Cucinova comes to Cincinnati – Review and Giveaway

Cucinova openingFirst, before I forget. What are you doing for dinner tonight? Instead of pulling something out of your…. refridgerator, consider heading to Kenwood. Today, October 9 from 11 am until 8 pm, Cucinova is having a free day. During this time, guests can enjoy a complimentary Neapolitan pizza, pasta or salad. (Located at 8060 Kenwood Road – right off of I-71 heading east on Montgomery road -away from the mall.)

I have the scoop (or should I say slice?) on how delicious the food at Cucinova is. I was fortunate enough to be invited to and to be able to attend their grand opening last Thursday evening.

First – asthetically the restaurant is just lovely. Bright, airy and welcoming are the words that come to mind.
Second – the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable.
Third – the food is absolutely positively delish!

So how does this work?

“Encouraging individual expression through culinary creativity, the Cucinova menu features create-your-own Neapolitan pizzas, along with customizable spaghettini pasta bowls and salads, all for only $6.99. The menu, inspired by the flavors of Italy, encourages inventiveness, asking guests, “What’ll you create today?”

Guests of Cucinova line up at a workstation to create their own masterpiece or choose from a chef-created specialty. Each artisan pizza starts with hand stretched dough, made from scratch every day. Guests will have their choice of more than 25 toppings to choose from, including fresh whole milk mozzarella and fire-roasted veggies. After ingredients are selected, artisans fire each pizza in a Wood Stone oven at a temperature of 700 degrees in three minutes or less. In addition to its customizable pizzas, pastas and salads, Cucinova will also offer domestic and craft beer and wine. Special happy hour pricing will also be available.”

Cucinova - my creationI made a pizza with regular and parmesan sauce, added a combination of three cheese and then topped it off with bacon and spinach. I was so surprised with how quickly my pizza cooked. I wasn’t even through getting my salad made before it was ready. BTW – I love that you pick your salad ingredients, and then the salad chef puts them into a big metal bowl, adds your dressing and tosses it all together. Perfection!

My food was delicious. I can’t wait to take my family there for dinner. Not only can each person choose their own — when you have a nine year old with a mind of his own and a 12 year old who’s a vegetarian. Let someone else be my short order cook for the night! Regardless of the amazingly affordable price, seeing the fresh ingredients where vegetables are not an afterthought will make this a place we will hopefully be frequenting often.


Enter to win a $25 gift card to Cucinova. Use it to purchase your choice or combination of pizza, pasta, and/or salad. If you win (or even if you don’t), be sure to come to my page on Facebook to let me know what you got and how you liked it!

To win, you must be 18 and a resident of Greater Cincinnati. Winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, October 16 at Noon. Mandatory entry: leave a comment and let me know why you’d like to win.

Additional entries:

1. Check out LWAA on Facebook as well as Cucinova‘s page.
2. Share the giveaway and share the promotion on your Facebook page.
3. Sign up to get my email.
4. Tweet about this – include @KarenEborall and #mycreation in your tweet.

Info about the restaurant

The 3,500-square-foot restaurant seats 80 in a new building in Kenwood City Place at 8060 Montgomery Road.

It will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

Disclaimer: I attended the complimentary grand opening last week, and have been given a $25 gift card for hosting this giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Frisch’s is giving away Pumpkin Pies!

pumpkin pieOctober is rolling along! I love the fall because of the weather, the fun things to do with my family (apple picking, pumpkin picking, fall festivals, hikes, etc.); and all of the yummy food with one of my favorite vegetables (wait – is is a vegetable?) pumpkin. That’s why I’m thrilled to help Frisch’s promote their pumpkin pie giveaway extravanganza.

Do you know someone who deserves a little extra recognition? Frisch’s Big Boy wants to reward people with one of their FREE award-winning pumpkin pies! Did a grocery store employee go the extra mile and help you to your car with heavy groceries? Did your son’s teacher stay after school to help him understand his math homework? Who do you know that has earned recognition? Nominate them to win a pumpkin pie today on Frisch’sFacebook page or at! It only takes a minute. From September 22 to November 23, 2014, five winners will be selected each week.”

In my mind, spread a little kindness and a little pie. Set an alarm on your phone, put an event on your calendar. Each morning sit down and review what happened in the previous day — hone down on the one person who went just that little bit above and beyond and then nominate them!


Frisch’s Big Bog is also sponsoring a giveaway right here, right now, for your very own award winning pumpkin pie — 50 years of tradition stands behind this pie, and I know you all want one!

Here’s the details on the giveaway… Winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, October 16 at 10 am. The winner must be 18 years of age and a resident of Greater Cincinnati. I will send an email to the winner who will then have 24 hours to reply otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Mandatory entry: Leave a comment and let me know why you’d like a pumpkin pie. Who will you share it with?

Addiitonal entries (please leave a comment for each one in order for it to be counted):

1. Check out LWAA on Facebook as well as Frisch’s Big Boy (while on the Frisch’s page, while not do your first nomination as well??).
2. Share the giveaway and share the promotion on your Facebook page.
3. Sign up to get my email.
4. Tweet about this – include @KarenEborall and @FrischsBigBoy in your tweet.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: To help promote this campaign, Frisch’s Big Boy has given me a pie and a $25 gift card. Thanks Frisch’s!!


Everyone knows someone who deserves a FREE Frisch’s pumpkin pie! Send us those nominations!