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Located deep in Tel Aviv’s industrial area, Cucina Tamar is the home restaurant
and culinary platform of chef Tamar Cohen-Tzedek. From the relaxed decor to the
meticulously selected ingredients, some of which are imported exclusively from
Italy, it is clear that a lot of thought and preparation went into developing
this restaurant’s design and menu. All the dishes are made from scratch on the
The interior consists of an enclosed patio (with a casual,
come-as-you-are atmosphere), a downstairs dining area (with a window into the
kitchen and bar) and a wooden upper deck.
At the entrance to the kitchen
there’s a blackboard with the menu items printed in chalk. The bar is wide and
serves as a centerpiece for the place.
For openers, we were treated to
the ravioli tartufo – fresh homemade pasta filled with ricotta, Parmesan and
truffles in a butter and truffle sauce. The ravioli melted in the mouth and was
full of rich flavor. The second dish we tried was the tortellini – small pasta
pockets which, in this case, were filled with a mixture of artichokes and
Parmesan cheese and served with a garlic and olive oil sauce. The pasta was
fresh and heavenly and cooked to al dente perfection. This was followed by the
equally delicious Parmigiana budino – Parmigiana soufflé served with champignon
and tartufo mushrooms and shallots.
In between the pasta dishes, we
nibbled on a refreshing green salad with root vegetables – a colorful dish of
greens, shredded beetroot, carrot and kohlrabi.
For our main course we
enjoyed the homemade tagliatelle ragout – three types of ground meat served with
long narrow pasta; and the veal scallopini, which consisted of a veal cinta in a
white wine sauce of butter, sage and lemon. Both dishes were a
Then came dessert. Cucina Tamar is well known for its homemade ice
cream, and it did not disappoint.
The dish consisted of three flavors –
coffee, chocolate and vanilla. My dining partner, who claims to be a connoisseur
of everything ice cream, joyfully proclaimed that this was the best chocolate
ice cream she had ever tasted. This was followed by a deeply espresso-flavored
and mascarpone-rich tiramisu, which was just as good as it sounds While there is
a plethora of Italian restaurants in the Tel Aviv area, for truly fresh pasta
and sauces there’s only one place to go. In terms of cuisine, Cucina Tamar is a
genuinely Italian experience.The writer was a guest of the
10 Hatzfira St.(03) 639-0407
Mon.-Thurs. from 6 p.m. Fri. from 5 p.m. Sat. from noon. Closed Sundays.