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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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.
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...
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
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
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.
03/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I liked many things about Sasso, the food was tasty, I had the crudo misto for appetizer and the braised wild boar for my entree, and they were as good as I had hoped for. Our server was great, and very knowledgeable about the food and wine selection, and we even had a table visit from one of the owners who were there, Ted Kennedy. The space was a bit loud, so I would recommend going there with the right crew, but not for a romantic date, however, my experience at Sasso was to my expectations.
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.
03/07/2007Provided by Citysearch -
After dining several times, we find ourselves still lost in the cold, vast dining room. The food is lackluster, there are definitely far better Italian meals to be had in back bay/south end. Even with the supposed change of chefs, the food still seemingly unchanged. We keep hoping that the experiences would get better, as the service is usually what kept us coming back, but it only covered up the fact that the food, just really isn't that good. As fans of the heralded Lucca, it seems as they just took the same simple mediocre food, upped the price, and took away the cozy ambiance. Wines are very fairly priced, again service has been good. But food lovers be weary !