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Luca Italian Kitchen

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Brian and I finally got to try Luca Italian Kitchen in Old Town Square. We had dinner there with Jan and Janet before going to Suede on Friday night.

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I was really impressed with our server Lauren. She was bubbly and seemed very knowledgeable. The serving team also did a good job of attending to us and making sure that our water glasses were never empty.

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We started with the Burrata and prosciutto antipasti platter. I have never had Burrata before and Brian loves prosciutto and he loves cheese (almost any kind of cheese) so that was a good starter for us. Prosciutto and cheese are two of Brian’s favorite things. Along with wine and cigars.

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I had a cup of minestrone next. It was unremarkable and had very mild flavor. Honestly, I’ve had better minestrone at other places.

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Brian and I split a Carnivora, their all-meat pizza, so we wouldn’t over-eat. Well, mostly so that I wouldn’t over-eat because we know what happens when I stuff myself with too much food. =P

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The Carnivora is on the lunch menu, but not on the dinner menu. However, they will make it for you if you ask nicely and agree to pay the dinner up-charge. LOL.

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Jan had some kind of giant ravioli dish.

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Janet had the tortellacci special. I couldn’t get a good picture of it though because she was sitting farthest from me. This is the best that I could do. Anyway, for those unfamiliar with tortellacci, it’s like tortellini (small) and tortelloni (bigger) but larger. I guess they like to do things BIG at Luca. 😉

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Jan had the profiteroles for dessert. It’s basically just a fancy way of saying cream puffs. LOL. Brian and I shared a creme brulee, which was surprisingly good.

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I was taking quite a risk that night by having appetizer, soup, pizza and dessert all in one sitting. Thankfully, I didn’t pass out. LOL. I think the fact that I opted not to order a pasta dish helped.

Here are my thoughts about Luca. The food was good and the service was good. I really liked Lauren. She was pleasant and professional. The ambiance was nice and romantic, which could be partially attributed to the dim lighting. The tables are set nicely also. When I first walked in, my first impression was that this would be a nice place for a romantic date.

They must not get a lot of short customers though, because the mirror is the restroom is set really high. I couldn’t even see my face when I was brushing my teeth after dinner. I always have to brush my teeth after I eat so I can wear my braces. It’s unpleasant to wear them if your teeth aren’t completely clean. That, and they’ll be stinky.

I bring my own mouthwash with me, but I noticed that they have some in the restroom. That was really nice. The little mouthwash cups are convenient for brushing your teeth because it’s kind of a pain to have to use your hands to scoop water to your mouth for rinsing. So anyway, even if you don’t plan on brushing your teeth after dinner, you can at least use the mouthwash to freshen your breath for that post-dinner makeout session with your date.

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Luca isn’t a place that I’d want to eat at all the time. Well, for one, we shouldn’t be eating out all the time anyway. That’s what got us fat to start with. But it’s definitely a place where I’d take a date if I were single and dating. I can’t guarantee that it will get you laid, unless you order a bottle of wine (or two) with dinner. However, if your date is amenable to a goodnight kiss, at least it will be pleasant and minty fresh. 😉

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