Since the day Lucca Café opened in Irvine, owner/chef Cathy Pavlos has consistently prepared exciting, delicious Mediterranean-style cuisine. The menu features a gorgeous variety of vegetable antipasti, a superb selection of cheese and an extensive list of charcuterie including salumi by Armandino Batali.
Tucked away in the Tuscanesque Quail Hill shopping center off Sand Canyon Road, diners can enjoy the pleasant patio or their open-kitchen dining room with softly curved walls and counters. Wood, earth tones and wine bottles provide a genial ambiance while white tablecloths are trotted out to dress up the room for the evening meal when the fireplace lends a cheerful glow.
We think the best way to enjoy this menu is to share everything, so that you can taste more of the extensive possibilities. If you are with a group, you might want to begin with the five-taste cheese board chosen from their weekly selection served with seasonal and dried fruit, nuts, chutney, sweet bread and crostini. You can get a three-cheese board or individual cheeses as well.