Casa Luca in Washington, D.C., offers guests a menu filled with rustic meals that reflect the traditional fare of the Marche region of Italy. The dining area is casual enough for a workday lunch, but elegant enough for a date night and the owners of Casa Luca work hard to ensure that everyone feels welcomed. All of the dishes served are meant to be shared among your party.
Begin your meal at Casa Luca with starters like cured meat and cheese platters, followed by main dishes like homemade pastas, seafood and meat dishes. Dessert at Casa Luca includes house made sorbet and gelato, as well as a refreshing glass of limoncello.
Trabocchi never disappoints! Food, service, cocktails were all excellent--that's why this is one of my favorite restaurants in DC, hands-down!
Food is great, as expected, but the bar is slow when you're already seated for dinner. It's better to order a pre-dinner cocktail from the bar and then get seated.
Waited 10 minutes after being seated for anyone to acknowledge out party. Main course arrived just moments after our salad arrived. We sent our main courses back to the kitchen. The manager apologized and said he would have something for us at the end of our meal, and then we never received any courtesy and never saw the manager again.
The food was very good, particularly the Summer Salad which was incredible. Service was warm and attentive. It was an expensive meal but a delicious one.
Great service, good food, no surprises but steady. Every dish is well executed.
The restaurant has pleasant employees and the food is good, but expensive, as a brunch.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening here. The wait staff were incredibly helpful. Our waiter recommended a wine only to find that they didn't have it in stock. The restaurant then suggested another wine and offered it to us at the same price as the one we'd selected. The food was delicious and the portions were generous. The noise level was very tolerable and ebbed as the Friday evening went on - a pleasant and uncommon surprise for a DC restaurant!
Service was outstanding, dessert was memorably delicious
This was our second experience with Casa Luca and it was not a disappointment. I think the service was even better the second time around and I especially appreciated the attention the staff gave to me on my birthday. I chose the salmon for dinner but due to the extremely hot weather my appetite which is normally robust was smaller due to the heat. I could not eat as much of the delicious meal as I would have like and no less the four people came to ask if I liked my salmon. It was perfect and I was a bit overwhelmed at the attention paid to me. The birthday card and cake was just wonderful and it was the perfect place to celebrate.
The food was fabulous. The service was spotty. Never refilled waters and tea and as soon as we were done with the entree, we were ignored. Took a long time to bring the check even after asking for it. And I expected the food to be expensive and it was worth it. But a $7 bottle water, esp. when it was "pushed" on us when they asked if we wanted ice water or sparkling water. Really?
We could have chosen any of the best restaurants in DC to celebrate our anniversary, including the two other wonderful restaurants in the Fiola family, but we chose Casa Luca based on our previous positive experiences there and the unique combination of relaxation and fine dining it offers. First, the food was wonderful, as one would expect from one of Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s restaurants and Executive Chef Erin Clarke's hands. The unique take and presentation of their spicy chilled gazpacho was a great starter, as was the summer garden salad. That night we swerved away from our usual favorite shared course of their wonderful lobster and farrow salad to enjoy an equally tasty Tonno e Fagioli. We will have to alternate between these two from now on because both are memorable. Because it was a night to over-indulge, we split a pasta course of the chef's unique frutti di mare in Puttanesca sauce called Trenette of Smoked Paprika--and that spice figures boldly in the pasta itself, which makes for a wonderfully rich base for some fresh shrimp and clams. For the main course, I chose the Branzino al Forno while my wife went for the Wild Alaskan Ivory King Salmon, both of which were exceptionally well cooked and presented. Yes, we were slowing down and taking some leftovers home by then, but it was our anniversary so we soldiered on to a shared dessert. That night it was a slice of their Cioccoloto di Piemotese, a surprisingly light chocolate gianduja. Delightful! but no surprise, since all of Claudia Bruni's desserts we've shared there (and we've tried them all) have been memorable.
All this said, great as the meal was, the service stood just as tall. Sommelier RJ Arnold deftly and enthusiastically guided us through the formidable wine list and the servers were uniformly excellent.
Our seat beyond the bar area was ideal for an intimate evening. The food, the people and the place all delivered just what we wanted on a special night. Grazie mille!
We were really looking forward to experiencing Casa Luca but were deeply disappointed with the lack of service. Our server just disappeared and only made an appearance at the end. We had to wave other servers for orders, water, and our bill. The restaurant was not busy at all and the lack of attendance cannot be excused. They were all gathered in the backroom.
We were there at lunchtime on our anniversary, and they were very sweet to acknowledge that by bringing two glasses of pro secco to the table when we were seated. The service here is always great. Today it was excellent-- informative, attentive, but not intrusive.
We hit some gems on the menu. Hugely recommend the Lobster farro salad. Got it in an entree size, and it was perfect for a hot day. A rich farro salad made with a seafood broth and topped with lobster, balanced with lightly dressed micro greens.
The sangria was fantastic. For dessert -- If you want real cannoli made in-house, theirs is great. So many places fill up the cannoli equivalent of a store-bought ice cream cone and call it cannoli. Casa Luca makes their own shells, tops them with a little chocolate and a dusting of pistachio. It was fresh and very good.
Wonderful service and terrific food. Can't say enough!
We went for brunch for my birthday and they forgot my dessert. I received an apologetic call and a super kind offer to return. We went for dinner on my actual birthday and had an amazing meal. The manager & maitre D' came by to check on us & we had coffee, tea, 2 desserts PLUS a birthday dessert on them. They really went above and beyond. Other restaurants could learn a few things from them!
Food was ordinary, nothing special. Wondering if the chef had a night off. Expected much more from what I read about the restaurant.