We are Piccolo Cucina, a traditional Italian restaurant located in the centre of Cairns. Our specialty is handmade pasta and hand stretched pizza. We support local quality producers and their seasonal ingredients.

Buon Appetito!

MON – FRI 11:30 am – 09:30 pm

SAT 05:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SUN 05:00 pm – 09:00 pm

ENTRÉE

Schiacciata

House-made flat bread, garlic, salt, rosemary

9

Bruschetta

Heirloom and Roma tomatoes, red onion, basil, balsamic, pane di casa

14

Olives

House marinated medley 

10

Beef Tartare

Cape Grim eye fillet, capers, shallots, egg yolk, white anchovy, toasted crostini

25

Paté

Chicken liver, red onion jam, house made garlic flat bread

20

Cozze

South Australian Boston Bay Mussels with either;

Garlic, cream, white wine sauce   

or   

Napoli, chilli sauce

23/38

Arancino

Fried rice ball of wild mushroom, mozzarella, rocket, truffle aioli

20/44

Calamari

Fresh, local calamari served crispy with a zesty salad

22/35

Antipasto (2/4+ people)

San Daniele prosciutto, hot salame, Mortadella, fontina, Bufala mozzarella, house marinated olives, chargrilled seasonal vegetables, schiacciata

30/46

HOUSE MADE PASTA

Linguine con Funghi Selvatici

Locally captured wild mushrooms from the tablelands, black truffle, rich mascarpone cream sauce

28/39

Gnocchi ai Quattro Formaggi

Gorgonzola, pecorino, fontina, parmesan

25/37

Pappardelle alla Modenese

Prosciutto, pork sausage, peas, Napoli, a touch of cream

27/39

Orecchiette con Strisce di Filetto

Seared eye fillet, cherry tomatoes, chilli, basil, olive oil

30/41

Lasagna Classica

Beef Bolognese ragu, béchamel, mozzarella, insalata rucola 

36

Agnolotti di Mare

Crab and lobster filled pockets, fish vellutata, black caviar

32/43

Fettuccine alla Carbonara

Pancetta, garlic, pecorino, onion, black pepper

26/36

TRADITIONAL PASTA RECIPES 

Choose spaghetti or penne OR upgrade to our house made pasta:

Fettuccini, Gnocchi, Orecchiette or Pappardelle

4

Marinara alla Bianca 

Mussels, local tiger prawns, reef fish, clams, squid, white wine, olive oil

33/44

Amatriciana

Pancetta, garlic, chilli, Napoli sauce

26/36

Aglio, Olio e Gamberi     

Local tiger prawns, spinach, chilli, olive oil, garlic

33/44

Classic Bolognese  

Pork and Napoli ragù, olive oil, parsley

25/37

Arrabbiata

Napoli sauce, garlic, fresh chilli, parsley

24/35

Gluten Free Penne Available

3

PIZZE ROSSE

Margherita  

Fior di latte, basil

25

Don Giovanni

Bufala mozzarella, red capsicum, anchovies, hot salame

30

Diavola    

Fior di latte, hot salame, fresh chilli

27

Capricciosa

Fior di latte, ham, mushrooms, olives, artichokes

29

Vegetariana

Fior di latte, mushroom, artichokes, zucchini, olives, capsicum

31

Trastevere

Burrata, San Daniele prosciutto, rucola

33

Calabrese

Spicy ‘Nduja sausage, roasted capsicum, bufala mozzarella, rocket

32

PIZZE BIANCHE

Rustica  

Thinly sliced potato, zucchini, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil

26

Torino   

Local captured wild mushrooms, fior di latte, garlic, gorgonzola

30

MAIN COURSE

Scaloppine di Vitello

Thinly sliced veal, mashed potatoes, broccolini, carrot pureè, lemon parsley sauce

42

Acqua Pazza        

Line-caught local snapper fillet poached in a white wine sauce with mussels, clams octopus, fennel, garlic, fresh chilli and cherry tomatoes  

50

Risotto alla Milanese        

Saffron risotto, roasted bone marrow, parmesan

40

Porchetta

Rolled pork belly filled with mortadella, aromatic herbs, served with a jus and a warm green salad

44

Filetto Mignon  

200g Cape Grim eye fillet wrapped in speck, king brown mushroom, pickled walnuts, friarielli

50

RECOMMENDED SHARED EXPERIENCE 

Pure Black Angus Platter

450g, 100 day barley fed, 4+ scotch fillet sliced to share, house made fettuccine, wild mushrooms, tomatoes, chilli, black truffle, garlic

110

SIDES

Chargrilled broccolini, toasted almonds

14

 

Bakes Brussel sprouts, crispy San Daniel prosciutto

15

Shoestring fries, house made aioli   

10

Mash potato, parmesan crumbs 

14

Local sourdough baked ciabatta bread (2 slices)

6

SALADS

Insalata Caprese

Local heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, burratta, basil, balsamic reduction

25

Insalata di Fagioli

Warmed green beans, cannellini beans, red onion, cherry tomatoes, chick peas, salsa verde dressing

22

Insalata Rucola

Rocket, shaved parmesan, olive oil

14

Insalata Mista

Mixed leaves, cherry tomatoes, herb dressing

14

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