Restaurant Talk: Lucia love

Oh, Lucia.

Oh my.

My, my my.

This place is superb. My superhero husband snagged reservations on opening weekend, and Lucia did not disappoint. We have waited and waited, and at long last, David Uygur’s rich, Italian menu came through in a big way.

We were greeted by his lovely wife Jennifer and a holiday-adorned antique mantelpiece and immediately fell in love with the homey vibe of Lucia. We knew right away that the impending culinary experience would have the unique warmth that is often associated with Italian restaurants.

I felt like I was in my Grandmother’s cozy Italian kitchen. Except she’s not Italian and doesn’t have darling blue bench seats, soft lighting, and a hand-cranked Italian pasta press like Lucia does.

The interior is gorgeous and rustic, filled with knickknacks and curios, lovely art, and relics that appear to be from the owner’s personal travels to Italy.

The pasta will make people go crazy.

Three words: Ravioli di zucca.

The winter squash ravioli with sage, butter and crushed amaretti landed on our table and it was terrific. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure I almost blacked out after my first bite.

We ended our meal with a sweet success.

The gnocchi de susine (aka plums) with brown butter gelato was an interesting end to our meal. I can’t pass up dessert and this sweet treat was a pleasant surprise.

If you’ve been dreaming of escaping to a neighborly, warm, local eatery, be sure to make your reservations at Lucia today by emailing info@luciadallas.com or calling 214.948.4998.


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  • Ellen

    I went and it was Delicious! Just perfect for a upper middle size suburb like Dallas. Let’s keep this gem away from the World Class Cities/Metropolis’ of the USA (Sorry Chicago, NYC, San Fran–you can’t have it!!!!)

  • Ellen

    A place likes this makes sense here in the OC. We really aren’t a big city like NYC, Chicago, etc. To be a big city you have to be Urban…we are nothing more than a “spread out suburb” . This place might not “fly” in the Chicagos, NYC’s, and Boston’s of the World but us (hicks:) we’ll take it any day. I’m on my way there!

  • Sandi

    Really, Advocate? I critique the “author” of this blog as “sub par” in her writing style and you censor me?? So much for giving the neighborhood a voice–sheesh!

  • Sandi

    The author needs to take a writing class. Not your best “hire” Advocate…..

  • Jake

    Yep. It was great. I can’t believe a restaurant of this quality is in OC. If you don’t know now you know.