When my brother-in-law lived in Minneapolis (St. Louis Park area) a few years ago, Lucia's was a favourite spot, especially for brunch. He was not alone. It's easy to why locals love the food - but travellers should not be discouraged by the Uptown / Lyn-Lake location. For one thing, there's a parking lot, and even without GPS Lucia's is far from off the beaten track. For another, the food is so good and such good value that this neighbourhood gem is well worth venturing out of the downtown or hotel locale (where, let's face it, the options are usually pricey and uninspired).
We started our dinner with a glass of wine and the medium sized 'snack board'... which included a great selection of antipasti and house-made charcuterie. Excellent start! I then tried one of the best pizzas I've tasted in recent years -and I'm not easy to please, especially when it comes to crusts. Lucia's crust was perfect. The toppings (including goat cheese and spinach) were generous and fresh. I would return on the strength of that pizza alone - but all the items we sampled were of the same high quality so I may have to work my way through the entire dinner menu....and then move on to lunch and brunch! The wine list is as extensive as you'd hope in a wine bar....lots of good, reasonably priced, by-the-glass options.
Our server was as knowledgeable and helpful about the wine as she was about the menu. She was most definitely NOT one of those overly-friendly, obsequious charmers who routinely pronounce every item on the menu as 'fabulous'. She was a well-informed young woman who listened to what we asked and was able to give informed opinions/suggestions about what we might like. High marks to Lucia's for hiring and/or training staff that adds to the dining experience instead of diminishing it.
The space itself is charming and simple, with high ceilings and just the right level of lighting to make the space feel warm and intimate without the need for flashlights to read the menu.
For food,service, location and value you won't be disappointed with Lucia's.