AR Cucina

Modern Italian

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Overview

AR Cucina serves a changing menu of rustic Italian cuisine in a chic space (with covered patio) in Culver City. The food is unprentious yet well throught out -- highlights include seasonal antipasti, eggplant parmesan, herb-roasted porchetta or duck ragu pappardelle. The bar nods to Italy with its selection of bitter spirits, a robust Negroni list and house cocktails like the Sophia Loren (bourbon, maraschino, rose, lemon, pomegranate) and Italian-only wine list. Photo credit: Rob Stark photography

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Menu for AR Cucina

Lunch

Antipasti

  • Olives Cunzati Siciliana market style mixed olives, celery, carrot, oregano
    $6.00
  • Chicken Meatballs nonna giovanna's tomato sauce, pecorino cheese, ciabatta
    $10.00
  • Fritto Misto rice flour dusted squid, laughing bird shrimp, red onion, lipstick peppers, fennel, tuscan chile salt
    $12.00
  • Burrata Mozzarella tomato-almond pesto, cherry tomatoes, ciabatta
    $12.00
  • Zuppa Di Giorno soup of the day
    Cup $4.00
    Bowl $7.00

Pane Di Casa

  • Bianca olive oil, rosemary, sea salt
    $4.00
  • Pomodoro tomatoes, olive oil sicilian oregano
    $6.00
    With 'nduja Sausage $8.00
  • Cacio E Pepe pecorino romano black pepper, olive oil
    $6.00

Insalate / Salad

  • Mista market salad with local lettuces, carrots, radish, cucumber, balsamic dressing
    $8.00
  • Chopped romaine, radicchio, tomatoes, chickpeas, celery, castelvetrano olives, sardinian sheep cheese, salami, red wine-oregano dressing
    $11.00
  • Caesar romaine hearts, croutons, parmigiano-reggiano, lemon-anchovy dressing
    $10.00
  • Tricolore arugula, radicchio, escarole, parmigiano-reggiano pistachio-pesto & lemon dressing
    $11.00
  • Persimmon escarole, arugula, almond "ricotta", dried cherries, hazelnuts, pomegranate, golden balsamic dressing
    $11.00

Panino

  • Mercato Caprese buffalo mozzarella, tomato-almond pesto, roasted beets, grilled red onion, arugula
    $11.50
  • Americano prosciutto, salami, mortadella, provolone, pickled fennel, red onion, house giardinara & calabrian chile spread, lettuce, oregano dressing
    $14.00
  • Kirk's Porchetta sage, rosemary, & fennel roasted niman ranch pork shoulder, grilled red onion
    $12.50
  • Eggplant Parmigiana oven roasted eggplant, nonna giovanna's tomato sauce, basil, parmigiano-reggiano
    $11.50
  • Funghi & Broccolini trapizzino style (roman street food), roasted signora mushrooms, (hen of the woods), broccolini, olive oil, provolone,
    $11.00
  • Pollo Parmigiana oven baked chicken "parm", tomato sauce, basil, provolone, parmigiano-reggiano
    $12.50

Pasta & Bowls

  • Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe black pepper, butter & pecorino romano
    $12.00
  • Strozzapreti pesto genovese, broccolini, basil, olive oil & pine nuts, parmigiano-reggiano
    $11.00
  • Bucatini All'amatriciana la quercia guanciale, tomato, pecorino ($1 for every pasta sold goes to the amatrice earthquake relief fund)
    $14.00
  • Trota lemon grilled trout, lentils & braised greens, olive oil
    $18.00
  • Farro squash puree, chickpeas, grilled & roasted vegetables, confit chiles
    $11.00

Dinner

Antipasti

  • Fritto Misto rice flour dusted squid, laughing bird shrimp, red onion, peppers, fennel, tuscan chile & tomato sauce
    $12.00
  • Olives Siciliana castelvetrano & gaeta olives, celery, carrots, olive oil, oregano
    $6.00
  • Zuppa Di Giorno soup of the day
    $7.00
  • Salumi prosciutto san daniele creminelli mortadella olympia provisions orange & pistachio salami, house giardiniera pickled romanesco zucchini pane pomodoro e 'nduja
    $16.00
  • Formaggi cheeses from guidi marcello saffron pecorino, sheep tuscan frescoverde, sheep venetian ash rind tartufo, cow quince paste, red onion jam, mixed nuts & ciabatta
    $14.00
  • Burrata Mozzarella tomato-almond pesto, cherry tomatoes, ciabatta
    $12.00
  • Polipo grilled octopus, chickpea puree, escarole, grilled lemon, confit chile, capezzana olio nuovo, tuscano
    $18.00
  • Chicken Meatballs nonna giovanna's tomato sauce, pecorino cheese, ciabatta
    $10.00

Pane Di Casa

  • Bianca olive oil, rosemary, sea salt
    $4.00
  • Pomodoro tomatoes, olive oil sicilian oregano
    $6.00
    With 'nduja Sausage $8.00
  • Cacio E Pepe pecorino romano black pepper, olive oil
    $6.00

Insalate / Salad

  • Mista market salad with local lettuces, carrots, radish, cucumber, balsamic dressing
    $9.00
  • Chopped romaine, radicchio, tomatoes, chickpeas, celery, castelvetrano olives, sardinian sheep cheese, salami, red wine-oregano dressing
    $11.00
  • Tricolore white anchovies, arugula, radicchio, parmigiano-reggiano pistachio-pesto & lemon dressing
    $13.00
  • Persimmon escarole, arugula, almond "ricotta", dried cherries, hazelnuts, pomegranate, golden balsamic dressing
    $12.00

Primi / To Continue or Share

  • Bucatini All'amatriciana la quercia guanciale, tomato, pecorino ($1 for every pasta sold goes to the amatrice earthquake relief fund)
    $14.00
  • Lasagna Verde spinach pasta, short rib & mushroom ragú, fonduta, parmigiano-reggiano
    $18.00
  • Pappardelle braised duck ragú bianco, pecorino romano
    $16.00
  • Orecchiette fennel pork sausage, braised escarole, ricotta salata
    $13.00
  • Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe black pepper, butter, pecorino romano
    $12.00
  • Tortelli similar to ravioli, a stuffed pasta filled with swiss chard & ricotta, butter sauce & grana padano
    $14.00
  • Strozzapreti Con Funghi signorina, porcini & cremini mushroom sugo, maria grammatico's tomato strattu, grana padano
    $15.00
  • Spaghetti Siciliana local ahi tuna, fresno chile, lemon zest, parsley, olive oil, colotura, breadcrumbs
    $17.00
  • Risotto Alla Zucca butternut squash, parmigiano-reggiano, balsamico di modena
    $13.00

Secondi

  • Trota Siciliana grilled trout, capers, golden raisins, gaeta olives, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts
    $24.00
  • Kirk's Porchetta herb roasted pork shoulder, dario's herb salt, fennel pollen, red onion jam, dandelion
    $24.00
  • Chicken Al Forno oven-roasted mary's chicken, cranberry mostarda sweet potato & braised greens
    $23.00
  • Gamberi Alla Griglia grilled jumbo prawns, swiss chard, lemon, herb breadcrumbs, titone olio nuovo, sicilia
    $27.00
  • Steak Tagliata grilled & sliced steak, cipollini onions agrodolce, treviso radicchio
    $26.00

Giardino / From the Garden

  • Eggplant Parmigiana nonna giovanna's tomato sauce, parmigiano-reggiano, basil
    $9.00
  • Broccolini lemon zest, confit red chile & garlic, olive oil
    $9.00
  • Lentil Ragú braised greens
    $8.00
  • Cauliflower Al Forno fonduta, parmigiano-reggiano, breadcrumbs
    $9.00
  • Rutiz Farms Rainbow Chard golden raisins, shallots, pine nuts
    $9.00
  • Weiser's Fingerling Potatoes rosemary sea salt, smoked trout aioli*
    $6.00

Ar Happy Hour Menu

Menu

  • Olives Cunzati Siciliana market style mixed olives, pickled coleman peppers, celery, carrot, oregano
    $4.00
  • Rosemary Potato Chips sierra gold potatoes, rosemary sea salt
    $3.00
  • Chopped Insalate romaine, radicchio, tomatoes, chickpeas, celery, castelvetrano olives, sheep cheese, salami, red wine-oregano dressing
    $10.00
  • Chickpea Puree market greens, crispy chickpeas, confit chiles, grilled ciabatta
    $6.00
  • Butternut Squash Arancini sicilian rice fritters, honey balsamic reduction
    $6.00
  • Burrata Crostini grilled ciabatta, tomato-almond pesto, di stefano burrata, olive oil
    $7.00
  • Calamari Fritto rice flour dusted squid, red onion, lipstick peppers, fennel, spicy tomato sauce
    $9.00
  • Chicken Meatballs nonna giovanna's tomato sauce, pecorino cheese, ciabatta
    $6.00
  • Salumi prosciutto san daniele fra'mani mortadella olympia provisions salami giardiniera, pickled romanesco zucchini, pane pomodoro e 'nduja
    $16.00
  • Formaggi cheeses from guidi marcello saffron pecorino, sheep tuscan frescoverde, sheep venetian ash rind tartufo, cow quince paste, red onion jam, mixed nuts & ciabatta
    $12.00

Pane Di Casa

  • Bianca olive oil, rosemary, sea salt
    $4.00
  • Pomodoro tomatoes, olive oil, sicilian oregano, 5 with 'nduja sausage
    $7.00
  • Cacio E Pepe pecorino romano, black pepper, olive oil
    $5.00

Cocktails/wine

Solo Negroni

  • Classico fords gin, contratto bitter, carpano antica
    $12.00
  • Capri diplomatico anejo rum, golden falernum, gran classico, dry vermouth, banana
  • Livorno loft & bear vodka, hibiscus infused suze, blanc vermouth tuaca
    $13.00
  • Roma rittenhouse rye, sloe gin, apricot, leopold aperitivo, rouge vermouth
    $13.00
  • Sorrento oloroso sherry, black walnut, amaro blend, cocchi di torino, prosecco
    $12.00
  • Napoli cimarron tequila, grapefruit, ginger, gran classic, cocchi rosa, IPA
    $13.00

House Cocktails

  • Tuscan Sunrise rye, orange essence, almond orgeat, lemon, red wine float
    $14.00
  • Alpine Snow gin, cranberry-balsamic shrub, lime, alpine liqueur, chinotto tonic
    $13.00
  • Buon Natale whiskey, sfumato, gingercello, lime, pineapple
    $14.00
  • AR Cucina Martini (build your own) castelvetrano olives; gaeta olives; house pickled onions; dolin dry vermouth
    Tru Organic Vodka $14.00
    Four Pillars Gin $13.00
  • Tie That Binds rum, coffee liqueur, crème de cacao, orgeat, meyer lemon
    $13.00
  • La Dolce Vita gin, tart cherry, all spice, lemon, egg white, ginger beer
    $14.00
  • Sophia Loren bourbon, maraschino cherry, rose, lemon, pomegranate
    $13.00

Wines by the Glass

Frizzante / Bubbles

  • Prosecco, Bocelli, Veneto, NV
    Glass $10.00
  • Lambrusco Rosso, Lini 910, Emilia Romagna, NV
    Glass $11.00
  • Spumante Rosato, Ca'maiol, Emilia Romagna, NV
    Glass $11.00

Bianchi (Whites)

  • Sauvignon, Luisa, Friuli, 2015
    Glass $12.00
    Carafe $32.00
  • Chardonnay, Roagna, Langhe, Piemonte, 2014
    Glass $13.00
    Carafe $35.00
  • Gavi, Picollo Ernesto, "Rovereto", Piemonte, 2015
    Glass $11.00
    Carafe $29.00
  • Pinot Grigio, Tiamo, Veneto, 2015 (on tap)
    Glass $8.00
    Carafe $17.00
  • Vermentino, Donna Olimpia, Toscana, 2015
    Glass $11.00
    Carafe $29.00
  • Verdicchio, Velenosi, dei castelli di jesi, Marche, 2015
    Glass $11.00
    Carafe $29.00
  • Pecorino, Umani Ronchi, Vellodoro, Abruzzo, 2015
    Glass $10.00
    Carafe $26.00

Rosato (Rosé)

  • Montepulciano D'abruzzo, Zaccagnini, Abruzzo, 2015
    Glass $12.00
    Carafe $32.00

Rosso (Red)

  • Pinot Noir, Bottega Vinaia, Trentino, 2013
    Glass $12.00
    Carafe $32.00
  • Barbera, Tiamo, Lombardia, 2015 (on tap)
    Glass $8.00
    Carafe $17.00
  • Nebbiolo, Michele Chiarlo, Il Principe, Langhe, Piemonte, 2014
    Glass $12.00
    Carafe $32.00
  • Valpolicella, Corte Guala, Ripasso, Veneto, 2011
    Glass $13.00
    Carafe $35.00
  • Chianti Classico, Tomaiolo, Riserva, Toscana, 2015
    Glass $10.00
    Carafe $26.00
  • Rosso, Donna Olimpia, Tageto, Toscana, 2014
    Glass $11.00
    Carafe $29.00
  • Primitivo, Masseria Li Veli, Orion, Puglia 2014
    Glass $10.00
    Carafe $26.00
  • Nero D'avola, Cantini Colosi, Sicilia, 2014
    Glass $10.00
    Carafe $26.00

Birra

On Tap

  • Peroni, Lager
    $7.00
  • Eagle Rock Populist IPA
    $8.00
  • Coronado Seacoast, Pilsner
    $8.00
  • Smog City, Coffee Porter
    $8.00

9531 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Charming, Intimate, Modern
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Outdoor Dining, People Watching
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (310) 558-8800
  • Private Dining Room: No