Lucca 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.
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.
Our server was friendly and efficient, offering us excellent menu selections
and answering our questions concering the entrees.
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.
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.
Lucca is truly living up to its reputation as a great spot for high
end Italian dining in the Back Bay. Highly recommended.