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Feb 22, 2008 11:23 AM

Ristorante Lucano in Rochester NY?

I grew up in Rochester but my visits now to see my folks are fewer and farther between than they should be. My memory is too dated to be reliable. That said, I've done some research on the board (and elsewhere) and have provisionally settled on Ristorante Lucano for my trip home in March. Price is not an issue. What I'd like is something at the higher end in quality and dining experience. My folks (Dad is 87 and Mom is 82) are in very good shape, though a little slower and little harder of hearing than they used to be. That said, I would be open to other options though (1) they have been to Rooney's so many times that that's not on the table and (2) I'm not overly enamored of the dinner menu at Max's at the Eastman. The Chophouse Menu is more promising but Mom's not a huge meat eater and the other choices are, logically, minimal. I was looking for something nice that I thought they'd enjoy and I can't recall ever being at a truly good Italian restaurant with them in Rochester. (Lots of middling ones, though.) So, sentiment on the board seems generally positive for Lucano, though it's a bit dated. Can any Rochesterians (or others) tell me if I'm doing the right thing? Thanks!

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  1. Perhaps the reason favorable reports about Lucano are a bit dated is because the restaurant changed hands a few years ago and IMHO is not nearly as good. Also, FYI, I just read earlier this week that Lucano is closing for a few weeks and reopening in March, but I'm not sure exactly when.
    Too bad Rooney's is not in play. It's one of my favorites. An alternative to Lucano would be Bacco's on Park Avenue. It's small and kind of intimate. The food is consistently good. Many would refer you to 2 Vine. Personally, I don't see the attraction. Right around the corner from 2 Vine (on Charlotte Street) is an interesting place called Eros. It's run by a Greek husband and a Sicilian wife, and the food reflects that duality. It's very good.

    1. Rooney's is so wonderful, but if you're tired of it I understand.

      We really like Proiettis in Webster, if you're in the mood for Italian. Everything is homemade, and it's a nice quiet place (which my elderly parents appreciate). Reservations are a good idea.

      Speaking of my elderly parents, we had dinner recently at the Park Ave Pub and it was delightful. I just can't bring my parents loud places anymore, and again, Park Ave Pub was very mellow and the food and service were top notch.

      Have fun!

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