La Cucina sul Mare

An Evening at La Cucina sul Mare, a Cape Cod Southern Italian Restaurant

La Cucina is one of the most popular restaurants on Falmouth’s Main Street. It’s owned and run by Mark and Cynthia Cilfone.

A delightful table and Pollo Limone.

A delightful table and Pollo Limone.

“Reminiscent of an evening in Italy, La Cucina Sul Mare is a dining experience not easily forgotten. The flavors of the authentic foods of Italy and the Mediterranean, will have you longing to come back again and again!”

Delicious and healthy plate at the bar... with a glass of chardonnay.

This is E.J. serving a delicious and healthy gorgonzola salad at the bar… with  glass of chardonnay.

Signature dishes prepared by chef/owner Mark Cilfone, include a classic Lasagna al Forno, Braised Lamb Shanks, Osso Buco, Lobster fra Diavolo over Linguini,  Rigotoni a la Vodka, Chicken Parmesan and Veal Piccata to name but a few.

The atmosphere is as warm and inviting as the summer sun in Italy. The walls are decorated with hand painted murals that remind one of the old country. The painted terracotta tin ceilings and picture windows overlooking our bustling Main Street and Peg Noonan Park across the way add to the warm festive feeling as one enters. The best part is that La Cucina is just a pleasant ten minute stroll from the Palmer House Inn.

When our oldest daughter Erin and her husband Rick come to visit we enjoy walking  down to Main Street. We usually stop at La Cucina for our evening meal. Rick and Bill order the Pan Seared Tenderloin. It is an eight ounce filet mignon served with a portabella mushroom Madiera sauce with mashed potatoes and asparagus. The filet is always done to perfection. Erin usually orders the Pollo Marsala. It is a lightly pounded breast of chicken that is floured, sauteed with shallots and mushrooms and finished in a classic Marsala wine sauce then served over angel hair pasta. I have two favorites the Stuffed Pork Loin is so good. The pork is cut thinly and rolled with ricotta, imported prosciutto, mushrooms and spinach and is served with mashed sweet potatoes. However, when I am in the mood for seafood, I order the Zuppa de Pesce. This dish is served in a large frying pan and consists of a medley of seafood, sauteed in olive oil and garlic and finished with a white wine tomato,  seafood broth over linguine. Erin and I find it difficult to resist La Cucina’s desserts.  She enjoys the cannolis as I relax with a cappuccino and the very best biscotti that I have ever eaten. Their pastry chef is truly an artist.

Zuppa de Pesce

Zuppa de Pesce

We especially enjoy Sunday evenings at La Cucina when they have live music. Bill and I enjoy reminiscing as our old favorites are played while we sip our limoncello.



 La Cucina sul Mare

237 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
tel. (508) 548-5600

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