I wrote about Luce awhile ago, but thought that it deserved its own full write up.
You already know that the restaurant is large and casual, nice enough for dinner but relaxed enough for a family brunch – just a great neighborhood spot. And I told you about the addictive sundried spread. How about the rest of the food?
Serviceable. No more, no less. Fresh veggies, a big serving, and some really soft, wonderfully salty but not bitter anchovies.
However, the dressing is bland. Like – really, truly, crazily bland. It doesn’t even taste overly gloppy or mayonnaise-y. It just tastes…like water.
I was craving some lettuce. And I got it.
Endive, fennel, mushrooms, artichokes and hearts of palm salad with shaved Parmesan
If I loved this salad any more, I would actually have to marry it.
It’s so simple and at the same time, interesting. Bitter endive, meaty hearts of palm, creamy artichokes, crunchy fennel, and delicate, woodsy mushrooms in a light, acidic dressing. The Parmesan is thickly shaved and adds a necessary hit of salt to the dish. If you are a salad lover, you are totally going to love this. You get something different in each bite and the ingredients all work together instead of competing withe one another.
Perfect. Each mussel arrives open and sweet, juicy, and soft. I have rarely had a bowl of mussels where literally every single one is open. This is a spicy, garlicky, overtly tomatoey sauce – just the kind I like. It’s filling but not greasy or overly salty. It’s just super satisfying with a slice of the accompanying bread. It’s listed as an appetizer but it’s really an ideal main dish.
Parmesan chicken with lemon, peas, and artichokes
This disappeared so quickly that I didn’t’ even get a taste. Guess it was good, then?
Luce is a really great neighborhood spot. It’s reasonably priced, never too crowded, and the staff is prompt. Best of all, the food is really tasty.
Tasty enough to deserve a post of its own.