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Rustic wood-fired Italian

Hand-cranked pasta and house-cured salumi in the heart of Denver

A wood-fired kitchen, a cozy dining room

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Nestled in the Governor’s Park neighborhood at the corner of 7th Avenue and Grant Street, Chef Frank Bonanno intends for Luca to not just be a restaurant but a celebration – of family, of community, of raising glasses over laughter and sumptuous food true to its Italian heritage. Enjoy seasonal creations with rustic Italian inspiration and always, always fresh pasta. In short, Luca is a celebration of life. Thank you for joining us in that celebration!

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The Origins of Luca

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Where Italian Food & Wine Lovers Land

Named for his son Luca (whose portrait adorns the dining room), Frank Bonanno pays homage here to his kind of comfort food – rustic Italian fare, beautiful for the simplicity of ingredients and elegant in its humble preparation. This is Italian fare at its finest, infused with the aroma of a custom built wood-fire oven, served over scorched tables and designed to be shared and traded.

Luca boasts a 100% Italian wine list and an aggressive cheese and salumi program; we brought the first burrata to Denver, then improved upon it by making our own; we cure our own products when possible. Everything–from the lardo, to the bread that accompanies it, to the pastas turned out by a hand-crank—bears the stamp of Luca craftsmanship.

Ultimately, Luca is a valentine to Bonanno’s family – to his son, to his mother’s cooking, to his New Jersey and Sicilian roots, and to the artistry of Italian food the way it ought to be – lovingly prepared, thoughtfully served and thoroughly enjoyed over laughter and wine.

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Private Dining at Luca

  1. An elegant, lively setting for intimate gatherings. We offer both a private dining room or full restaurant buyouts.
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