Denver >Food & Dining > Luca D'italia
711 Grant St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020339.727484 -104.983632
Tuesday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Southeast Denver
Avoid...... Very Disappointing........ Will NEVER Go Again!! – Recently went to Luca D'italia for a friend's birthday dinner...... The food quality was marginal at best, the portions were tiny, the server continued to interrupt conversations every time she approached the table, it took forever to get the check and dinner was COMPLETELY overpriced...... Will NEVER go again!!!
Very Bland, Not Worth the trip – My friend and I went here for dinner. Our server was mediocre at best. He did not know what was on the tasting menu at all, did not know the three sorbets and only once did he top off our wine(we did it the rest of the time). This is unacceptable at a restaurant that bills itself as one of the best in Denver. my friend had the octopus appetizer and while there was nothing wrong with it, the sauce was the only flavor. The meat was bland (you will realize this is a theme throughout the meal). I had the Tuna Carpaccio appetizer and it fell very flat. The fish was gooey and tasteless. My friend then got the Lobster Ravioli...again no flavor, three small ravioli with probably the tiniest lobster claw I have ever seen in the middle. I had the Halibut. It was perfectly cooked, but it should be at this type of restaurant. It had a nice crust, but no flavor. It was on a bed of corn chowder and fresh tomato. These ingredients did not mesh with the dish at all. The fresh tomato completely detracted from the fish and the chowder bed. The wine recommended by the bartender was excellent. The reason for two stars--I expect something better out of a place that gets written up everywhere and touts itself as something special. Get creative, add some flair and flavor or why bother.
Fabulous! – My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Luca and it was fabulous. As requested, they reserved us a great little table by the window. The treated us like honored guests on our special day. It could not have been more memorable. We did the tasting menu paired with wine and the pace of the courses and the wine pairings were great. We had many wines we would have never selected on our own. What a fun experience. The only negative is that there may have been too much food. One of the best in Denver - or anywhere.
Molto Bene! – This is hands down the BEST Italian themed restaurant in town! Unbelievable food, great set up with the appetizer size pastas, so I can try pastas and still have an entree. The service is excellent and very knowledgeable. Wine list is a plus!
Harvest week at Luca – Luca D?Italia
Inventive great tasting Northern Italian food. This restaurant alongside Mizuna provides 2 of the best restaurants Denver has to offer. We visited during harvest week and had the special tasting menu and from start to finish the meal was a delight! If you would like to see pictures and much more info on the meal feel free to check out our blog at www.milehigheater.blogspot.c om
Vegetarians beware! – We like this restaurant, but unfortunately the last time was much more special.
It is very charming when a restaurant offers an amuse bouche, but not polite when a vegetarian is immediately presented with sausage and must pass it to his dining partner in front of the server. The bread basket is very generous but is served with a spread of "lardo." Yes, bread with lard. Authentic? Probably. Vegetarian friendly? Most certainly not. Even the meat-eating person in our duo wouldn't touch it. Our first course was delicious, but when the second course came, again, a dish covered in sausage. We asked to see the menu, and it turned out that the server ordered the wrong dish for us. The correct dish was brought out quickly, but was in an appetizer size, three very small ravioli, rather than the dinner size (at least I HOPE that was the appetizer size). Everyone was very polite, and they went so far as to buy our desert for us, but one of us left feeling hungry. We'll eat at Luca D'Italia again because of the friendliness and charm of the location but will be speaking louder when naming a vegetarian at the table.
Best place I have found – After dining at several local hyped restaurants, I decided to go to one of Denver's few restaurants that consistently garnishes great reviews. I was not disappointed. The service was by far the most polished I have seen in town, both for service and suggestions. The menu here is inspired, with obvious great passion behind it. The salumi plate, a testament to the skill of the "in house" philosophy of preparation, was varied and delicious. Next were the pastas. Having been repeatedly disappointed by pastas offered in Denver, my hopes weren't too high. However, after sharing and ordering a third pasta, my girlfriend and I whole-heartedly agreed these were the best we've tried. The delicate butternut squash agnolotti and the simple, but perfect seafood lasagnette were our favorites. We decided on veal and beef for dinner, nothing crazy. We were rewarded with two red meat dishes that were better than those found at a lot of steak houses in town and actually arrived with great sides and sauces, especially the veal. Dessert was beyond our limits, so we just enjoyed the rest of our wine which, by the way, was suggested by Luca's very knowledgeable sommelier. We can't wait to return to Luca.
Completely overrated – Perhaps this was once an interesting, excellent place to eat but when we went one Friday night before Christmas, I was totally underwhelmed. The service was rather condescending and the ambience is decidedly 90's and snoozy. Frankly, the menu was way overpriced and lacking in some fundamentals. For example, I like to begin or end my dinner with a simple, mixed greens salad. Not only was this option not listed on the menu, but the server told us that it was impossible to make one for me. The other salad options included things I didn't want and would have been too big or heavy to have with a meal, so I didn't have a salad at all. Secondly, although my risotto was very well done, I really don't feel as though the menu has enough options. And it's certainly not traditional Italian, so I don't quite understand the inference in the name. Overall, I found it lacking in authenticity, selection and ambience and everything is really overpriced. We won't return.
unbelievable artisan Italian – We just tried the halibut and bacala and rabbit--shared a gnochi. Unusual flavor combinations, unexpectedly good. Dined in front of the open window to the kitchen, so it felt like we had a little cooking show with dinner. Server was well informed and attentive; som guided us through an all-Italian list to a perfect pairing. We'll be back.
Nothing special – We recently dined at Luca and experienced an average meal, nothing special. The pasta dishes were OK and the sauce was overwhelming on both dishes. The rabbit was delicious and well prepared. The lamb dish was very small portion and was favorless! The wine was fantastic, but a little pricey. We skipped dessert and basically wrote off the restaurant for any future returns. There are plenty of excellent restaurants in Denver and I think they need to step it up...
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