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La Buca on Melrose (long)

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La Buca on Melrose (long)

annalulu | Feb 4, 2005 11:08 PM

Oh Heaven!! This place was great! Had read a few good things, but it's a chore to get the husband to agree to Italian, so finally, we made it there.

Word of warning, VERY small room and it was booked with reservations for all of Friday night. I called at 6PM and they squeezed us in at 7, saying we'd have to be done around 8:30 for another party. No problem!

While we ate, many "drop ins" were turned away, a shame because it looked like some reservations weren't coming. but it's all about timing in the restaurant biz so they did what they had to do.

on to the food!

They post the daily specials online, and as soon as I saw Mezze Penne alla Belga $ 13.95
(mezze penne in cream sauce with bacon, endive
and Worchester sauce) I knew tonight was the night to go. Others were raving about the Burrata Veneta $ 15.95 (Burrata cheese on a bed of arrugola,
organic cherry tomato, bresaola, sopressata,
peppered salame, prosciutto di Parma and avocado) but it sounded too rich for me.
I started with Insalata Primavera (mixed baby greens, tomato and fresh mozzarella) $ 8.95 and their fresh bread to dip in a spicy tomato/olive oil dip. So good! Fresh lemonade was great and FREE refills (so rare with real lemonade.) It was tart, not too sweet, really delightful. Husband had ravioli in mushroom sauce, it was pure mushroom, so good and not too rich.

Finished up with a shared Tiramisu, home made and one of the best I've ever had.

they serve no beer or wine, not sure on the corkage fee, but every table brought their own wine, so it can't be too high.

My new fave Italian place! I'm so excited!

Link: http://www.labuca.net/

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