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“Superb service, GREAT wines, good food”
Review of Da Pasquale

Da Pasquale
Ranked #1 of 623 Restaurants in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Our Danish neighbours at Villa Rosselmini (se separate review) had already given is an excellent tip, so when they told us about their experience at Da Pasquale, we had to go. Problem was, Friday was our last night in the area, and nobody was answering the phone for our booking attempts! At around 18:00 we got throu, and the lady who answered wasn't sur efi there was any availability, and asked us to call back in half an our. Thats where things got interesting. My mobile phone rang, and Pasqualino himself had rung me back ! Bear in mind, I was calling from a Norwegian mobile, this was above and beyond. Unfortunately, all tables were booked. We resigned ourself to an ordinary meal elsewhere. The half an hour later, Pasqualino Called back AGAIN. he had just received a cancellation, and if it wasn't too late for us, the table was ours. A 25 minute drive later, we arrived. The restaurant now also has outside tables (personally I feel the inside has more atmosphere, but outside is fine too). When the proprietor calls, then settles you in to your table, then revisits I four or five times during the evening - when the restaurant is full - then even if all else is mediocre I would still rate relatively high. When the wine is exceptional (including a limited bottling of 3500 which he was trying, and then 'so should you' and free of charge). When the dessert wine is brought to the table, in-ordered, the you look forward to the bill with some trepidation. Not here, ordered is ordered, anything else does not appear on the bill. Now the food....we decided to forego the antipasti and stick with pasta (ravioli with scallop filling, Ravioli with porcini mushroom ragu, and pasta with rabbit) - all three of us loved it, and there was much shopping of forks. Three of us ordered the Angus in balsamico with strawberries - and that's what we got. No salad or vegetable matter in sight or on offer, but somehow it was right. My son had sliced fillet steak with truffle and mushrooms and was equally impressed. That should have been that, but we couldn't bring ourselves to leave without the taster selection dessert, and orders three between the four of us. WOW. Enough said. We rounded off with espresso macchiato and drove home replete and in awe.. After a total cheque of 140 euros for all four. Often TA ratings are way above what's deserved, but the general ratings here are spot on. Pasqualino obviously loves his job, his wine, his food, and apparently his customers. Top it all off with wines by the glass in addition to an excellent by the bottle selection, and you have it all. Top stuff. Loved it. Will go back. And thanks to our Danish friends for the rec !!

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3  Thank BazNorway
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Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

We couldn't get into da Pasquale our first night in lucca, but we ate there the remaining 2!! It was a fantastic experience!

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Thank Briggslee
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

For lovers of food and (especially) wine this is a must visit if in the area. We booked two days in advance for a table on Sunday evening, as we knew this place came highly recommended by locals and tripadvisor. And given how many people Pasquale turned away on the night it seems booking in advance is esssential (this is mainly because the chef only does one sitting per evening, but on the plus side it means you have the table for the whole evening)

The food is outstanding. I suspect most people go for the 'taster selection' for the antipasta as you want to try a bit of everything. We did and were not disappointed - combination of flavours were outstanding and some of the presentation was knocking on the door of a michelin star. For the mains we opted for the beef with balsamic and strawberry glaze, which tasted fantastic although the after all the starters it was a challenge to finish - it was a very generous piece of meat.

Alongside us all the way was the super-knowledgable Pasquale who knew everything about wine and could taylor the cholces to our tastes (Try picking any wine at random off the wall and ask him about the area it is grown in, the food it goes with and the owners of the vinyard - it's quite interesting to learn a bit about the different ways the italians go about making the wine and the impact that has on both quality and taste).

Enjoy!

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Thank Ben M
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We would not have found this lovely little restaurant had it not been for Tripadvisor and it did not disappoint. Pasquale is a delightful host and is clearly passionate about the food and wine they serve which he describes in detail.
We went with his recommendation of the taster starters which were a breath of fresh air after overdosing on Tuscan meats and cheese. We shared a main, again on Pasquales recommendation as we don't have big appetites. He also recommended some excellent wine, which was not expensive, to accompany our meal.
Well worth a visit!

1  Thank SarahLB9
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

The wine list looks like something from a 5 star restaurant.

The food was amazing.

The service was above and beyond expectations.

This was the best meal we had on a 3 week long trip through Spain Italy and France, and it wasn't close.

The total bill for three courses with wine pairings was 80 Euros.

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3  Thank Andrew L
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