My First Enchanting Encounter
I arrived at Lucco and entered a spacious dining hall with floor to ceiling fireplace and sizable 24-seat white marble bar. My companion waited for me, already seated in brown leather padded seats with the outside patio in view and with a bottle of sparkling water already opened at the table. We are both eager for our Thursday afternoon lunch at Lucco which we traveled about 15 minutes from nearby to try.
Once both seated we are greeted by a friendly and conversational waitress who takes our drink orders and tells us a bit about the menu. Since this is our first time here we ask her what she recommends and she admits the homemade Lucco meatballs ($12) are quite good for starters. This being our first time we wanted a sampling of a few different dishes so we agree to the meatballs and then proceed to order from there. My dining companion orders the 12-inch white clam
We sit for a little less than 5 minutes, admiring the modern and newly built interior and talking until the Lucco meatballs arrive. Now the real enjoyment begins!
Two Lucco meatballs arrive (wouldn’t mind if we got a few more for $12) with
Some more time passes and the main course arrives. First, one 12-inch New York style clam
Just enough saltiness from the clam pizza with cheese and herbs. The crust is thick, seasoned, and tasty. The pizza is cut into 8 slices and we quickly devour 4 between the two of us. These 12-inch pies are large enough for two or three otherwise you’ll have leftovers.
Last but not least I move on to the rigatoni bolognese I ordered. I am a strong proponent of al dente pasta that is firm to the bite and this was exactly that. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the bolognese was outstanding with clumps of beef and ample savory flavor. There is plenty of pasta here that I am unable to totally
After our meals, we are amply full but
The affogato arrives and looks absolutely scrumptious. I slowly press into it with my spoon cutting through the whipped cream then the hot espresso and finally pressing into the more firm gelato waiting at the base. I lift my spoon and take a bite. The cold gelato and hot espresso enter my mouth and
My first trip to Lucco Cucina will be remembered as one of the more remarkable contemporary Italian meals I’ve had in recent memory. Given its close proximity to my weekly commute path, I start to make plans as to when I shall return next to conquer more!
My Second Visit
Given the success of my first trip to Lucco I return back again a few weeks later for another Lunch. This time on Friday.
This time I decide to order the cheese ravioli ($18). My other companions order the eggplant parmesan and the 12-inch margarita pizza.
Our food arrives after some short time and conversation and I dig into my cheese ravioli. The ravioli, like the rigatoni bolognese, is perfectly al dente and crafted nicely. The sauce is on the lighter side but the ravioli is moist and sprinkled in grated cheese and herbs. I wouldn’t mind a few more ravioli also. All in all the pasta which I was hoping for did not disappoint.
My two other companions enjoy the eggplant parmesan and the margarita pizza.
Given my two highly enjoyable trips to Lucco Cucina + Bar I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone craving contemporary Italian cuisine. The pasta here is prepared and executed well. The pizza is unique and has enough variety to please a wide array of guests. The large bar makes the restaurant also a suitable event space and happy hour spot. I look forward to my future encounters at Lucco and hope you take the time to experience it for yourself first hand!
I created the video below which was shared on my Facebook and Instagram pages and documented my first trip to Lucco Cucina + Bar. Please enjoy.