Possibly the most kid-friendly restaurant in Portland—watch weary parents toast each other with martinis over the heads of kids happily coloring as they wait for their pizzas. The half chicken grilled beneath an iron 'brick' is a standout.
Wow this place has it all .. great food, great atmosphere and great service. I'll be going back and can't wait to try more on the menu. The chef was top notch.. walking around the dining room and checking in on guests. Had a great feel and vibe!
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Oh my G.....finish as you like. The word on the street is that the chef is relatively new, and she has her hair done at Arabella's, by Steven....with that aside....my wife and I were in town for a visit, and we had not place to go for Valentines Day. We made some contacts and were graciously allowed to "squeeze in" for the big day......antipasti, "breakfast," a couple of pizza's with a range free egg cooked in the middle for "dipping," and beef and pork that melted in our mouths......this is the best kept secret in Portland, and I imagine that the next time we stop by Portland on Valentine's Day unannounced we will not be so lucky to be squeezed in.......Lissa is one rockin chef, and she obviously has an outstanding crew.....try it....you will love it....PS: $$ for wine, and all that food for 4!!!
I love this pizza!. I wandered into Lucca with a girlfriend one night and was pleasantly surprised by the experience we had there. We ordered drinks (the fancy nancy is great) and pizzas (margherita and salsice), and enjoyed watching the hot pizza cook with the dark curls toss our dough!! The service was great, the food even better, and the view (wink wink) was the best! Luckily, Lucca is a short drive from my house so I will be back!
Lovely spot with outdoor seating. I recently visited Lucca on a sunny day and really enjoyed my experience. Our entire experience was fantastic. It is rare to receive as good as service as we did from our server that day. I wish I would have taken down our server's name, because she was so attentive and friendly. Our food was great too. We started with the "simply greens" salad and had two pizzas (Margherita and an Arrabbiatta with sausage) both suggested by our server. All of the items were delicious. The food was so good, I decided to order dessert, which is something I rarely do. We had the profitoroles, which was an amazing concoction of toffee, ice cream, and sea salts. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem.
My new favorite Italian restaurant in Portland!. Lucca is only a 15-minute walk from my house, but it's taken me a few months to try it. Went there because a good friend suggested it. I am SO glad she prompted me to go--it's my new favorite Italian place in town (I've been missing Assagio dreadfully!). Our server was incredibly pleasant and very well informed--she made a great wine suggestion based on what I told her I was looking for. I had an appetizer that was the special of the day--figs wrapped in prosciutto with goat-cheese crustini. It came with some lightly dressed arugula in the center and it was DIVINE! Light and sparkling flavors, high-quality ingredients, paired with a deft, light touch. Then had the pasta with pesto, green beans, and potato dish. I had had exact same dish many years ago at one of the top restaurants in San Fran, but that dish disappointed greatly. Not Lucca's version--it was fantastic! Best pesto I've had in Portland. Portion could have been a bit bigger, but I'm a hungry runner, so eat more than most. Ended meal with delicious, generous profiteroles with caramel gelato in them. I"m still drooling thinking about entire menu. This location seems to be cursed, but i hope Lucca thrives and survives! A+!
Not impressed. We were not impressed with Lucca. The staff was rude. My expensive drink was spilled in the bread basket as it was set on the table but the server did not apologize or clean it up. We were seated next to the noisy bar. The food was bland. We had to wait and wait for service and finally had to track down our server to pay. We won't be going back.
Not So Much.
It was a busy Sunday (Good right?) (Not So Much.) I prefer to sit in the bar where all of the action is. My bartender on this night seemed to be some shade of green (lime, kelly, sage?) It, is possible to serve the customers (your customers at the bar), as you are serving the dining room customers as well. My experience as a bar owner is to, get a drink to the customer ASAP! This was not the case. I waited, and wondered if I had sat in the black hole of the restaurant. I ordered the mussels as an appetizer, and it was excellent. I ordered Cod as my main course. I forked into my main course and was set back by what I found. Cod is a tricky fish to cook, but raw is not usually the mistake. I had to take a look around to make sure I was not at a hot sushi spot. I was correct that I was at Lucca on Freemont and the main course was awful. I had obviously had 1 bite, and pushed my plate away. The greenhorn finally came by and asked me if I wanted my meal boxed up? I said 'I'm sure it is wonderful, but it is not cooked beyond raw.' He said 'OK' and tossed my plate into the dish bin. NO NOTHING! I will, and do pay for what I order. I feel like the bartender on Sunday night had no clue on customer awareness. Within 30 seconds of my dish touching down in front of me I knew that it was improperly cooked. If, at that time it was addressed I would of sent it back for a final torching. But, since that slimy square sat if front of me with the 1/2 cooked Yukon Potato's. I have no mercy. It was awful. The bartender was absent and clueless. Look! I work in the food service industry. Give me a drink, give me some food, check on me and leave me alone! All, I felt was alone. I have NO problem paying for what I eat. Please, make sure what I am eating is cooked and up to PAR.
I was very disappointed in my experience. I will not go back. I got stroked for something that I did not eat or enjoy. T,
FYI You can Comp a meal or dessert!
Gracious service dedicated to customer satisfaction.
Found this place last night and could not have been more impressed. The service especially was outstanding from the moment we walked in the door.
A nice wine list allowed us to get a great selection at a reasonable price. We ordered the Anti Pasta del giorni and enjoyed an excellent selection of appetizers.
We also ordered a pizza, but were dissappointed when the bottom was on the burnt side. It was edible, but definitely had bites of a burnt taste. We were discussing if we should send back when a staffer approached us and asked what the problem was. I was so impressed that he was watching the room and could see we were not eating and looked unhappy. We did not have to hunt someone down or complain. When we showed him the pizza he took it immediately and we had another in less than five minutes.
We were so glad that we sent it back, cooked properly the flavors of the high quality cheese and sausage emerged--delicious.
As we finished our meal the chef herself came out to see if everything was ok and to apologize. She brought us a treat of two figs stuffed with cheese and topped with almonds. Oh my gosh--as my husband said, "it was better than chocolate."
Anyone can make a mistake, but the fast and gracious way this resolved didn't even feel like an interruption to our meal. The food was delicious and every member of the staff incredible warm, friendly, genuine and helpful.
We will be back!
Overpriced, small menu. This place has the most expensive drinks in town. I ordered a pasta dinner that was $12.50. My wife ordered a pizza that was $12.00. We each had a martini before our meal. I ordered a second one during dinner. The martini's are $10 per drink. This was not a fancy schmancy martini. It was a bombay saphire martini with olives. I have never paid $10 for a martini in Portland, not even in the Pearl district or at downtown restaurants. Bottom line, despite the fact that I live in the neighborhood, I am not going back. The food is good (not great), ambience is good (not great). My advice: if you are in the neighborhood go to Pastini at NE 15th and Broadway - the menu is bigger, food is as good, and it will cost you a lot less when you walk out the door. It's too bad, bc this is coming from someone who would love nothing more to have a sweet little spot within walking distance of their front door...
Must try.. have been twice for brunch on sunday and for dinner. the cheese plate was top notch, the pizza with the fennel sausage was excellent, and another appetizer that was the deep fried goat cheese with a garlic dipping sauce was another great choice. the appetizers alone are a good reason to go. brunch was an unhurried event, in a relaxed and quiet setting. both times i have dined here the noise level was really non existant, its on fremont which has several restaurants i frequent so i am familiar with the area. brunch had quite a few great choices. its a little expensive, but if your not a big drinker, its reasonable and well worth a look. the staff service was friendly and very attentive without being overly attentive. serving sizes are not large but well proportioned.
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