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Oct 15, 2011 09:58 AM

Luci Restaurant in the former Momo's Bistro space (Queensway & Royal York)

Has anyone been yet? Not the most inspired menu I've read, but the chef-owner combo has some promise.

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  1. I was just there last Friday for an impromptu after work drink with a girlfriend as Luci is located exactly 1/2 way between our houses. The one-martini-end-of-week tipple turned into a 2 course meal. We didn't want to leave! We met Fernando, the proprietor and as it turned out, I had met him before as he was at Bistro 990 for nearly 14 years and I had eaten there a couple times over the years. What a sweet guy. I am so rooting for him. I am a little worried as The Queensway can be so hit and miss.
    We sat at the bar and Sybil was our bartender/server. She was pretty effervescent and shakes a pretty mean martini. We ended up sharing the calamari fritti and it was well fried, not overly coated and beautifully presented. We then both opted for pastas and I have to say I was coveting my gf's dish the entire meal. She had the gnocchi in gorgonzola. Not necessarily an original thought but it was so well executed I actually can't remember if I've had a better gnocchi in Toronto. I ordered the fettuccine al salmone (sp?). It was tossed with a tomato lemon sauce. It was a little too lemony for me but still very well executed. All pasta were made in-house and the fettuccine was cooked to perfect al dente. We then were offered a dessert menu and we hesitated for a moment but when Sybill came to take our order, she informed us that Fernando was taking care of our desserts. It was unnecessary for them to do that as I think we gave them an instant impression of how happy and satisfied we were with our food and experience but I think they 'went in for the kill' cuz we are now Luci converts.
    And to add to the experience, we convinced our men to join us after they finished their work week and we ended the evening wooping it up at the bar. (Sorry Fernando if we were too loud)
    I'd also like to add that Sybil had the best idea for a martini. I don't know if it's original but it includes espresso, vodka and liquer in a martini glass. Worth a trip to Luci just for this martini.
    So excited and happy that Luci has landed in no man's land Queensway. I'm hoping people will help support this place.

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    1. re: CheddarCheese

      What were the prices like? Menu doesn't list them...

      1. re: Davedigger

        Also interested in pricing info.

        1. re: ylsf

          I note from the Groupon site that Luci's entrees are $15-$29. The more interesting item is the addition of a 5 course tasting menu for $100/person.

          1. re: Googs

            A friend and I stopped by to take a peek at the menu on Wednesday afternoon. No mention of the tasting menu. Interesting, but with only one review that I've seen, I don't think I'm ready to commit to laying out that kind of cash. LOL!!

            I'm crossing my fingers though. A good tasting menu a stone's throw from home would be extremely welcome. The space is nice also.

      1. re: Miss Cassandra

        I know there were some big fans of Momo's and you seem to be one of them but have you tried Luci? If not, give it a chance. You may be nicely surprised.

      2. For the west-enders:

        Made a link that should appear shortly.

        Luci Restaurant
        664 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Y 1K6, CA

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        1. re: Googs

          Just had dinner here - terrific! Great service, warm and friendly but not obtrusively so. Lovely room, comfortably padded chairs and ambient classical music in the background. The highlights were the roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and a pasta special - sweet potato gnocchi with arugula and caramelized onions, as well as a fantastic white chocolate cheesecake. Prices very reasonable for the quality of the food. All in all one of my better dining out experiences in recent memory.

          1. re: georgebell11

            I went a few saturdays ago (had a groupon) and agree with the above. Quality of food was good, portions were large and prices very reasonable. They also have a daily prix fixe special for $25. Unfortunately the place was only 1/3 occupied, so I hope business picks up.

          1. re: TorontoJo

            I really liked Luci. We went shortly after Amy Pataki's review came out and the place was bustling. The service was great and I thought the prix fixe was incredible value- for $25 you get soup/salad, your entrée and dessert. I had a huge and succulent piece of lamb that was perfectly cooked. My husband had sea bass and it was very, very good. We are definitely going back, and for us that's huge, we gotta really love it to return!


            1. re: rosieintoronto

              One more vote for Luci. I had a great serving of gnocchi, hard to find excellent liver and onions, and an espresso with a really smooth grappa for dessert.

          2. Has anyone been recently? Looking for a good Italian for an anniversary dinner.

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            1. re: Deborah B

              I went 2 time over the last couple of years. I thought it was ok. You may want to try Cellar Door on Lakeshore near Islington. That's my new favourite Italian in Etobicoke. Second for me is Puncinella, Lakeshore and Brown's Line.

              1. re: Deborah B

                +1 for Cellar Door- let them know it's your anniversary...though, I think they are still working out the kinks (so, on occasion- it will be a miss).

                We used to go to Luci before Cellar Door's on the expensive side for what it is, but we've had decent meals there.

                My one criticism of the restaurant is their clientele, who tend to be stuck up. My husband and I are mid 30s professionals- but he tends to dress down more than I do, and we both have tattoos. The staff is always great, but we get thrown a lot of shade by the overly coiffed baby boomers that frequent the restaurant. Mostly it's amusing- but can veer into annoying when the golden girls throwback keeps glaring at our tattoos.

                1. re: jinxie

                  Thanks for the suggestion. We may check out Cellar Door. We are borderline baby boomers but not into a stuck up vibe! It sounds like the type of place we would like.

                2. re: Deborah B

                  I really quite liked the place when it first opened but subsequent dinner have not been great. The last time I went was a year ago with two other couples and we were all underwhelmed unfortunately. Agree with others here that Cellar Door is better…though it is more casual.