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Exciting news from Brian Pieri, owner of Stone Rose in Conshy. His new venture, Bar Lucca, which will be located at the former Totaro's Restaurant site in Conshohocken, has a targeted opening of the third week of August. Renovations are finalizing completion and he describes the new restaurant as "open-air Italian," with a menu that will include house-made pastas as well as pizza and breads baked in a traditional brick oven. Guests can select from an "adventurous but simple" wine list. Can't wait to try the new place and I wish Brian every success.

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  1. Beer? Italian craft beer?

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    1. re: Chinon00

      Yes. The beers are listed on the website:

      http://barluccarestaurant.com/Beer_Li...

      1. re: JanR

        Good looking cocktail list too.

    2. Here is the piece in the Inky on the project. And this is where the chef from Mina Cucina will end up.

      http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/th...

      1. Drove by yesterday. Looks open, and attractive. Like the white Vespa out front. Has anyone been?

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        1. re: JanR

          Haven't been yet, but hear good reports. They just opened for dinner this past week and will be open for lunch next week. This week is restaurant week in Conshohocken, so I imagine most places will be fairly busy. We have reservations at Fayette Street Grille for Wednesday evening to celebrate me finally becoming a U.S. Citizen. Will try Bar Lucca in a few weeks.

          1. re: curly girl

            Congratulations Curlygirl! Enjoy your dinner!

            1. re: Bigley9

              Thank you Bigley9. It was wonderful. Had lunch in Philadelphia after the ceremony. Back to my diet again today :)

            2. re: curly girl

              +2 on Congratulations, welcome aboard Citizen Curlygirl!

              1. re: Bacchus101

                Thank you - so sweet. After 45 years, I figured it was about time :)

          2. Though it has a bar and serves liquor, is it also a BYOB with a corkage fee?

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            1. re: arepo

              Sorry to confuse you arepo - I was discussing Fayette St. Grille when I mentioned the BYOB. Bar Lucca definitely has a liquor license. In fact, they have a really good wine list from what I have heard Brian describe. I will try Bar Lucca in a few weeks and report back.

            2. Went early last night. Loved the food. Did not love the pounding music downstairs. Upstairs is much quieter. Very good cocktails and craft beers. Reasonably priced. Will return soon. Very welcome addition to the Conshocken area. The chef is from Stone Rose. Lisa (Mina Cucina) is a manager. I was disappointed not to see her last night. Full review on blog.

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              1. re: JanR

                Returned last night with friends, who like it. Although we sat upstairs (which was much quieter than my last visit downstairs), I didn't enjoy the meal as much. Loved my blood orange martini and Allagash white. The purple potato soup was very good, but could have been served warmer. The pinenut fettuccine was not as good as I remember from the first time. Perhaps because it was lukewarm. We had barely begun our appetizers when the pastas arrived. They sat cooling while we ate the appetizers. I realize this is is a small plates place but things were much better paced the first time I visited. Lastly, our cappuccinos were almost cold, worse than lukewarm. Place was busy. Btw, no sign of Lisa again. Maybe she doesn't work Saturday nights. Not sure I will return. I will say, however, the upstairs bar is very nice (no TV) so I might come back for drinks.

              2. So I passed Bar Lucca as I do going to and leaving from work in Conshy every work day and decided to stop and pop in Friday after work. Had the Baby Arugula salad paired wonderfully w/ Victory brewing company Red Thunder (Baltic Porter aged in red wine barrels). The salad was generous and delicious w/ a strong kick from Sicilian peppers. Prosciutto, blue cheese, and black truffled dressing all shined.
                I'll return for a full meal. What I had was impressive.

                1. any recent updates on bar Lucca since it has now been open for a few months?

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                  1. re: knappy123

                    Funny you should ask. We were scheduled to go with another couple tonight for a special "pizza wars" dinner where 3 or 4 chefs have their own team of 8 diners and we all get to taste the pizzas and decide which chef was the best, but we found out early this morning that 2 of the chefs were ill and they had to cancel this special evening.
                    I hope they decide to do this innovative tasting soon.
                    (Maybe those chefs just came from the Royal Caribbean ship!)

                    1. re: knappy123

                      There was just a nice review in Main Line Today if you want to check that out. I actually did finally try Bar Lucca with two friends, a week before Christmas. Nice Happy Hour drinks - Prosecco the night we were there and dinners. If you go, you must try the Nutella donuts (served warm). We had with Cinnamon Gelato the night we were there.

                    2. Reviving this thread because we went last night for the first time and loved it. It was a Thursday night and not too loud downstairs where we ate as has been reported.

                      We had the fried smelts salad - perfectly done, almost sweet tasting fish. Next, a special - pork belly with a quail egg - again, perfectly done, not dry, but not overly fatty. Then, we shared the boar ragu pasta and the veal risotto. Loved both.

                      The pricing of the wine list is strange. All the wines are either $45, $65 or $100, leading me to surmise that there is a big markup for some of them. And, we ordered the 2010 nebiolo, but a 2011 was served without comment. I asked why they brought the wrong vintage and the hostess went back and dug up the right one. The waitress should have caught that one, although, aside from that, the service was very good.

                      Although, this is quite a ride for us, we plan to come back again soon, but only on a week day because parking, despite the small lot looks like it could be a problem on weekends.