Lucca Back Bay
116 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 742-9200
Parking: Garage, Valet, Valet, Street, Local Parking Garages
Bike Parking: No
Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar
Good For Groups: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pets Allowed: No
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05/26/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Eating at Lucca, Back Bay, was one of the worst dining experiences I have had to date in 30 years of living in Boston. From the pre-dinner cocktail to the main course, everything was consistently disappointing. I had the pomegranate martini, which was weak and wasn't chilled - it tasted like a juice box. The red wine I had with dinner was also very warm and tasted flat. The bread (foccacio and Italian) was doughy and dense -- supermarket Italian bread has more flavor. \nIt was served with a bland spread (believe it was made with chick peas) - basically no texture or taste.\n\nEven the water was mediocre -- they offered still or sparkling, so we took the latter. Well, it too was flat and overly warm. We found out they make it at the restaurant with a special ""machine"". Seltzer from the soda gun would have been far better...\n\nOn to the appetizers. I had the Caesar salad ( modern style). It consisted of two tiny sections of Romaine hearts, not cut off from the stem. There was one piece of soapy tasting Parmesan cheese on top, with a pathetic strip of marinated red pepper with an anemic looking anchovy shoved to the side. The dressing was watery and bland -- it tasted like a bottled light dressing. My fiance had the bean soup. It was served in a large bowl that had a layer of oil on the bottom. Looked authentic, but then the waiter poured the small portion of soup on top -- a light yellow dollop of room temperature bean puree that looked like a Gerber baby vegetable, but had less taste. \n\nAnd finally, the main course. We both had the rigatoni Bolognese, one of their signature dishes. Well, the sauce was decent, but the pasta and cheese on top were dry -- left under the heat lights too long I presume. We were not offered fresh grated cheese for the food, I suppose the dry mass on top of the dish was supposed to suffice.\n\nAll in all I would never go here again, and I suggest that Chef Anthony Mazzotta should check in on his Back Bay business soon...
I don't usually write reviews, however I thought Sasso deserved a special mention. I am in pharmaceutical sales and dine out with larger groups at least twice a week. Sasso has become my go to place to hold important events. The management are focused on making sure the evening goes smoothly so you can relax and entertain your clients. At other restaurants I am constantly leaving my seat to check on things. I think the staff at Sasso are exceptional. The food is always fantastic and presented perfectly. If you have an important event or dinner I would strongly suggest you try them out.
I have been to Sasso four times now. I am slowly working through the menu. The scallops over oxtail is my favorite followed closely by the duck over green garlic rissotto. The service on all visits has been very good attentive but not pushy. I would highly recommend Sasso
05/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I take business very seriously being a business owner myself. I stumbled into Sasso a month ago looking for a place to eat and was completely blown away. The atmosphere was modern but comfortable. The service was great and the food absolutely dynamite. Such a great experience i decided i wanted to go back for my birthday this past week. The experience wasn't as pleasant unfortunately. The service was poor...the waitress was MIA (missing in action) half the meal. My delicious rigatoni arrived cold , it had to be sent back as with the other person who got the rigatoni , and the portion was really small. When it came back warm...not hot... the food was dropped and the food runner took off....so now i'm left without cheese, as my warm food begins to get cold again. I waited for the phantom waitress to arrive but she never did ...so i had to get up and walk to the front desk to ask for cheese. Just crappy service. and we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated after making a reservation ahead of time. I do like the place. I know that all business can have an off moment.. but my Sasso buzz was definately annihilated after my second visit...i would recommend it....I'll go back but if i don't have an experience like the first one i had ,i'll never go back again.
went for restaurant week; wouldn't have gone otherwise.
cocktail: didn't like that ginger (peach?) bellini. doesn't taste like anything. parisien martini, on the other hand, was delicious.
prima: risotto is good, w/the chopped pistachios and all. some didn't like it for being a bit on the chewy side, though.
secondo: i had the arctic char w/beluga lentils, it was alright. others had the beef short ribs but complained that it was too dry. it looked good and came w/a good portion, though.
dessert: johnny cake (which isn't really a cake) looked light and crisp. i had the chocolate bread pudding instead; it was nothing like a bread pudding. looked, felt, and tasted more like a brownie w/soaked walnut instead. too sweet, too. (note: in the rare occasion, i couldn't finish my dessert.) looked at their original dessert menu just now; can't help but wonder why none of those seemingly delicious items was offered.
waiter was friendly yet professional, service was great. impressed when witnessing the boss/manager stepping up to take people in at the reception--when it wasn't even very busy. decor and ambiance are nice and all, but when everything is accounted for, this place just isn't my cup of tea. food wasn't exceptional to make me go again, restaurant week or not. regular menu looks enticing in the antipasti and desserts sections; entrees, not so much.
went for restaurant week; wouldn't have gone otherwise.\n\ncocktail: didn't like that ginger (peach?) bellini. doesn't taste like anything. parisien martini, on the other hand, was delicious.\n\nprima: risotto is good, w/the chopped pistachios and all. some didn't like it for being a bit on the chewy side, though.\n\nsecondo: i had the arctic char w/beluga lentils, it was alright. others had the beef short ribs but complained that it was too dry. it looked good and came w/a good portion, though.\n\ndessert: johnny cake (which isn't really a cake) looked light and crisp. i had the chocolate bread pudding instead; it was nothing like a bread pudding. looked, felt, and tasted more like a brownie w/soaked walnut instead. too sweet, too. (note: in the rare occasion, i couldn't finish my dessert.) looked at their original dessert menu just now; can't help but wonder why none of those seemingly delicious items was offered.\n\nwaiter was friendly yet professional, service was great. impressed when witnessing the boss/manager stepping up to take people in at the reception--when it wasn't even very busy. decor and ambiance are nice and all, but when everything is accounted for, this place just isn't my cup of tea. food wasn't exceptional to make me go again, restaurant week or not. regular menu looks enticing in the antipasti and desserts sections; entrees, not so much.\n:) \n
I don't usually write reviews however I thought Sasso deserved a special mention from start to finish everything was fantastic. I had the augula salad and the scallop dish presentation was great and the flavors were outstanding. The service was super attentive without being over the top. I think it is the best dining experience I have had in Boston for years.
It's nice to go to a restaurant where they actually seem pleased to see you. Hostess was awesome smiling and friendly. This continued with the waiter who was extremely attentive . The food was very good I had the arugula salad great flavor and then I had the baked pasta with lobster. I still have cravings for that dish, I cant wait to go back and try some other menu items.
I eat at Lucca a lot, it is my favorite North End restaurant. I wanted to try their new restaurant out but never made it to the Back Bay. The place is beautiful white marble staircase dark earthy tone it feels a lot like Lucca but has more of an elegance about it. The food is completely different I was blown away by the veal appetizer with polenta and the baked pasta with lobster was a great dish. for dessert try the tiramisu they make it at the table. I am looking forward to going back soon.
I went to our annual holiday party here in December, it was amazing so I went back with my friends. The food is spectacular and the waiter had a great personality, he made us feel totally welcome. Try the Gnocchi appetizer amazing and I had the pork chop, out of this world. I cant wait to go back. The waiter told me the bar has a good scene later because they serve until 2. My new favorite Italian restaurant awesome awesome
12/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Ive been there a few times now and really am amazed at how great the staff is. There is really great food in Boston these days and I definitely include this restaurant, but the real difference is the staff. They really know what they are doing. Friendly, know the menu, just very cool. Best bartenders in Boston, late night menu is awesome. I also had a private party and the person who handled the menu and set up was professional and right to the point. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. \n\n
11/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I heard that the new chef at Sasso worked at the French Laundry restaurant in Napa. So I really wanted to check it out. The food was absolutely amazing. I had the rabbit with polenta and the sea bass. It was incredible. The flavor combinations were amazing and the service was great and not to stuffy. The place had a good crowd, however when I mentioned it to other people they hadn't heard of it. Do yourself a favor and check out this hidden gem.\n
08/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Made reservations for Restaurant Week...only one bar tender (there was a second, but he was busy making drinks for the tables), so right off the bat, had to wait 10 minutes for a drink at the bar (in the spirit of full disclosure, i was waiting for my girlfriend, not b/c our table was not ready). Seated by a very nice hostess... but when we saw the Restaurant Week menu, we noticed that one of four main-course dishes, the one she really wanted to try, had been switched. We asked if the chef could make an acception. An EXTREMELY rude general manager then lectured me as to how Sasso was a ""chef-driven"" restaurant, and it was his decision to remove that item that night, despite the fact it was on the full menu. That was perhaps the most pompous comment i have heard in a while. Any restaurant is a CUSTOMER-driven restaurant...plain and simple. Given the number of excellent Italian restaurants in Boston, i will never return. The restaurants on Hanover Street also have a much happier atmosphere.
06/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
If you are looking for a restaurant in Boston that will treat you like a VIP without making you uncomfortable, this is the place! When you walk in the door you are greeted immediately, no need to search for a host....and as my date and I soon found out, the man who showed us our table was one of the owners, talk about hands on service! How rare to have an owner on site to make sure that all was going flawlessly. (We would recommend reservations as the restaurant was very crowded, we waited in the lounge until they could fit us in. The lounge is very comfortable and they cocktail waitress was very good!) Once in the dining room, our server was professional and had a great personality. He was not at all stuffy but certainly not too casual. He didn't ""lurk"" yet magically seemed to be there exactly when we needed him. And then, there was the food! My date had the tuna tartar and I had the rabbit confit as an appetizer...fantastic. For an entree, my date had the special, a horseradish rubbed salmon and I had the wild boar. Absolutely incredible and my date thought the portion size was perfect!! We shared the pineapple upside down cake for dessert... not your church potluck supper dessert...it was a delightful twist on an old favorite! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that is looking for a fantastic night out.
06/03/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Until recently I used to work in the restaurant industry managing and bartending. I know their other restaurant Lucca very well always busy with a really great atmosphere. Sasso is equally as impressive. I have been here twice for dinner and a few times for cocktails. They get the fact that dining out is supposed to be entertaining. Efficient friendly service not stuffy. You can have dinner and just hang out and enjoy the atmosphere. This is my new favorite restaurant in the city. They also serve food every night until 1 30.
05/26/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have been in several times and everything was flawless. Finally a restaurant in the back bay/south end, where everyone is actually friendly and efficient. Try the crudo misto for an amazing cold appetizer. My favorite entree would most definitely be the braised boar and ricotta ravioli. Great bar, lots of fun!