Rucola bills itself as an Italian cafe for friends and family. The ‘About Us’ section on their website states that the restaurant is inspired by the Puglia region of Italy. This is a place where, according to them at least, the people are so friendly they knock their heels at their neighbours’ doors to announce their visit.
For such a friendly restaurant, we found it odd to be greeted at the door of their Podil branch by a prominent sign detailing things we weren’t allowed to do here.
For a start, there’s no photography permitted. So forget family photos if you are celebrating the birthday of a loved one. The most bizarre symbol, however, is the one indicating no ice cream permitted.
Seriously. If this sign wasn’t there would your restaurant be overrun with cone-bearing customers? It’s completely pointless, no doubt devised by some authoritarian with their mind stuck in the Soviet era.
Anyway, after making sure we were familiar with the regulations, Tetiana and I made our way inside. Service was fast and I was supplied with an English menu.
Tetiana skipped starters but I ordered bruschetta with roast beef and Philadelphia cream for 68 UAH. For mains I went for the salami pizza at 129 UAH while Tetiana chose spaghetti carbonara at 92 UAH.
The bruschetta was ok but nothing to write home about. My pizza had more salt on it than the Dead Sea. Tetiana’s only comment on the spaghetti was that she preferred takeaways.
To be fair we may have just come on a bad day. The restaurant gets reasonably good reviews on sites such as TripAdvisor. It was also pretty full, even though we arrived at 4.45 pm on a bitterly cold Thursday afternoon.
There are around 10 branches of Rucola in Kiev. The one we visited was on Petra Sahaidachnogo Street in the Podil area of the city. It’s roughly halfway between Kontraktova Ploshcha Metro Station and Poshtova Ploshcha Metro Station.
Visit Kiev Ukraine dined at Rucola in Podil in January 2017. Unlike many other Kiev travel and dining websites we pay for our own food and drink. We do not inform staff we are reviewing their restaurant.
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Rucola – Podil
22/1 Petra Sahaidachnogo Street
Nearest Metro Station(s): Kontraktova Ploshcha, Poshtova Ploshcha