Luca | Clerkenwell Restaurant
We’re sick and tired of restaurants claiming to be the last word in Italian cooking.
Luca, however, is no impasta.
The second restaurant from the team behind The Clove Club is bringing seriously on-point Italian cooking to London, taking British seasonal food as a starting point.
Head chef Robert Chambers joins from a slew of Michelin-starred restaurants, including The Ledbury – where he first met Isaac McHale, of Young Turks and Noma fame. Together they developed Luca’s menu, which includes dishes like spaghettini with Morecambe Bay shrimps and mace butter, and tortelloni served in a pheasant broth. The wine list, meanwhile, ranges from big names to the best wines you’ve never tried.
Taking inspiration from 1950s Italy, awash with sage, marble and brass, the main dining area seats an intimate 60, overlooking a semi-open kitchen and a private courtyard and – most importantly – a pasta-making room, which is, joyously, exactly what it sounds like. The separate private dining area, The Garden Room, has its own perks, becoming roofless in the summer.
Finally, there’s the bar – a separate space that’s open all day long, offering up sharing plates, from breakfast to dinner, as well as an impressive cocktail list, accompanying digestifs like Amaro and home-made Limoncello and Nocino liqueurs.
Just like you wish your mamma used to make.
NOTE: Luca is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, except Sunday evenings. The bar is from 8am-midnight. Reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online HERE.
Luca | 88 St. John Street, EC1M 4EH
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