it a delightful crunch. The fish was well seasoned. The Caesar side salad was large with freshly made croutons, large shavings of Parmasean cheese, and a lemon-flavored dressing. Simply perfect!

I was quite full by the end of the night so I did not order any dessert, however, someone at my table ordered the Mascapone Blueberry Cheesecake. I had never tried it before and was skeptical about the thick layer of lemon on the top but it matched the blueberry cheesecake perfectly. I will definitely order this the next time I come to eat here.

Our servers were warm and friendly, and seemed really excited to have us. We were promptly given warm bread with oil and waters. When any of these items were low, they brought refills. They did an excellent job keeping up with us by taking our dishes and delivering our food in a timely fashion. They did a wonderful job. Quick service with a smile!

We would definitely return. Between the excellent service and delicious food (with specials changing daily), this restaurant will surly be a hit!