Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lucia's Rustic Italian Flavors

Memories of simple, comforting yet hearty dishes are brought back by Chef Davide Lombardi with traditional flavors at Lucia Ristorante. Named after Chef Lombardi's mom, Lucia Ristorante serves the family's favorites and more, giving diners a unique glimpse and a taste of authentic, homestyle Italian cuisine.  

Located at Hotel Celeste, Lucia Ristorante is just as impressive by day as it is at night, with elegant interiors and a cool modern vibe. But there is a noticeable warmth that greets you as you enter Lucia Ristorante, the same feeling you get when you enter a friend's home and you just know that a meal at Lucia Ristorante will be special.

A late lunch at Lucia Ristorante is always special, with the interiors bathed in the afternoon light providing a welcoming glow. Insalata Mista (P 240),  a mix of fresh greens with cherry tomatoes, shallot, and balsamic vinaigrette starts off our meal. Simple yet fresh flavors, proving once again that premium ingredients are all you need for full flavors, no matter how simple the dish. 

Cosce di Pollo Tartufate in Salsa Rosa (P 420), boneless chicken thigh stuffed with mushrooms with pomodoro dolce. Elegantly plated, the perfectly grilled tender chicken on creamy risotto delivers homey and comforting flavors, punctuated by the tart pomodoro sauce. Fresh seasonal vegetables are served on the side to complete the dish. 

Bistecca di Manzo Arrosto (P 990), fillet of roasted beef with truffle sauce and vegetables. The tender fillet of beef, with rich flavors on its own, are made even richer with the homemade and nutty truffle sauce for a comforting blend of flavors. The fresh, seasonal vegetables provide a nice contrast with its distinct and subtle crispness and a delicious snap in every bite. Simple, rustic flavors, and one can easily imagine the Lombardi family matriarch behind each dish.  

For dessert, Lucia's rich and creamy Panna Cotta, drizzled with chocolate syrup, completes your experience at Lucia Ristorante. Not too sweet, just right. Pair it a freshly brewed cup of coffee...perfect. Authentic Italian homestyle dishes served with an elegant twist, and that's why dining at Lucia Ristorante is always special.

For more on Lucia's authentic Italian dishes at Hotel Celeste, check out my previous post here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2013/09/authentic-italian-cuisine-at-lucia.html.

Lucia Ristorante is located at Hotel Celeste, 2 San Lorenzo Drive corner A. Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo Village, Makati or call 887-8080 for reservations and inquiries. You can also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/luciaristoranteph.

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