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Il Geco Risto-Circolo

Via M. Rosi 34 (ex via dei Borghi), 55100 Lucca, Italy
+39 (0)583 494538
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Ranked #23 of 428 restaurants in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $24 - $33
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
New Orleans, Louisiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We happened to rent an apartment two doors down from Il Geco for our week-long stay in Lucca and our landlady recommended it highly. It is a bit interesting walking through the hall past all the stuff to get to the dining room, which also was full of interesting stuff. No menu; our waiter is the son of the owners;... More

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Andover, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We stumbled on to this place on a dark deserted street while we were walking around lost on a very rainy Saturday night, after three restaurants we tried were fully booked. We thought maybe we had made a mistake when it was empty when we walked in, but the room was quaintly pleasant, the hosts were friendly, and the house... More

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Dundee, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

My husband and I went here for a meal on our last night on holiday in lovely Lucca and it felt like the real Italy. Excellent, friendly and knowledgeable staff- I am always keen to try and converse in my dodgy Italian but the staff had very good English which helped with the menu translations. The restaurant is quirky and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

Il Geco is my favourite restaurant in Lucca. I've been more times than I can count. It is family run and I always get a great welcome. There is a cute dining room and a lovely hidden garden. The food is simple and authentic and the final bill is very reasonable for such a nice meal.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

My family and I vacationed in Italy for 2 weeks in July. We visited Lucca for a few days, and LOVED Il Geco! The staff was so friendly and even brought us our own menu in english. The appetizer we ordered (mixed meats) was HUGE, and also the panzanella was the BEST i ever had. I think I really loved... More

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Perugia, Italy
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

My husband and I visited Il Geco after stumbling upon it while looking for someplace to eat while visiting Lucca. We were so happy we found this gem! From the cool decor, and awesome atmosphere, to the great attention from the staff, and the truly homemade entrees, we were delighted! If you're looking for a place to enjoy a nice... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

The chef uses fresh ingredients from the market, and all the pastas are handmade. The menu changes day by day, depending on the availability of the products. Ask the waiter for recommendations. We had fresh pasta with pumpkin and veil in lemon sauce. Delicioso as they say in Italian! We'be tried some other restaurants during our stay in Lucca, or... More

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Dublin
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Once you persuade yourself to venture all the way down the entrance hall past the bric-a-brac (old sewing machine, furniture and gramophone players), you come to the dining room which is like someone's granny's living room complete with old photos, jelly moulds and the like. On the night we were there it had just rained and so we took a... More

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Cervo, Italia
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214 reviews 214 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

After a first dinner, we returned the following evening because we were enthusiastic about everything. The atmosphere is what first captures your eye: you are entering a crafts gallery of old furniture, pictures, unusual everyday objects from a not-so-distant past, all tastefully displayed along a narrow hall leading to the dinining room. This is furnished with rustic Tuscan period tables... More

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Beachport, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We discovered II Geco was almost under our noses - or just a few doors down from where we stayed in Lucca. We went in through the passage filled with bric a brac andwe were warmly greeted by host Leo. We spent a lovely evening slowly savouring each recommendation that Leo had suggested, both freshly made, slow cooked local cuisine... More

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