Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and "fair to middling" ability to tranquilize out-of-control mayors. Today's Groupon similarly stuns, and rightfully so: for $25, you get $50 worth of hot pastas and cooling libations at Lucia in Kirkland's Park Place Center.
When the feasting hour commences, a lunch and dinner menu unravels a host of homemade meals inspired by a childhood in Calabria, Italy. The traditional recipes enjoy a modern makeover complete with marinara muttonchops. Lucia's signature spaghetti acts as a semolina cradle for hand-rolled meatballs in a white-truffle-oil fondue topped with shaved black truffle ($18). Sample the eggplant parmigiana, which is baked with mozzarella in a sea of red sauce ($15). Poached pear salads satisfy light cravings with a fresh blend of mixed greens, gorgonzola, and candied walnuts with blue cheese ($8 for a half salad), while a Kobe beef burger with onion jam and house fries ($15) fully fills empty tanks. The pistachio-crusted snapper with roasted fingerling potatoes ($19) gives sea-legged stomachs solid grounds for edible exploration.
Lucia opens up to a beautiful black and gold dining space decked with subtle bursts of chic candle lighting and punctuated by contrasting red pillows. Circular lamps hang high above the main dining room, casting a profound afterthought of illumination. The cozy, hip atmosphere is equally suitable for a romantic, wine-filled evening as it is for a happening lunch-break escape, where the conversation is less about filing TPS reports and more about the shared hate of filing TPS reports. Call ahead to book a reservation.
This Groupon is not valid with Lucia's daily specials or happy hour.
- The thin, breadlike crust is impressive, and I like the fact that they [the pizzas] aren't overloaded with cheese. The tomato sauce is bright with a touch of sweetness, but I really fell for the pie sauced with a garlicky, peppery pesto and topped with mozzarella, feta and chunks of sweet roasted eggplant. – Providence Cicero, Seattle Times
- This is a great little restaurant in Kirkland - very good pasta dishes, a pizza on the side or as an appetizer. Great salads. Fun nightlife starts to happen later in the evening. It's a very fun, vibrant restaurant - much like you'd expect to see on vacation in New York and LA. – changnan, Citysearch
At Lucia, the signature spaghetti comes with white truffle-oil fondue, homemade meatballs, pink sauce—and a minimalist backdrop. The restaurant's split-level dining room is a study in simple black and white, brightened by a smattering of red throw pillows and candles. The space's clean lines shift the focus to the culinary team's upscale versions of Italian classics, which have been featured in The Food magazine. Entrees, for example, range from chicken parmigiana with béchamel sauce to grilled wild salmon in a saffron reduction. Pizzas, meanwhile, come crowned with gourmet toppings such as basil pesto, crimini mushrooms, and prosciutto.