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.