Akasha Richmond's New Italian Restaurant Debuts in Culver City

“AR Cucina will focus on strong Italian favorites, from burrata to fritto misto to lighter pizzas made in the restaurant’s hulking back oven. ”


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"The newest addition to Culver City's restaurant row comes from one of its most revered tenants: Akasha Richmond, whose eponymous restaurant has been a neighborhood anchor for almost a decade. Her new spot is her ode to Italian food, with the menu including grilled octopus with chickpea puree, crispy chickpeas & escarole, stone-hearth pizzas made from organic flour, and handmade pastas including spinach-pasta lasagna verde with short rib, prosciutto & mushroom ragù, which can be washed down with a drink menu that features six takes on a Negroni."


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"The menu doesn't represent one specific region of Italy, but includes familiar dishes with an AR twist: Seasonal salads, pizza bread, handmade pastas and grilled proteins with a Cal-Ital bent."


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“The menu is inspired by Richmond’s extensive travels throughout Italy and her nine-year cooking relationship with her first husband and his mother – who both hail from a small village in Sardinia."


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“The menu – pizzas, salads, handmade pastas, risotto and more – takes inspiration from Richmond's travels through Italy, from the farms along the countryside to fishing villages along the shores. But this being California, the dishes will change with the seasons as new local ingredients become available.”