We were super excited to try A La Lucia. We are new to the area and love local restaurants. We had high hopes. Upon arrival, we were welcomed warmly. The ambience is great--cozy, Italian-themed, but not tacky. Our server was attentive. The other patrons appeared affluent with lots of repeat customers. The complementary bruschetta was tasty. My husband and I both ordered the prix fixe--3 courses for $38. We both started with the fried calamari. The portions were generous (enough to share), but the batter was a bit greasy and not flavorful. That could have been passable but the marinara dipping sauce was also unflavorful. A bit of heat, garlic, salt, or spice was warranted. For our main meals, I had the fettuccine with tomatoes, garlic, and spinach; my husband had the black ink squid pasta. Again, portions were generous, but again, the plates lacked flavor and salt. The food was terribly bland. The fettuccine needed a red pepper or basil or oregano--and salt. The black ink squid pasta had white wine, but lacked a bite. It needed capers or red pepper or something to offset the shellfish and the bland broth. For dessert, we had the chocolate cake, layered with chocolate mousse with a side of gelato and the tiramisu. The tiramisu was solid. The gelato was exceptional. The chocolate cake was a bit dry, despite the mousse layers. The meal (with 4 glasses of wine, total) was $119. For the simplicity of the meal and the preparations, the price seemed a bit high. Had the food been more elevated, the price would have been expected. We truly wanted to love the place--and might be back for a glass of wine, since the spot is truly comfortable and cozy, but sadly, we likely won't be back to dine.