While Luciano’s has many inviting characteristics, it is the food that makes the small Italian spot a stand out for anyone who loves to enjoy a delicious meal. They have their own parking lot so, for a change, parking is not an issue. The interior with its exposed brick truly feels like a homemade experience. We had a reservation, which turned out to be a positive because even on a Monday night, it was packed. In addition to the legitimately delicious bread basket, I had their Insalata di Spinaci (Baby Spinach and Radicchio with Sliced Apples, Goat Cheese and Gorgonzola, tossed with Balsamic Vinaigrette, and topped with Caramelized Pecans - $8) and Capellini al Salto (Angel Hair Pasta with Fresh Roma Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil - $12). Those dining with me all enjoyed the Della Casa (house salad). One of my friends chose the Ravioli di Vitello (Ravioli stuffed with Braised Veal and Fresh Herbs served in a Wild Mushroom Ragu - $15) which I tried and it was tremendous and everyone else in our dining party ordered the Lasagna Bolognese (Lasagna with Ground Beef, Ricotta, Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese and Herbs, baked in Marinara Sauce - $16). While the lasagna sounds entirely basic, the taste was far from ordinary and turned out to be the most outstanding dish of evening. We finished our meal by ordering several desserts that we shared, all of which were exceptionally savory. If in Dana Point, this place is definitely worth a visit.
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