We visited and wrote this one up just a couple weeks ago but were fortunate to get back and try again. In Dallas we finally have the perfect weather to eat outside and the Lucia folks do such a nice job of distancing and masking that it feels almost like a bit of normal in what has been a crazy restaurant blogging year. Tasting menus are not for all but I sincerely urge all to give this one a chance, especially because during pre-Covid times you could hardly get a reservation to Lucia. This is the opportunity to eat the fabulous Lucia food only on the patio of their sister restaurant Macellaio. The menu really changes weekly as you’ll see below but the portions are generous and tasty. I even enjoyed the wine pairings. Frankie slept through the meal but urges her followers to check this one out.
Covid 19 has caused restaurants to adapt if they want to survive. Frankie has previously visited both of these fine restaurants, co-owned by Chef David and Sommelier Jennifer Uygur, but now the options for getting their good food have changed. Lucia is not offering dine-in service but is doing take out only with a weekly changing menu on Thursday through Sunday with 24 hours advance notice. Dinner for 4 is just $100 and includes bread, salad, choice of entree and dessert. They are located at 408 W. Eighth St., #101 with a phone of 214-948-4998. Trust me, it will be a great meal. Their sister restaurant is Macellaio, just around the corner at 287 N. Bishop Ave. A much larger place, it also has a patio that wraps around the indoor dining room. While indoor is not open they are taking advantage of the nice weather in Dallas to offer “Pasta on the Patio” featuring Lucia’s pastas. Seating is distanced and patio heaters are near every table. It is a fixed price of $100 per person for 5 courses plus their delicious bread and butter. You can make reservations on their website <macellaiodallas.com>. This is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss if you are in the Dallas area. Jennifer has chosen wines for pairings at $50 pp or there is a list of bottles and by the glass or you can describe your tastes and she’ll find something for you.
Lucia is in the Bishop Arts District in Dallas, a small chef owned Italian restaurant. It was opened in 2010 by Chef David Uygur and his wife Jennifer, who also serves as wine coordinator. There are just 32 seats in the place and is still a hard reservation to come by but there are 4 seats at the counter that are reserved for walk-ins, on a first come first served basis. Parking is another issue, as there is no valet, only street parking and a few spaces in a lot to the side of the building. If you don’t get dropped off make sure and allow time to circle around looking for a place to leave your car. Inside you’ll find a cozy place with benches and pillows lining the walls and small bar wood tables fairly close together. A couple of windows are on one wall that look out onto the busy street. Lights are lowered and there is no music but the hum of a full house provides plenty of background noise to keep table conversations private. Memorabilia line the walls along with jars of preserved foods. The counter seats look at the salad and cold appetizer preparation are and workers there are friendly when they have a minute. Service is efficient and helpful with fairly quick pacing. We have visited many times but for the purposes of this entry we visited twice. Continue reading