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Lucca - 25 Reviews - 3449 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR - Pizza Restaurants Reviews - Phone (503) 287-7372

Lucca

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3449 NE 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97212
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(503) 287-7372
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Lucca - Portland, OR

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Best

I was in town for a sports event and had been told about Lucca and the amazing food. I was lucky to get a table. The atmosphere is great and the place just has a happy, friendly...

Worst

Lunch on Friday. Roasted squash soup with pesto was very good. However, both pizzas at our table tasted like cardboard; overcooked, (burnt on bottom)with scant toppings. Remind...

Lacking 3/7/2011

Finally given up on this restaurant after eating there regularly since its opening. There?s a lot to like about this place, great space (although very loud at times), outdoor seating in summer, we?ve enjoyed some nice food, their fish specials are usually good. But the service and management is frequently unhelpful and offhand. On entering the restaurant the host's desk is regularly unattended and one can be left waiting and unacknowledged for some time. All the wait staff seem constantly harried and on the run. There have been several instances when flatware hasn't been replaced after appetizers have been cleared from the table; entrees are hastily delivered and utensils arriving sometime later after a request, the entrees sitting, cooling in front of you as you wait for them to arrive. I?ve experienced difficulty in getting any useful information on the wines on their list, the most recent example in 12/10, when I asked what a particular Italian wine was like I was told it was was really yummy! This statement was followed by a great pause while the server tried to think of how else to describe it, couldn?t, so just said: Yeah, it?s really yummy, you?ll really like it. more

Upscale food in a relaxing atmosphere 3/1/2010

This is a restaurant not to be missed. The seasonal variety of the menu is a standout. The chef knows what he/she is doing with the combination of flavors and textures. The lamb was outstanding. Pros: Very interesting menu choices, service is polished Cons: The tables could be a bit more comfortable. more

Great place for pizza-plus 2/22/2010

I was in town for a sports event and had been told about Lucca and the amazing food. I was lucky to get a table. The atmosphere is great and the place just has a happy, friendly feel to it. My dinner was wonderful, I had the chicken. I look forward to coming back and trying another dish from the menu. I will be spreading the word to my friends. Pros: Best coffee and desserts. Cons: If I must come up with a con, it would be no salt shaker! more

Can't stay away 2/18/2010

I travel from SEA to PDX monthly and always have Lucca on my trip schedule. Whether its grabbing a table to meet with friends or sitting at the bar and watching the action, it's a can't-miss visit. Pros: Perfect pizza, good bartender more

Salty salty carbonarra! 1/11/2010

Yuk. We had a terrible meal on the 1/8/10. Ordered the carbonarra and it was horribly salty. The squash soup was bland and awful, too. I hope they haven't changed chefs because that will be there downfall! Pros: Ambiance Cons: Possible change in chefs more

Not worth a second visit 12/18/2009

Lunch on Friday. Roasted squash soup with pesto was very good. However, both pizzas at our table tasted like cardboard; overcooked, (burnt on bottom)with scant toppings. Reminded me of the cheap frozen pizzas we used to buy for the kid's parties. The pasta dish went half eaten. First and last visit. Pros: Decent service, waiter was attentive. Cons: Mediocre food more

Great food, service is the weak link 9/16/2009

I really love the atmosphere and the food, but apart from a few of their wait staff, the majority of their room service is seriously wanting. It's hard to imagine that in this economy it's hard to have a waitress that ignores a table for 15 mins or so on a mid-week night. I think after two really wanting nights at Lucca in 2 weeks, it's time for the owners to seriously review their service operations (note - it may not be the wait staff, but how they run the store) because poor service will drive us (and others) to other restaurants. OWNERS - PLEASE fix this problem, I really want to love your place, but at this rate, I'm going to stop coming and take my time, money, and stomach elsewhere (like RSB, where I actually get service); you need to spend time training and reinforcing the performance of your floor service staff. Pros: Great food Cons: Service is sophomoric, wait staff is not on their game more

Top Notch Service 8/22/2009

I ate at Lucca last night with a group of people and it was delicious! We had not eaten here before, our fellow diners have and they love it. I see why. The food was excellent, and the service was even better. We had an antipasto platter to start and salmon for dinner. Both of these dishes are not something I would normally order, but Dena, our waitress, described the food in such a descriptive and delicious way, my mouth was watering with every word she said, and I couldn't help but go with her recommendations. She was so pleasant, smiling, attentive and had a great sense of humour. she made a wonderful impression and completely changed the mood of one of our crabby friends dining with us. And the food was delicious! The salmon, King I think, was tender, moist and full of fresh flavor. It had fresh vegetables and an olive sauce that I've never had the likes of before! Dena said that the chef is a woman from San Francisco and she spoke of her as though she was as impressed with her cooking as we were. How refreshing to be served such great food by a person who obviously takes pride in the food she serves. I will be back! I should mention that ALL the service we received, from the girl who seated us to the man who refilled our waters, was very friendly. The people who work here obviously like their jobs and take great pride. Bravo! Pros: The service more

Great, except for the drunk busboy 7/11/2009

My wife and I have eaten here a few times and it's been consistently pretty good. We enjoy going for brunch, the scones are always very flavorful, the bacon and egg pizza is a favorite, good bloody marys. The service staff during brunch is very friendly and helpful, although this past weekend was different. It started out fine, we were seated by the nice gal who took our orders. As she was getting our coffees, the busboy came over and asked if we had any questions. The kid was unshaven and reeked of a what I can only presume was a fun July 4th with a lot of drinking. As the brother of a recovering alcoholic, I immediately recognized the odor. We told him we didn't have any questions, thanks. Our server brought our coffees, then politely excused herself to seat another table. The busboy came over again to ask if we had questions. I remarked that we did not, but we could make one up if that would make him feel better. The server came over again and gently led him away, coming back to take our order. Neither us nor the server said a word about the busboy, but I think both parties were uncomfortable with the obvious situation. A while later as my wife and I ate our meals, we saw the busboy behind the bar pouring liquor into a paper cup with a lid and drinking it on the way back to the kitchen. We felt bad for our server, she was really nice, and we wondered if this is the way she has to work every weekend. Pros: Great food and service Cons: People working drunk? more

So Good 4/8/2009

Very nice place, I would recommend it to anyone. Good service, good atmosphere and good food. I really love the pizza, unfortunately everything else is a little over priced. It would be amazing if they had a happy hour! Pros: Great atmosphere, good food Cons: Bit overpriced more

Great Everything! 2/21/2009

Wow this place has it all .. great food, great atmosphere and great service. I'll be going back and can't wait to try more on the menu. The chef was top notch.. walking around the dining room and checking in on guests. Had a great feel and vibe! more

Oh my G.....finish as you like 2/16/2009

The word on the street is that the chef is relatively new, and she has her hair done at Arabella's, by Steven....with that aside....my wife and I were in town for a visit, and we had not place to go for Valentines Day. We made some contacts and were graciously allowed to ""squeeze in"" for the big day......antipasti, ""breakfast,"" a couple of pizza's with a range free egg cooked in the middle for ""dipping,"" and beef and pork that melted in our mouths......this is the best kept secret in Portland, and I imagine that the next time we stop by Portland on Valentine's Day unannounced we will not be so lucky to be squeezed in.......Lissa is one rockin chef, and she obviously has an outstanding crew.....try it....you will love it....PS: $$ for wine, and all that food for 4!!! Pros: Flavor, Flavor, Flavor Cons: Not enough time to try all of it!!!!!! more

I love this pizza! 2/4/2009

I wandered into Lucca with a girlfriend one night and was pleasantly surprised by the experience we had there. We ordered drinks (the fancy nancy is great) and pizzas (margherita and salsice), and enjoyed watching the hot pizza cook with the dark curls toss our dough!! The service was great, the food even better, and the view (wink wink) was the best! Luckily, Lucca is a short drive from my house so I will be back! Pros: interior design, good looking cooks, location, perfect pizza Cons: drinks are a little expensive more

Lovely spot with outdoor seating 10/15/2008

I recently visited Lucca on a sunny day and really enjoyed my experience. Our entire experience was fantastic. It is rare to receive as good as service as we did from our server that day. I wish I would have taken down our server's name, because she was so attentive and friendly. Our food was great too. We started with the ""simply greens"" salad and had two pizzas (Margherita and an Arrabbiatta with sausage) both suggested by our server. All of the items were delicious. The food was so good, I decided to order dessert, which is something I rarely do. We had the profitoroles, which was an amazing concoction of toffee, ice cream, and sea salts. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem. Pros: Pizza, wine, and dessert more

My new favorite Italian restaurant in Portland! 8/13/2008

Lucca is only a 15-minute walk from my house, but it's taken me a few months to try it. Went there because a good friend suggested it. I am SO glad she prompted me to go--it's my new favorite Italian place in town (I've been missing Assagio dreadfully!). Our server was incredibly pleasant and very well informed--she made a great wine suggestion based on what I told her I was looking for. I had an appetizer that was the special of the day--figs wrapped in prosciutto with goat-cheese crustini. It came with some lightly dressed arugula in the center and it was DIVINE! Light and sparkling flavors, high-quality ingredients, paired with a deft, light touch. Then had the pasta with pesto, green beans, and potato dish. I had had exact same dish many years ago at one of the top restaurants in San Fran, but that dish disappointed greatly. Not Lucca's version--it was fantastic! Best pesto I've had in Portland. Portion could have been a bit bigger, but I'm a hungry runner, so eat more than most. Ended meal with delicious, generous profiteroles with caramel gelato in them. I""m still drooling thinking about entire menu. This location seems to be cursed, but i hope Lucca thrives and survives! A+! Pros: Innovative takes on classic Italian; atmosphere; service; selection; accepts reservations Cons: slightly small portions of entree pastas more

Not impressed 7/11/2008

We were not impressed with Lucca. The staff was rude. My expensive drink was spilled in the bread basket as it was set on the table but the server did not apologize or clean it up. We were seated next to the noisy bar. The food was bland. We had to wait and wait for service and finally had to track down our server to pay. We won't be going back. Pros: Good neighbor location Cons: Terrible service, bland food, loud more

Not So Much 6/29/2008

Yikes! Pros: Location? Cons: Service-Awareness- Hello? more

Gracious service dedicated to customer satisfaction 5/31/2008

Found this place last night and could not have been more impressed. The service especially was outstanding from the moment we walked in the door. Pros: Wonderful service, delicious food more

Overpriced, small menu 5/21/2008

This place has the most expensive drinks in town. I ordered a pasta dinner that was $12.50. My wife ordered a pizza that was $12.00. We each had a martini before our meal. I ordered a second one during dinner. The martini's are $10 per drink. This was not a fancy schmancy martini. It was a bombay saphire martini with olives. I have never paid $10 for a martini in Portland, not even in the Pearl district or at downtown restaurants. Bottom line, despite the fact that I live in the neighborhood, I am not going back. The food is good (not great), ambience is good (not great). My advice: if you are in the neighborhood go to Pastini at NE 15th and Broadway - the menu is bigger, food is as good, and it will cost you a lot less when you walk out the door. It's too bad, bc this is coming from someone who would love nothing more to have a sweet little spot within walking distance of their front door... Pros: good service Cons: terribly overpriced drinks...for goodness sake this is a neighborhood restaurant not the Pearl more

Must try. 5/6/2008

have been twice for brunch on sunday and for dinner. the cheese plate was top notch, the pizza with the fennel sausage was excellent, and another appetizer that was the deep fried goat cheese with a garlic dipping sauce was another great choice. the appetizers alone are a good reason to go. brunch was an unhurried event, in a relaxed and quiet setting. both times i have dined here the noise level was really non existant, its on fremont which has several restaurants i frequent so i am familiar with the area. brunch had quite a few great choices. its a little expensive, but if your not a big drinker, its reasonable and well worth a look. the staff service was friendly and very attentive without being overly attentive. serving sizes are not large but well proportioned. Pros: food selection, service, both excellent Cons: if your looking for large portions, probably not your first choice more
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  • Hours:

    Sat: 5pm-10pm, Sun: 10am-2pm, 5pm-9pm, Tue-Thu: 11:30am-9pm, Fri: 11:30am-10pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Alameda - Irvington, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
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