Eat out at Cucina in Woodstock this month
This large Italian trattoria burst onto the Ulster County dining scene in the summer of 2008, and has since been winning over diners with its laid-back ambience and simple Italian food. Executive Chef Gianni Scappin — formerly of Rhinebeck’s Gigi’s — has created a straightforward menu, rejecting the current trend towards culinary frivolity in favor of impeccably interpreted tradition, like rigatoni with sausage, peas, and just a touch of cream. Whether it’s white beans with sage and shrimp or thin-crust pizza, Cucina has elevated Mama’s meatballs to culinary mastery. Mangia!