On a slow day at work, a colleague suggested that we go out to lunch. After some discussion, we decided on Luce. I was excited since I had heard about Luce from some friends and I love Italian food! And shout out to WordPress, Luce hosts their site blog-style! When we walked in, we were greeted by owner and chef Joe Buonincontri. The first thing you’ll notice is the cozy and friendly, but stylish interior (and they’ve done some great Christmas decorating too!)
It was a bit of a slow day at Luce as well, so we were lucky to get lots of personalized attention from our friendly server. We perused the extensive lunch menu and it all sounded so delicious I had trouble deciding! The entrees in the Gran Piastre section of the menu include your choice of soup or salad. I ordered the zuppa di zucca, a simply fabulous light soup made of butternut squash and pumpkin with spinach, pancetta and a touch of cream. My dining companion had the caprese salad which not only was delicious (according to him, I didn’t force him to let me try it), but was a true work of art!
For the entree, I ordered the Melanzane alla Parmigiana (baked eggplant parmesan). I recently had a very bad experience with my own homemade eggplant parmesan, so I really needed to have my faith in the dish restored. This did it! The eggplant was expertly prepared. The dish came with a side of pasta, which was good, but a little strong in the garlic department. Usually, I wouldn’t mind, but I did have to go back to work!
My colleague had the Risotto di Gambero e Asparagi. Unlike with his salad, I did indeed force my friend to let me taste his meal. It was so yummy I could have eaten the whole thing! We passed on dessert given we had to go back to work and couldn’t fall into a food coma before day’s end. J adores Italian food as much as I do and it looks like Luce would also make for a nice romantic evening ;) We’ll be back soon for date night!
I love meeting the owner – thanks for chatting with us Joe! Cute place, delicious food, friendly service. What more can you ask for?
Luce Ristorante & Enoteca
11255 Huebner Rd # 200
San Antonio, TX 78230