I'm on Team Beat Cancer. So if you're attending this weekend be on the lookout for us.
With that said Thursday was a pretty good day. Started off with a nice cool 66 degree breeze going, temperatures didn't reach over 100 surprisingly enough. If it did, I wasn't in it. All this is a good enough reason to head out and start on Letter L. Thanks to everybody who threw out some suggestions; I received quite a bit of them. In the end, I wanted to choose a place that was A.) Locally Owned. B.) A place I've never been to. and C.) Not a spot in town that everybody and their mother have been to. After narrowing down all the choices given, we settled one on spot finally.
(Wait, you can't hear a drumroll in a blog. so disregard)
For Letter L, we decided on...
Luca Italian Kitchen
301 N. Mead in Old Town Square
They are located in the old Uptown Bistro at the northwest corner of 2nd and Mead. You can't miss it. Kansas.com has a copy of their dinner menu here:
They are open every single night of the week. M-TH 11 am to 10 pm, F-Sa. 11 am to 11 pm and 11:30 am to 9 pm on Sundays. So you have options and the place isn't closed on the one night you just happen to be free like other restaurants in town. That bugs me for whatever reason.
My guest diner this week was Katie. She too is a fan of food. To prove that she is a fan of food, I found out she actually eats food on a daily basis. She says it runs in her family.
I've heard VERY mixed reviews on Luca thus far. Some people absolutely hated it, others loved it. So it's time for me to decide what I think.
Upon arrive at Luca Italian Kitchen it looked pretty upscale inside. All the tables were well decorated. The colors inside were very soothing if that's your thing. Katie was worried we'd be underdressed in jeans since the time we arrived there most of the patrons were in suits, summer dresses or their Sunday best. I told her as we were being seated, if a guy comes up playing a violin, "we're leaving". But it's not your snooty place whatsoever, people started pouring in less dressier clothes, jeans, dress shorts, etc.
|Best part of the meal|
We also had a glass of wine and a beer, both very reasonably priced.
It took us a while to decide what to order. All the menu categories were not in English. For instance, appetizers were listed as "Antipasti", salads were "Insalate", pizza was "pizza", pasta was "paste" but let me interject if the 5 year old me saw paste on a menu, I'd be all over it! Our server came over to take our order and Katie ended up on the Di Arugula (Arugula, crispy pancetta, and parmesan cheese. Served with a fresh lemon dressing). Having never been to Luca, I asked our server what the most popular items on the menu were and what she'd recommend. She immediately pointed out the Gnocchi Al Pesto and the Rigatoni Bolognese (Homemade rigatoni with a classic Bolognese sauce). She actually pointed out that the latter was her favorite so I said, "what the hell, let's go for it." I should have said hey instead of hell in a setting like that. Dangit!
Moments go by, our server comes out to check on us, fill up on drinks. You know, the usual. Then our entrees come out a little after that. Smelled fresh, was very warm (well not Katie's salad). So we dug in.
|Jarod from Subway better watch out, |
this looks healthier!
Katie immediately said her salad was very good. The bacon was cooked right; the salad was very green and had a fresh look. Fresh as in new, not cool. She found it very tasty. Seriously though, I can't tell you enough how green it was. Probably the greenest salad I've ever seen. It's like the cook took a green crayon and melted it over the leaves.
I, on the other hand, was less than pleased with my Rigatoni Bolognese. The meat was good but the sauce just had an awkward flavor that didn't appeal to me. Maybe someone else but it just wasn't my thing. The homemade rigatoni was cooked perfectly but it too had a different taste to it which didn't appeal to me either. Total matter of opinion. But I didn't finish it and had it boxed up. If any of my neighbors are reading this, you're free to swing by and pick it up. I kind of wish I ordered something else so I just dug back in to the appetizer.
|I can't cook but I think I could do better.|
In the end for me rating the place, it came down to the food. Service. Great. Prices. Very Comparable. Food.....ehhhhh..... I'd like to try it again and hopefully get something better. I was hoping at an Italian place, they'd have the pasta part down.
Katie in the end was so happy with Luca, she gave the place a perfect score of a 5. After some thought, I decided to go with a 2.5 since the food was the biggest part of my review. Please note, this could easily change for you if you order something differently. Service and Price are spot on and the food; don't go the Rigatoni Bolognese route. So according to Wichita By E.B.'s super scientific scale, Luca Italian Grill gets a 3.75.
I'd like to thank Katie for coming out to Letter L and all of you for taking the time to read this. If Sesame Street taught me anything, Letter M is next up on the list.
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