Virtual Restaurant of the North End – This Week: Lucca

There is a wondrous collection of fine dining establishments in the North End.  While some folks might be eating their way through the North End over a period of time, we thought we’d make it a little easier to experience what several restaurant owners and chefs think are some of their signature dishes.  So listed below is a full course meal for your consideration.  And …. from time to time we’ll even share their recipes.  Bon Appetit … or as we prefer in our North End neighborhood ….   Buon Appetitio.


Click Below for direct link to Lucca

This week we focus on Lucca.

Lucca Restaurant is situated on bustling Hanover Street and the historic Freedom Trail in Boston’s North End.

Named for the Tuscan town renowned for its extra virgin olive oil, Lucca offers Northern Italian classics, combined with new innovations that are sure to tantalize the most discriminating palate.

Its attention to detail and focus on superior service make Lucca the desired destination for an intimate dinner, business meeting, or casual gathering.  Three elegant function rooms render Lucca Restaurant a popular meeting place for large groups as well.  Upon entering Lucca Restaurant, one encounters sultry music, Italian granite floors, and alluring candlelight.  The mahogany bar displays an award-winning array of exotic liquors, Port wines, grappa, and more.  This, combined with the century old granitewalls and stained glass, lends the room an aura of warmth and intimacy.

Thanks to culinary inspiration accumulated from his regular trips to Italy, Lucca’s executive chef, Patrick Duffy, offers acclaimed regional Italian cuisine, homemade breads, authentic pasta dishes, and of course, succulent desserts. Time spent in the region has taught him the value of the freshest produce and ingredients. Chef Duffy works closely with local farmers and the finest purveyors in the Northeast to ensure that nothing but the highest quality ingredients enter his kitchen.  His commitment to providing the most enticing Italian dishes is what makes Lucca Restaurant one of Boston’s finest dining experiences.

Our Menu Choice

Tuna Crudo
(Oh dear, much too diffucult to choose … you’ll have to try all the desserts yourself.)


And here is the recipe for Tuna Crudo:  Serves 1 person

For Tuna:
5 oz. Yellowfin Tuna
2 tablespoons fennel seed (ground)

For Aioli:
¼ cup Kalamata olives (pitted)
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup lemon juice
1 cup high quality evoo
Salt and pepper to taste

For Salad:
½ cup baby arugula
¼ cup shaved fennel
3 cherry tomatoes
¼ cup green bean batons
1 hard boiled egg
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

The Tuna:
Coat tuna in ground fennel and sear all sides on high heat. Remove from heat, let cool, then slice into pieces.

The Aioli:
Combine yolks, mustard and lemon juice in a food processor. Add olives and purée. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

To Serve:
Spread the aioli on a plate. Dress arugula, fennel, tomatoes and green beans with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Top salad with sliced egg. Arrange the tuna around the salad.


Tuna Crudo recipe from Scene Boston
Tuna Crudo and Chef Duffy photos by:  Tino Iantosca