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Luckless Luciano's


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Luckless Luciano's

galleygirl | May 28, 2004 09:42 PM

I address you all with a heavy heart. It's sad when a restaurant you're dying to try ends up being a major disappointment, but it happened to me tonight...I'd put off trying Luciano's for one reason or other, but the beacon of grilled octopus loomed bright on the horizon, tantalizing my imagination...Octopus is my raison d'être, and Luciano's was one i hadn't tried....So, the Commodore and I set out for East Cambridge tonite...

Decor; much like my beloved O Fado; clean, spare, without O Fado's blue and white tiles, but, okay...Almost empty, also like O Fado, but that means nothing, as we have seen ;)..

The menu; ahhh, the desired grilled octopus, and a serviceable vinho verde for $3 a glass...The Commodore chose the ribs...I tried to steer him toward the goat, but it was stewed, and he prefers grilled, or barbecued goat (Hey, at least he has a goat preference!)...

Great, heavy Portuguese bread, kinda like Jewish corn-rye, with a little sweetness...1/2 hour passes, no food..Hey, only one other party in the place, and they were already eating...More time, we get a comp dish of yucca fritta....Hey, hey, hey, I love fried yucca, and I heard theirs was good. I heard wrong...Totally indistinguishable from fried potato...Where is the sweet juiciness that yucca means to me, the slight carmelization that happens on the edges of a thick wedge of deep-fried goodness? The fried Yucca kings at Rincon Limeno can rest easy in their crown...TC didn't even finish his...Yep, he added olive oil and pepper. He still didn't care...

Another 25 minutes or so, and our food arrives...I didn't even think I got the right order, because it looked like no octopus I'd ever seen...Under a coating of shredded carrot, cilantro and olive oil, lay a curled rosette of octopus that had no resemblance to the lanquid, leggy beast I anticipated..It did have a taste of charcoaL, but it had the strangest texture...A quick cross-section revealed the honeycombing of a cephalopod frozen too long, and microwave defrosted too quickly...Slight charcoal taste, bad texture..Actually, it was tender, but spongey, and without the fatty richness, trademark of an octo....How sad...TC said it tasted like shrimp...Even the potatoes were watery!!!! How could you boil potatoes for too long???

I have no idea what his ribs were, and, in all honesty, I certainly didn't expect them to be "ribs", as we think of them...Judging by the size, and the consistancy, it looked like bone-in short ribs broiled...

We weren't happy...The sad thing is, he was so dissappointed in this quasi-Portuguese meal, that i don't know WHEN I'll be able to coerce him into going to O Fado, for some kick-ass pork and octopus... It was a low point of my life as a hound....I know, and you guys know, that occassionally, you have to take one for the team, but my credibility took a major hit tonight...If I wanted to try a second time, he refuses to go back with me...And to be perfectly honest, there's too much really good stuff up the street, not to mention GREAT in Peabody....


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