7 Unique Restaurants in Lucca
nota bene: you'll want to reserve at table at any of Lucca’s best restaurants
7. TRATTORIA DA GIULIO
+39 0583 55948 ~ Via delle Conce, 45, Lucca
Trattoria, derived from trattare or preparare is historically a family owned laboratory that "treats" or "prepares" local ingredients into simple dishes for any hungry body at affordable prices.
Since 1945, Sig. Giulio's trattoria inside the walls of Lucca has fed generations of Lucchesi. When you take a seat in this old tavern, it will likely be in the company of locals who have been coming since childhood.
Your bowl of pappa al pomodoro or zuppa di pane is served from the same simmering pot as the nonna, her daughter and grandson a few tables away. Da Giulio is a community space where folks leave with full stomachs before going back out into the world to weave messy, intricate stories we call life.
6. Cucina dello Scompiglio
+39 0583 971473 ~ Via di Vorno 67/B, Vorno
Occupying a modernly-renovated farmhouse on this 200-hectare estate in the Vorno hills, ingredients are gathered from the estate’s surrounding vineyards, orchards, olive groves and vegetable gardens, all grown using biodynamic methods.
The real charm, though, derives from dining under the wooden veranda’s brightly-colored umbrellas with impressive views of the mountains toward the north.
5. Osteria Candalla
+39 0584 984381 ~ Via di Candalla, 264, Camaiore
This ancient water mill makes for a particularly romantic place to spend an evening, if not from the vantage point of a balcony suspended over the river, then lounging under banana leaves on the river bank beneath.
It's a one-of-a-kind restaurant that merits a 35 km drive from Lucca. Their menu consists of reasonably priced, typical Tuscan dishes like tordelli al ragu, testaroli, wild boar, and chianina.
4. Osteria Miranda
+39 0583 952731 ~ Via dei Carrozzieri, 27, Lucca
Osteria Miranda was introduced to me by cyclists and still a favourite restaurant amongst Lucca based pros. You're not just a customer to Gianluca and Luciano, but a measuring stick of how well they're performing their craft.
They're ambitious guys; replaced the cook with a chef who elaborated their offerings. Gianluca, with the handlebar mustache, is proud of his English but welcomes any playful attempts at practicing restaurant Italian.
Every square meter of this small cozy restaurant is carefully considered. Biodynamic wines line the walls in which they take pride in recommending. In the summer months reserve a spot on their beautiful terrace. The ambiance is unlikely to disappoint.
3. buca di sant’antonio
+39 0583 55881 ~ Via della Cervia, 3, 55100 Lucca
Opened in 1782, Buca di Sant’Antonio is one of Lucca’s oldest restaurants, and keeps to its origins with traditional Lucchese dishes.
+39 0583 058490 ~ Via dell'Anfiteatro, 37, Lucca
Chef Damiano Donati fine-tuned his craft in Holland and France, as well as under chef Masaki Kuroda at Serendepico (see below), before assuming his current position at Il Punto. Dishes here are prepared to reflect the philosophy of local and organic ingredients, with homemade bread to boot.
1. RESTAURANT GIGLIO
+39 0583 494058 ~ Piazza del Giglio, 2, Lucca
One of my favorite restaurants in Lucca, Ristorante Giglio was recently awarded a Michelin star, yet it does not necessarily charge Michelin star prices. Might I mention ... they have this complimentary cumin butter (except in summer) and homemade bread? Having that alone makes me content. Their philosophy is like a mosaic that includes elements from the food, the three chefs, the guests, the waiter, the wines, and the sommelier which can only be understood in its entirety.