Restaurants & Bars

DENVER Luca d'Italia

william husted III | Mar 27, 2003 01:47 PM

hit luca last week and had an interesting dinner. fairly large cheap-end wine list of all-Italian "guilty until proven innocent" wines. Problem number one, like all over Denver, can't trust the wait staff to know anything about the food or the wine. nice and friendly, to be sure, but not pro waiters for sure. This,again, is hardly unique to Luca and as such is not an indictment.

Mayonnaise based Caesar is not something I would order again, pastas look good. entrees were a lemon picata thing that was a breast / leg combo so it appears. was pronounced tasty by dining companion - also tried the roast lamb, which appeared to be a shanky-like piece or dark leg piece with no bone and rolled in its skin - served with a Barolo sauce - very very rich dish - over-powered my watery Italian wine - overall, fair prices
chix $17 / lamb $19 - salad $7 - watery wine $35

I would return most definitely and wanted to report on the inaugural voyage - appetizers and pastas look to be very interesting - charcuterie here and there - I will return and hope that my Italian roulette with the wine list doesn't come up with a bullet. Other than the fact that memories of the MSG -fest chinese place it used to be linger, it is a great effort by the boys and a much needed addition to denver's woeful choices for foodstuffs

one thing that looks damn good is wild boar ragu - pasta - I just had that two weeks ago at Lupa in NYC - the Mario Batali version is still fresh on my palate, will try next time.

several veal entrees - some fish dishes and a rabbit prepared three ways

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