Lucca

226 Hanover Street
Boston, MA
617-742-9200
http://www.luccaboston.com/index1.htm

 

Oh, how I love the North End.  Boston’s version of Little Italy, it’s much more quaint and charming than that of New York City.  While I’ve been to several great restaurants in the North End over the years, Lucca was recommended by the concierge at the Fairmont Copely – in fact, the first restaurant name on the tip of her tongue when I asked.  At basically the top of Hanover Street, I was a little skeptical as I prefer to venture further and off the beaten trail.  But, this was one of the most delectable Italian meals I’ve had in a long time.  Our waiter was happy to order for the three of us: two appetizers, one pasta and two main courses.  Among those were the “Anatra:”  duck confit in a pastry shell with goat cheese.  I really can’t say enough about it.  Absolutely incredible.  Our second appetizer was the gnocchi with oxtail.  We then shared the tagliatelle in a creamy sauce with lobster and spring peas.  I don’t even particularly like lobster but it was delicious.  Truly by the time the main courses arrived, we almost didn’t need them – a delicious veal tenderloin and a striped bass, if you were wondering.  We didn’t even have room for cannolis at Mike’s Pastry afterwards – now that’s a great meal. 🙂

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