La Cucina Port Douglas | Authentic Italian Cuisine with a Tropical Twist

La Cucina is a delightful Italian eatery that promises an unforgettable dining experience. We take pride in offering an array of mouthwatering Italian dishes in a cozy and inviting atmosphere.


Our menu is a tribute to Italy’s rich and diverse flavours. From traditional pasta dishes to wood-fired pizzas, carefully crafted using the finest ingredients, delivering an authentic taste of Italy.

Opening Hours:

  • 12 noon to 9 pm every day except Thursday when they are closed.

Location: La Cucina is conveniently located in the heart of Port Douglas, making it a perfect dining destination for locals and visitors.

Whether planning a romantic evening, a family gathering, or a casual lunch with friends, La Cucina invites you to savour the essence of Italy in a warm and welcoming setting. Join us for an unforgettable dining experience.

A Cozy Italian Escape

At La Cucina, we offer more than just a meal; we provide a true Italian escape. La Cucina boasts a warm and cozy ambience that transports you to the charming streets of Italy. From the moment you step inside, you’ll feel the welcoming embrace of Italian hospitality.

Menu Variety

This menu caters to a wide range of tastes and preferences. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic Margherita pizza, a hearty bowl of pasta, or a sumptuous seafood dish, the culinary offerings are designed to satisfy every craving.

Exceptional Service

La Cucina’s dedicated staff ensures that your dining experience is exceptional. Staff will assist you in choosing the perfect dish and pairing it with a fine wine.

Special Occasions

La Cucina is also the ideal setting for special occasions. Whether celebrating a birthday, an anniversary or simply gathering with friends, La Cucina is a wonderful choice.

Outdoor Seating:

For those who prefer alfresco dining, we offer charming outdoor seating, allowing you to enjoy your meal amidst the tropical beauty of Port Douglas.

At La Cucina, indulge in the flavours of Italy, share cherished moments with loved ones, and create lasting memories. Join us for a dining experience that combines the best of Italian cuisine with warm hospitality in the heart of Port Douglas.

The Perfect Pairing: Food and Wine

At La Cucina, we understand the art of pairing food and wine to elevate your dining experience. Our carefully curated wine list features a selection of Italian and international wines that complement our dishes beautifully. Our knowledgeable staff can guide you in choosing the perfect wine to enhance your meal, ensuring a harmonious and delightful taste journey.

Dessert Delights

No Italian meal is complete without a sweet ending. Our dessert menu features an array of delectable treats, from traditional tiramisu to mouthwatering gelato. Satisfy your sweet tooth with our tempting desserts, paired with a coffee or digestif, for a perfect finish to your meal.

Reservations and Walk-Ins

While reservations are recommended, we also welcome walk-in guests. Whether you plan or decide spontaneously, we’re here to accommodate you and provide an exceptional dining experience.

Take a Slice of Italy’s Home

Love our pizza? You can also order your favourite pizzas for takeaway to enjoy the taste of Italy in the comfort of your own space.

Meet Your Host: Vincenzo di Cugno

Born in the charming seaside town of Trani, often referred to as the “pearl of south Puglia,” Italy, Vincenzo di Cugno’s life has been steeped in the rich tapestry of traditional Italian Culture. Nestled along the Adriatic Sea, his hometown is renowned for its wines, mozzarella, and a treasure trove of seafood, including delicacies like octopus, sea urchins, red prawns (Mazzancolle), and more.

In 2014, Vincenzo embarked on a journey to Australia with a wealth of hospitality experience and a deep-rooted passion for sharing the authentic Italian dining experience.

Port Douglas became his chosen new home, where he was determined to bring the flavours and warmth of Italy to the tropical shores of Queensland.

His dedication to the craft of hospitality and his unwavering enthusiasm led him to Sassi La Cucina, where he honed his skills for over eight years. Starting as Restaurant Manager and eventually taking ownership in 2021, Vincenzo’s journey has been one of excellence and commitment.

Surrounded by a team of fellow Italian hospitality professionals who share his passion, Vincenzo’s mission is clear: to impart their collective knowledge of Italian cuisine, wines, and, of course, the sweetness of ‘la dolce vita’ to every guest.

Vincenzo places paramount importance on the customer experience. He ensures consistent, high-quality food and service, a relaxed and inviting ambience, and the warmest Italian hospitality mark every visit. Together, these elements combine to craft a dining experience that is truly wonderful for every visitor to Sassi La Cucina.


La Cucina FAQs

Q. What cuisine does La Cucina offer?

A. La Cucina specializes in authentic Italian cuisine. Our menu features many Italian dishes, including pasta, pizza, seafood, and more.

Q. Is there outdoor seating available?

A. Yes, we offer charming outdoor seating for guests who prefer to dine al fresco. Enjoy your meal amidst the beautiful surroundings of Port Douglas.

Q. Is there inside air-conditioned seating.

A. When it is steamy outside of La Cucina, visitors will welcome the air-conditioned comfort of La Cucina.

Q. Can you accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies?

A. Yes, we can accommodate various dietary preferences and allergies. Please inform our staff of your specific requirements, and we’ll do our best to create a suitable dining experience for you.

Q. Can I order takeaway or delivery?

A. Yes, you can order your favourite pizzas for takeaway, allowing you to enjoy our delicious Italian cuisine in the comfort of your own space.

Q. What are the restaurant's opening hours?

A. La Cucina Port Douglas opening hours are as follows: noon to 9 p.m. every day except Thursday when they are closed.

Q. Does La Cucina have a children's menu?

A. Yes, a children’s menu has kid-friendly options, making it a family-friendly dining destination.

Q. Is there parking available near the restaurant?

A. Yes, there is parking available nearby for your convenience.

Q. What payment methods are accepted at La Cucina?

A. La Cucina Port Douglas accepts various payment methods, including cash and major credit cards.

Stylish and Sophisticated Italian Restaurant in Tropical Port Douglas

La Cucina is an oasis of style and sophistication nestled in the heart of Port Douglas, where tropical beauty meets Italian elegance. Our restaurant is a testament to the fusion of two worlds, creating a dining experience that’s as chic as it is welcoming.

Immerse Yourself in Italian Charm

Step into a world of Italian charm, where the warm, inviting ambience combines with stylish decor to transport you to the heart of Italy, right in the heart of tropical Port Douglas.

Authentic Italian Cuisine

La Cucina’s commitment to authenticity extends to our cuisine. We offer a menu with genuine Italian flavours, prepared with care and skill to ensure every bite is a delight.

The Perfect Setting

Whether planning a romantic evening, a celebration with friends, or a special family gathering, La Cucina provides the perfect setting for any occasion. Dine amidst tropical beauty and Italian sophistication.

Join us at La Cucina for a dining experience that marries the elegance of Italy with the tropical allure of Port Douglas. It’s a stylish, sophisticated escape that invites you to savour the best of both worlds.

La Cucina in Port Douglas is not just a restaurant; it’s a culinary journey that invites you to savour the essence of Italy. Whether you’re dining with us for a special occasion or to satisfy your Italian cravings, we look forward to serving you and making your experience truly memorable.

Explore the Area Near La Cucina Port Douglas

La Cucina in Port Douglas is conveniently located in the heart of the town, making it an ideal starting point for exploring the local area. Here are some attractions and points of interest that are close by