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Don Luca Report

EmilyW | Sep 13, 2002 01:23 PM

I did a search of this board, and it seems that no one has reported on Don Luca on Smith St. The restaurant has been there for a couple of years.

Don Luca specializes in tapas, and it has a number of other items on the menu. We had tapas and sangria.

The sangria was servicable, but not memorable. I do think that it was rather powerful, which might account for the fact that the restaurant is still around.

Two of the tapas ordered are usually my favorite: grilled squid and bacon wrapped dates. The squid were cooked to the point where the tentacles were carbonized. I was expecting to bite in and have meat in the middle, but it was blackened all the way through. The bacon was also burned, so instead of the wonderful sweet/salty, soft/crunchy texture one expects, it was sweet/char.

We ordered potatoes in tomato sauce as well. While not as bad as the above two items, the sauce was thin, slightly sweet, with delicate undertones of aluminum can. Not my favorite. The salad we ordered was a bit overdressed but otherwise good. The greens were fresh and crisp.

We did not stay for dessert. I'd also like to note that, while the service was friendly, it seemed that the management had set up an office at the rear of the dining room. Not the most pleasant thing for ambiance.

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