Boston Dining Guide



Lucca Back Bay

116 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Location: Back Bay

With our anniversary upon us, I was searching for an elegant, upscale restaurant that would provide a romantic atmosphere, friendly service and excellent Italian food. I am happy to report that we experienced all of the above in Boston's Back Bay area, with a night at Lucca.

The Ambiance

We arrived slightly earlier than our 8:30 pm reservation and had expected, being it was a Friday night, to have a short wait at the bar. Instead, we were greeted with a smile by the hostess, had our coats checked and were brought to our table promptly.

The feel of Lucca is very upscale, yet warm and inviting with a modern flare. Shades of chocolate brown abound, giving a feeling of warmth -while soft lighting at the tables and around the dining room foster a romantic intimacy. Yet, there is an openess and modern feel to the space, aided by clean lines, towering height inside the main dining room and striking floor to celing glass windows. The walls of the dining area are adorned with dramatic original oil paintings, with figures from Italian master artists. A grand marble staircase sits in the main dining room.

The Service

Our server was friendly and efficient, offering us excellent menu selections and answering our questions concering the entrees.

The Meal

The bread for the table was warm and tasty, served with a zesty hummus dip.

We ordered the antipasta plate for our appetizer. Salami and other assorted meats, along with mozzerella, peppers and italian olives.

For our main courses of the evening, we chose the pollo saltimbocca and the linguine and clams. The pollo saltimbocca was a treat, with the roasted Statler chicken tender and juicy, encrusted in a crisp breading. It was accompanied by a flavorful Marsala chicken jus, prosciutto di Parma and herbs, and wild mushrooms. The herb semolina dumpling was light and tasty.

The linguine and clams were perfectly done, served mixed in a delicate white wine sauce which included hints of fenel and chili flakes, giving it a slight touch of heat. The dish also included roasted garlic, red onion, pancetta and sweet Italian peppers.

We were given our desert on the house to celebrate our anniversary. We chose the tiramisu, which was enjoyable, but not quite as impressive as the rest of the meal.

The Conclusion

Lucca is truly living up to its reputation as a great spot for high end Italian dining in the Back Bay. Highly recommended.

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