Thursday, March 9, 2017

Italian Food Without Guilt: Bar Lucca (Conshohocken)

Bar Lucca has quickly become a Conshohocken favorite of mine since opening in 2013. The menu features both indulgent and healthful choices to please a mixed crowd. Keep reading to find out my favorite dishes.

Known for their brick oven pizza and homemade pasta, Bar Lucca offers much more than that! Bar Lucca and its sister restaurants, The Stone Rose and the newly opened Cerdo are all part of the fabric of Conshohocken, known for good food and ambiance. Many of my favorite dishes at Bar Lucca fall outside of both the traditional italian, but that's what keeps me coming back. Chef Nicole informed me that Bar Lucca makes their dishes from scratch (you can even take a peek from the open concept kitchen in the back) and they are very accommodating with all allergies, featuring a gluten free pasta option. They cook with olive oil and even have an olive oil tasting on the menu!

The Food: 
Sweet Potato Bisque – Creamy without using any dairy, this soup has a little kick from the red pepper but is everything you yearn for in a bisque. Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins, fiber and protein.

Farro Salad – This is by far my favorite salad on the menu, and one that keeps me coming back. The mix of arugula, red onion, and farro give a nice texture and flavor. They top with their own house made vinaigrette. Farro is a healthy whole grain, while the arugula has iron and potassium and the red onion helps fight inflammation.

Chilean Sea Bass – The parsnip puree is hard to beat with a mild sweetness that perfectly accents the fish. Served over zucchini noodles this recipe delivers on your vegetable needs!

Scallops – Cooked perfectly and in a light cider glaze, this plate is on the smaller side, with a heaping side of heirloom carrots.

They also offer a variety of vegetable sides, grilled asparagus, squash, and brussel sprouts. Bar Lucca also has an impressive drink menu – we tried the prosecco cocktails and weren’t disappointed! They also have a nice wine list.

The Service: Cheerful and educated on the menu.

The Price: $20-$25 for main dishes.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5

Restaurant Type: Casual, Italian

Options for: vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free

Bar Lucca is a desirable spot for dinner with friends, family or someone special. The menu caters to people from all walks of life – but if you can’t get by on high end greens, thin crust or a fresh catch you should stay home (and evaluate your pallet!). The variety is flavorful and the vibe is inviting at Bar Lucca!

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