Tables at fine-dining restaurants are known for their fancy white-linen outfits, unlike tables in home kitchens, which are notorious for going nude. Dress up for a nice meal with today’s Groupon to Luci Restaurant in Etobicoke. Choose between the following options:
- For $79, you get a five-course tasting menu for two (a $200 value). The tasting menu includes the following and can be adjusted to accomodate vegetarians:
- Torta del granchio
- Handmade fresh cappelini
- Insalata di rape rosse
- 10-ounce rib eye or pan-seared skate wing
- For $30, you get $60 worth of any Italian fare and drinks on the à la carte menu. Entrees range from $15 to $29.
Luci Restaurant’s seasoned head chef Filomena Palozzi and pastry chef Jamie Brown join culinary forces to craft fine Italian and Mediterranean fare. For the first wave of their five-course tasting menu, diners pair crab, shrimp, and scallop cakes with sweet vegetable chutney. Tongues ensnare cappelini pasta draped in truffle sauce, and bushwhack through a salad of red beets, orange, arugula, and goat cheese. Diners feast eyes and appetites on pan-seared skate wing with mushroom cigar and lemon-caper butter sauce or a 10-ounce rib-eye steak, which rents out its plate’s extra room to chive mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables without any bitter-tasting legal contracts. Chef Brown bakes apple-cinnamon cheesecake, which serves as a sweet conclusion. Though not included in the Groupon, the staff rounds out the tasting menu with an exclusive wine pairing. Diners can also wash down bites with an eclectic list of cocktails and Italian draft beers, sipped under low, recessed lighting, surrounded by fresh flowers and framed wall prints.
The smell of the salt spray off the Mediterranean. The burble of the Trevi Fountain. The clownish pratfalls of the commedia dell'arte. No matter which sense you use, it's easy to evoke scenes of Italian life. To truly conjure the nation, though, there's only one way to go: through the taste buds. Amidst the abstract paintings and wine bottles that line the walls at Luci Restaurant, dishes of contemporary, Italian-influenced cuisine point diners toward Rome. Chefs here make all of their pasta from scratch, cutting it themselves before topping it with shrimp or chicken confit. They also specialize in Italy's best small plates; antipasti offerings include truffled slices of beef carpaccio, caprese salads made with buffalo mozzarella, and risotto balls stuffed with chouriço and smoked provolone.