Casual & Creative Italian
Owner-chef Onohara-san’s training was in French cuisine, but when he decided to open up his own restaurant he realized he enjoyed Italian more, especially pasta. The result is Cuscus, a colorfully-decorated, casual Italian izakaya located just a few minutes on foot from Hirao Station. A wagon with samples of dishes is wheeled to you for your inspection. The Olive & Anchovy Crustine 380 yen, Bacon & Cheese Quiche 580 yen, Oven-Baked Mussels 480 yen, and Lasagne 580 yen are perennial favorites. Ordering several dishes to share is the way to go, but leave room for pasta! In addition to their three regular pastas, the 10-spice tomato-and-basil sauce Arabiatta, a special low-oil and light Peperoncino, and the Genova basil, there’s always a special homemade daily pasta such as nookli or ravioli. Not normally associated with Italian food, couscous is added to a seafood soup as is custom in some parts of southern Italy. Also available are plenty of Italian wines, homemade desserts, and fantastic take-out deli-style platters for parties of two to many!
2-8-15 Nanokawa, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 17:30~01:00 (OS 24:00)
Prices: 300 yen table charge, glass wine 400 yen, 2,400 yen and 3,200 yen courses, take-out deli platters 3,800 yen (2 people, add 1,900 yen for extra servings)