Scenes From Dinner: Lucca Restaurant and Social Lounge

Opened officially to the public on Friday, April 3, 2015, Lucca Restaurant and Social Lounge is Lasalle’s newest hot spot. It is the ultimate place to hang out with friends or family for delicious food and a comfy modern feel that caters to all ages. Located at 2055 Sandwich West Pkwy in Lasalle Ontario, Lucca is situated behind Windsor Crossing Outlet Mall and minutes away from St. Clair College.

Owners Joe Iatonna and Scott D’Amore say the name of the restaurant comes from an interesting story. Iatonna was looking through photo albums with his father so that he could put family photos up inside of the restaurant. His father came across a post card from WW1 written by his great, great, great grandfather who was stationed in Lucca, Italy. Lucca is north of Pisa. Scott D’Amore was also looking through pictures of his family and discovered his great, great grandfather was also stationed in Lucca as well. Thus, the catchy restaurant name, Lucca was discovered.

Joe Iatonna as a child with his nonnaYou will feel a true “at home” experience upon entering Lucca. You can see Iatonna and D’Amore’s family photos on the walls in the dining room, a very pleasant, personal touch to the restaurant. The interior is decorated with a gorgeous granite bar and a “Lucca” mural on the main focus wall.

Lucca’s team of cooks and servers give you a truly wonderful dining experience. “I treat the people like I would in my own home,” says Iatonna. It is the perfect restaurant for an Italian meal rooted in tradition. Lucca’s menu provides freshly house made dishes influenced by Iatonna’s grandmothers family recipes. Lucca’s traditional Italian specialties will blow you away. They include pastas such as spaghetti, gnocchi, ravioli and lasagna which are made from scratch using free-run local eggs daily. Also featured on the menu is a “comforts” section which includes Home-Style Mac and Cheese as well as Walkerville Brewery Braised Ribs.

The future of Lucca is looking very promising. A fully licensed patio is set to open up in May 2015 and hopes of including live acoustic music acts is a possibility. Lunch specials will start on May 4th, providing customers with fantastic choices for lunch. You can call ahead and preorder so that your meal can be ready when you get to the restaurant.

Salad, garlic bread, and pasta from the menu of Lucca RestaurantIf you are looking for somewhere special to take your Mom this Mother’s Day, from 10 am until 2 pm, you can enjoy a special brunch buffet, featuring an incredible menu with items including Spinach Ricotta Quiche, Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Lucca Lasagna and Risotto Aranchini. For dessert, fresh fruit, tiramisu, and banana bread with salted caramel sauce.

Reservations can be made by calling (519) 250-7827.

Buon Appetito!