Casa Luca
Casa Luca

Casa Luca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.casalucadc.com/
  • Phone: 2026281099x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon – Thur 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
    Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
    Sat 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Open Sundays 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Fabio Trabocchi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking for dinner only
A word from Casa Luca
Casa Luca is Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s casual osteria celebrating the rustic spirit and traditional recipes of the Marche region of Italy. Whether you are hosting a family event, enjoying a date night, or a working a power lunch, Casa Luca offers many choices to customize your meal.

Casa Luca has unique Italian wines on tap (available nowhere else!) and a cellar selection from Italy, Spain and California. Our approach to wine is accessibility, quality and variety to encourage unfettered enjoyment. Our bar features beers on tap, cocktails a large selection of classic Italian amari – including Varnelli and Meletti, both from Le Marche – and other digestivi, as well as grappa and many other Italian liqueurs.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Casa Luca reviews from OpenTable diners
287 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (182)special occasion (110)notable wine list (70)neighborhood gem (69)great for lunch (68)great for outdoor dining (67)romantic (58)good for groups (55)hot spot (42)vibrant bar scene (33)kid-friendly (26)late-night find (13)great for brunch (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • luv2lunch
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I always enjoy lunch at Casa Luca. Good variety, innovative specials and delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Late Nght Spot
    DSergiVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is a great little late night find. We arrived at 10:30 and it was obvious that we were the last table to be seated. However we were never rushed by the attentive staff and were made to feel very welcome. The anti pasta was average with a limited selection of meat- mortadella. The cheeses were nicely aged and the tomato and mozarella was decent. The wine list is limited but well chosen
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Was in DC for a convention and walked over from hotel. What a lucky walk that turned out to be. Was a really nice evening so was able to sit outside. Bruschetta - awesome. We shared two small pastas - the Ravioli San Leo - really, really good. I couldn have ate an entire portion myself. The other was Fusilli with burrata - very good but I still dream of the ravioli. Also split monkfish, very nice. Went with the cheese for dessert which is always a good bet. Service was excellent as well. Oh, and someone at the table next to ours ordered the squid ink pasta, and it looked like he was really enjoying it. Too bad my dinning mate was alergic or I would have ordered that!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great every time! Never fails to surpass even the last visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion
    MamaRVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were in from L.A. for the weekend and celebrated my husband's birthday at Casa Luca. They brought us a delicious dessert, and 2 glasses of their special Raspberry 'Cello, all on the house. Very attentive staff, too. Will definitely return when in DC again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just great place, had dinner at bar
    Edu1956
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food and service was excellent!!the bar tender was friendly...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OmarVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great restaurant. Another one of Fabio's marvelous places. We went for lunch and my wife and I loved it. The food was just fantastic, the paperdelle with duck sauce a real treat. The risotto very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great ambience
    Bill
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was spectacular, and the lighting was also really good. It made for a very nice dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'm a regular!
    BacciVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My favorite spot for lunch and dinner. The service is perfect - well trained and knowledgable staff. The food is flavorable, very well presented and drives you to come back. I had the grilled branzino - flacky, nicely seasoned on a bed of sauted greens - perfect portion for lunch. I will be back to enjoy another meal by Chef Fabio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a really nice restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have now been to Casa Luca twice for lunch and both times the food was impeccable - seasonal, so tasty -- and the service was great! I had the lovliest green salad with thin slices of stone fruit, pistachio and decadent spaghetti carbonara the most recent time, and a wedge of the chard tart and zucchini in a fresh tomato sauce the first time. Both meals were just delicious! Sorry my office is moving further away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the food and would go back
    jweinstein
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We requested a table where we could have conversation & were seated in a lovely quiet room in the back.Waiter recommended a great red wine that we enjoyed, but surprised there was no pinot noir on the list. The piece of white pre-sliced bread that was served was lack luster and cold no butter or olive oil was served with it.We looked at each other hoping the food would be better.The food was excellent!We ordered blanco pizza, lobster & farrow salad,Summer Misto salad,Seafood polenta for 2 & Potato gnocchi w/duck confit.The cannoli was outstanding & so was the Gelato.Unfortunately the coffees & Cappuccinos were cold, we sent them back & came back cold. We still loved our dinner and would go back.They need to work on the bread and the coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable service & delicious!
    Agpe2578
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Rarely are we happy with both the service and quality of food at Washington area restaurants. Casa Luca delivers! We ventured out for dinner with a two month old baby and the manager, staff, and hostess were incredibly accommodating to our needs given the little one (a table outside--the restaurant was packed and a bit too noisy) and friendly. The dinner was wonderful--I enjoyed a cold gazpacho soup with fried squash blossoms, and we split a delectable ravioli san leo with a zesty lemon flavor. The meat and fish entrees were wonderful too! Thank you Casa Luca for a wonderful meal, we'll be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a Pleasure
    ProntomacVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We visit Casa Luca about every six weeks or so and thoroughly enjoy the bar when it is not too crowded, and always dinner at their many nice tables. The senior staff and servers are all professional and engaged with the customers, and the restaurant manager is on the spot with everything. We enjoyed pasta selections and a variety of smaller dishes so we could eat "tapas" style. Everything was great as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious cuisine & great service!
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a "pasta tasting" – with half portions of all the delicious, varied homemade pasta dishes. Each was tasty but the melt-in-your mouth gnocchi & heavenly gnocchi were true standouts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Vicky
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I were visiting DC and search for an Italian restaurant close to our hotel and Casa Luca was first on the list. The place was okay, we didn't dress up for dinner since we just came back from our tour. The place is beautiful but the tables are too close to each other that you can hear the conversation of the people sitting next to you. The food was okay but a little bit pricey for the serving size, menu is limited. We were not happy with the waiter, he didn't come and check on us during the course of dinner, but he did to the other 2 tables next to us. Overall, not happy.
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  • Beeauuutifuuul
    tomPVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been at Casa Luca in all seasons but I think in the Summer when they match their menu to the season beautifully, I think my favorite. Their food is absolutely excellent but also the presentation, the colors- the deep red of the peach, dark green of the avocado is more pronounced than at other spots. This time sat outside, and I note even at fine restaurants in the city, the level of service decreases when you sit outside. At Casa Luca the other day, the service was excellent. There are lots of good Italian restaurants in this town at the moment, but Casa Luca is a "Gem".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casa Luca Review
    tcs112
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Service was friendly and attentive. The food was great - pasta cooked perfectly al dente and dishes were traditional, but also had a unique element and flavor mixed in to make it more modern. One of the best Italian places I've been to in DC.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous dinner once again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This was only our second time for dinner here but certainly won't be our last! Another rare break from summer heat and humidity allowed us to sit outside which was delightful. My husband had the caeser salad,which is a different take on the ordinary caeser , very unique and delicious. I had the heirloom tomatoes with stracciatella and pesto, wonderful! Entrees were the Branzino for him and the pasta puttanesca for me. The fish was cooked perfectly and presented beautifully, my pasta was perfect. We had the same server as before, Diaz, who is fantastic! Very knowledgeable, professional, and a delightful personality. We also talked quite a bit to the manager Josue who is very interesting, a hard working young man that does whatever it takes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bunbury
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The house-made pastas are superior, as are the seasonal starters. Ambience is bright and pleasant --not cozy, with outdoor seating. Service was helpful and personable. One mistake was that the second course arrived before we had finished the first, which us reeled rushed. Without a word from us, the staff responded smoothly with on-the-house 'cellos. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reasonable, but not stellar!
    johnnyo
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Noisy, decent food, service a little lacking... Atmosphere was noisy- seems the trend though. Food was pretty good- we had a free app b/c they needed to move us, and the app was AWESOME actually. Wish I knew what it was! The Gnocchi was good- a "bit" bland and a "bit" too soft and squishy, but good. The meatball app was great, the other food was great. Service was a bit lacking, and almost seemed bugged we were there. Not forgot about, but left wondering how to get a refill, etc. Wouldn't shy away from a future visit, wouldn't go out of my way though either.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superior Evening
    Lovetoentertain
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Dishes tantalize your taste buds. Extravagant ambience with an extremely affordable cost. Outstanding service, absolutely gorgeous restaurant and bar. Love this gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great italian food
    Bella1982
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food here was amazing. We did family style for most of our dishes and it was very good. The wine was also deliscious. I recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italianfoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Overall, I rate Casa Luca with 4 stars. I have frequented the restaurant for lunch, but the other night was our first dinner reservation. It was a Saturday and the restaurant was quite busy. The food was very good, but what was troubling me as I reflected on the evening was how the waiter (who was very nice, helpful and courteous) seldom visited our table once our order was taken. I felt - where was the follow-up? Don't get me wrong - there was good overall service by others, but I had to ask for a big spoon for my pasta after I was told it was coming and I had to ask for parmesan cheese. These are little things, but I noticed them and it led me to my original question - what role does (or should) the waiter play with his customers?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food and service
    KLDV
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Some of the best of both I've had in DC. High quality ingredients and some interesting twists. Warm, helpful, and extremely flexible--friendly but not smarmy. Also not oppressively loud like so many restaurants, though we did go early.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and food
    Oriole68
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    First time at this place and was meeting a colleague for lunch. Arrived early so I sat at the bar where a friendly bartender waited on me. When my colleague arrived the bartender offered to transfer the tab. The waiter was helpful and made some suggestions. My colleague is a vegan and they made modifications to accommodate her needs. Food was exceptional, Risotto was perfect and sincere is was my first visit the Maître de stopped by twice to check on us and brought us sample dessert on the house. Couldn't have been better. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not What we Expected
    SparkyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    May be July 5 was an off day for the kitchen (and the surely waiter) but most of the dishes we had were mediocre at best. July 5 is the restaurant's "birthday" and the menu stated that special food and drinks would be featured but this was news to the wait staff as none were available. The branzino was quite good and well prepared while the monkfish was not. We ordered the ravioli which the waiter recommended as one of the best dishes on the menu and were greatly disappointed. The sauce that accompanied the ravioli was thick and had a strong objectionable taste that masked the taste of the ravioli. The two deserts were quite good.Overall, a great disappointment and a proof that high cost does not necessarily mean great food.
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  • Underwhelming and under-seasoned
    Outonthetown
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I was looking forward to trying out this restaurant based on reviews but was left underwhelmed. My salad had great ingredients but was unbalanced, and the pasta was under-seasoned, and not flavorful. Something was lacking in the execution. The same went for all of my friend's dishes. Service was uneven, but the hostess was quite solicitous in the end, which was a welcomed gesture. I hope that it was just an off night for the restaurant.
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  • Hors Serie
    CharlestonianAtHeart
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food is indeed excellent, but the service is what earns this restaurant five-stars. The staff is most attentive yet discreet. I have dined there with friends twice over the past two weeks, and both hostesses recalled our preferences and unpretensiously offered recommendations. Both times we were served complimentary appetizers; the first time an "amuse bouche," the second a full cutting board of excellent "fumerie" and cheeses. A lovely place to dine for a reasonable price.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant overall.
    mms37
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Cod dishes were delicious, as was everything else. My guests lived the passion fruit sorbet.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casa Luca and Fiola
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I am a Trabocchi fan, like Fiola very much and just had had a marvelous brunch at Fiola Mare. So scheduled a birthday lunch for myself at Casa Luca. Having just returned from cooking class in the Piemonte region of Italia I was looking forward to a return to amazing Italian food. The aroma in my risotto fiori di zucca with pork was amazing and the risotto portion of the dish with zucchini pieces and pork was fragrante and tasty with fab aromas. The blossom however had not been fried correctly so it oozed oil into the risotto. I explained my disappointment to one of the staff who came to the outside tables and unasked took it off the bill! Highly recommend great food and also because that was a great reaction to my note to CL.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Rosetta Stone, Anyone?
    silenceisgoldenVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We love the food in Casa Luca, but this time we were not completely satisfied with the service. Our waiter seemed scattered-- it took repeated requests to get an extra spoon and some questions answered. In addition, he mispronounced some key Italian words, among them the name of Casa Luca's chef/owner!! Perhaps the wait staff would benefit from some quickie Italian lessons?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BirthdayVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Went for an early dinner to celebrate my mom's birthday. We couldn't have asked for a better celebration! They were knowledgeable, recommended fantastic dishes, and were always around when you needed something. Its was great!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening!
    SueKVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food - great! Service - outstanding! Wine - delicious! And we were sitting in an area of the restaurant where we were comfortable and could hear each other without yelling. We will definitely return .....
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to dine.
    Pascal
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Always great food. I have been to this place lunch and dinner. The good is always superb.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    In town for 4 days and stumbled on this place. Food was excellent as was the service!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    out2dine
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Went with my 15 yo son who was not feeling too well. Waiter and manager thought he was not eating what he ordered because he did not like it so they brought him an additional dish. They kept coming over to check on us. Service was great...food excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Italian
    CalifAtty
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Our group loved everything about Casa Luca. The house cocktails were great. My gnocchi was incredibly good. My son-in-law had the lamb and gave it rave reviews. The best Italian restaurant we've eaten at in years!
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expertly prepared gems
    Perennialp
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Choosing what to eat from this fantastic menu proved daunting, so with just two of us, we elected to maximize our options by choosing small plates and portions of pasta. We were rewarded handsomely. The small plates of cherries, stracciatella and toasted hazelnuts; grilled corn, prosciutto and mint; and mixed salad of stone fruit with radish, pine nuts and robiola d'alba were fresh off the farm and beautifully paired. The pastas of fusilli with burrata and pepper, pappardelle "telefono" and trenette nero were perfectly prepared, and featured simple but glorious flavor combinations. With a wine list that included several selections of surprisingly strong $28 wines, we shared a special night out without feeling guilty about the price.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's Great
    JohnL
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great food and service. Will definitely attend again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent authentic Italy
    lou07VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    After four trips to Casa Luca I feel very confident in recommending it. Reminds me of meals I had in Tuscany. Only fresh, high quality ingredients. Sophisticated but not stuffy, beautiful decor. Staff seemed to mesh together calmly for excellent service including Josue and manager Sarah. The lamb shoulder was cooked perfectly, the burrata melts in your mouth, and the appetizer Luca Antipasto Misto is always different and delicious. Gather at the bar first and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate