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“Great food but slow”
Review of Luca on James

Luca on James
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Ranked #18 of 639 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A recent winner of the James Beard

Great food and cocktails but it took a long time from placing out order to being served. So unless you have a 2 to 3 hour window for dinner, we recommend that you skip this place.

I had clicked and my other half had pasta Bolganes and the other person had chicken. We also had the heirloom tomato salad — outstanding but the artichoke apertizer was a disappointment

Thank Lesley H
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

We enjoyed the food and had friendly and efficient service from the bartender, since the only seating available was at the bar. We started with the warm olive small plate, and shared a little gem lettuce salad. Both were very good. We had the Salsiccia (sausage) pizza and the Palermo (smoked mussels and olives) pizza. Both were delicious, as was the Torta Della Opera cake (chocolate cake with hazelnut cream and chocolate ganache). We ordered a bottle of red wine and were surprised that all of their reds are chilled to 58 degrees. We prefer room temperature red wine. It's very noisy and hard to carry on a conversation. We did not have a reservation and had to wait about 20 minutes for seating at the bar. We noticed that 4 tables were reserved but not occupied during our time in this restaurant. First come, first served seating may be a better option than holding tables empty for so long on a busy Saturday evening.

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Thank karen0706
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Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Went there without a reservation...not a good idea if you want a table because everyone apparently knows this is an excellent restaurant. However, we did manage to get a seat at the "chef's counter". This proved to be a real treat as we watched the chefs working in front of the pizza oven and open flame wood cooking area. These guys worked at phenomenal speed and were extremely friendly...what an unexpected treat at no extra charge. Oh yes, the food is also great. Don't take my word for it.....try it. And if you get a chance, sit at the chef's counter for an extra treat.

Thank Bill K
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Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

From the atmosphere to the staff to the food quality and flavor. A++++ Why aren’t you open for lunch?

Thank hollykind1
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

We had heard about Luca and read the reviews. We were impressed to say the least. I had a pizza and my wife had two appetizers, the beef carpaccio and the Scamorza. Everything was great and we felt the prices were reasonable. We will be back for sure!

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Thank Fred L
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