Great experience, you always feel welcome
Going to Cafe Lucci is like walking into the Cheers Bar. You're greeted by Bobby and he seems to know all his customers and welcomes them all. At your table you're quickly given water, and warm bread with a roasted garlic spread and a homemade vegetable mix. The waitstaff is very prompt and always courteous. They are happy to make recommendations from the menu or from the daily specials, which are prominently displayed on large blackboards throughout the restaurant. Bobby is always happy to make a food recommendation and is quick to recommend a great wine. The fact his wine knowledge is excellent and that he is not a wine snob in any way, makes it a great experience. It also helps that Cafe Lucci has one of the best wine lists in the Chicago area, all picked by Bobby.
Then there is the food. Bobby's brother, Chef Augie is great. His creations are phenomenal. I've learned that he makes trips to Italy to help enhance his own ideas and to alway keep the Cafe Lucci menu up to date . The quality of his creations, coupled with an obvious choice to only use the freshest ingredients, best meats and fish, makes eating here a pleasure. Some of my favorites are the lamb and veal dishes, but everything I've ever had is delicious. I generally order something different every time I go and have never been disappointed. I just ask Bobby for his recommendations and go with it for the meal. Always great.
The appetizers and desserts are excellent too. I love the crab cakes and bruschetta. Cannoli is one of my favorites and it is always served freshly filled and crispy.
I've never been to Cafe Lucci when it wasn't busy. It seems there are always quite a few people there for lunch or dinner. But to me, busy is good. It shows how many people enjoy eating here.