Whenever we return from our Cali trips, we are racing back to New York to have a proper Italian meal. We miss great italian food every time we visit the west coast. I wish we found Luciana's years ago. we usually stay in the Newport area, and there is ZILCH in the way of authentic Italian up there. Luciana's is the real deal. I went there two nights ago, knowing I'd have many criticisms to write up, but I have none. The appetizers were wonderful, esp the sauteed calamari, fresh and delicate. The salad's were spot on--simple and unadulterated fresh mozzarella and fresh tomatoes. Had the Linguine Luciana's and the seafood was so fresh and delicious, the sauce was authentic and (DRUMROLL:) the pasta was al dente. Service was superb, and we felt like we were back home in New York having a local meal at one of our favorite italian spots. Just so this review doesn't seem too inflated with praise, I will say this: when we first sat down and were told the specials, I thought we were off to a bad start, because the waiter announced something in a Chimichurri sauce of some sort. Chimichurri in an italian restaurant? Never in New York. All of a sudden I thought the sauces would reek of oregano from a jar, and the pasta would be overcooked. I was delighted in everything our table ordered. I avoided the chimichurri whatever it was, and stuck to the delicious authentic italian fare on the menu. We will go back, and we are so thrilled to find the one and only italian restaurant in the SoCal area to serve food from back home. Service and Food were wonderful.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.