Loving Lucca’s Small Plates

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We try to get to Lucca Cafe in Irvine as often as we can, and it is not often enough! I have been there twice in the last 10 days, and loved it both times. First time was for a quick dinner before a concert at Verizon Amphitheater. We enjoyed lots of small plates, including the pork belly with polenta, the rolled braseola, crispy branzino, lamb chops and a cheese platter. They get cheese from all over, and the knowledgeable servers can tell you which ones are NOT available in stores. I recommend trying some of these; they are very unique!

Cathy and Elliot are always gracious hosts, and they do such a good job of sourcing excellent and inexpensive wines. We had this half bottle of Cotes de Rhone for only $19.50.

I was back again last Friday with my work posse, and we had great lunches including chopped steak salad, grilled chicken salad, pasta, sandwiches and delicious desserts! S'mores in a jar, lemon bar, snickers bread pudding.

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