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“Fresh fish!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Da Pasquale

Da Pasquale
Ranked #1 of 585 Restaurants in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Popiglio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fresh fish!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

Second visit here, the first one with his new chef from Napoli [the previous chef was from Sicily]. Menu is half fish and half meat Food is great here. Exc. wine list also. Pasquale, who always gives you a warm welcome, told me proudly that his new chef cooks like his mother [from around Napoli] used to do, and that the fish is fresh, being delivered every morning at some ungodly hour. The kitchen space is ultra small with 4 people working their socks off. My gal had pesce spada as main plate, while I went for the monkfish. Both were top class! I will be back here! Bravo Pasquale, long may you run [this place]!

  • Visited January 2014
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Lucca, Italy
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117 restaurant reviews
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“New chef, still great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

The new selection of antipasti are delicious. The menu has more fresh fish. This is one of the best restaurants in Lucca. It gives exceptional value for money. I would be surprised if you were disappointed.

  • Visited January 2014
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3 Thank David B
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Guaynabo, null, Puerto Rico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Pasquale!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Wow!! What a great experience we had!! Gastronomic as well as personal. We met the great Pasquale..very professional, formal, knowledgable man.. We spent more than 3 hours in the cozy place.. Time flew by while having a wonderful feast and enjoying Pasquale's company... A MUST if visiting Lucca!!!
Great wine list, cozy atmosphere...

Visited October 2013
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2 Thank Ivelisse V
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London
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“Well worth seeking out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

I was here on 27th December, entirely by accident, having got lost en route from Pisa and fed up with wandering around picturesque back alleys. Lucca itself is actually charming, though Sig. Gubitosa is even more so. Outside of a Michelin 3-star I would never expect to see a wine list quite like it, full of the highest quality labels - Lafite, Margaux, Sassicaia - with umpteen different vintages of each, betraying the host/patron's origins as a cruise-ship sommelier. But even more important is the quality of the cooking, which is both ambitious and perfectly realised. Alas, I had little appetite having only recently eaten: but this allowed me to sample several dishes ordered by friends who mercifully hadn't. The porcini-stuffed ravioli was exquisite; and the leek and Prosecco (!) risotto struck me as remarkable, full of intense, yet subtle, flavours. In fact, this seems to be the essence of all the dishes, which have deep and rich tastes, but none of which are overpowering or ill-balanced. Even the desserts continue this theme, and ours were liberally supplemented by a trio of accompanying drinks, including some lovely Limoncello, graciously offered to us by the host. Ignore the illiterate ramblings of someone who can't even spell or write his own language properly: this place is the real deal, and would amply reward anyone with serious interest in high quality cuisine and even higher quality wines.

  • Visited December 2013
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Tidewater Virginia
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“Yes, there is a seafood restaurant in Lucca!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

On the recommendation of Guesthouse Margherita in Lucca, we had dinner at
Da Pasquale. Lucca is mainly known for meat dishes, so we were looking for a place to get fish. The owner of the restaurant is very friendly and speaks fluent English and French and spends a lot of time talking about the items on the menu, helping you decide what you would like. We had a great starter with fish and scampi in pipe pasta. I got the grilled sea bream filet and it was terrific. My wife ordered the steak filet with balsamic reduction. It was one of the best steaks she has ever had in her life. The chef's selection for dessert and espresso topped a wonderful dinner experience.

  • Visited January 2014
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