Renee Steve



Luci Ancora
2060 Randolph
St. Paul
651-698-6889
www.ristoranteluci.com


Date of Review
April 17, 1999

Good
Good

Entree Price:
$5-$10

Our Total Bill:
$34.85

Type:
Italian

Reservations:
Yes

Attire:
Casual-Dressy

Parking:
Lot/Street

Crumber:
No

WWGB:
Maybe
Renee's Side Steve's Side

  • Housemade Breaded Mozzarella with Tomato and Basil $6.00 (shared)
  • Caesar Salad $2.95
  • Linguine with Shrimp, Mussels and Scallops $8.95
  • Flourless Chocolate Torte $4.00

This is the sister restaurant to Ristorante Luci down the street. I was very excited as I remembered the wonderful leisurely meal that we had there.

Fortunately they had similarly great food. But Luci Ancora was a bit more rushed and seemed to have difficulties saving enough tables for the reservations they had. Our waiter subtly discouraged dessert. The desserts of course tasted great, he just was trying to turn the table.



A great restaurant always draws comparisons. And when a great restaurant opens another location, the comparisons to the original are inevitable. Unfortunately Luci Ancora did not live up to the high expectations I had from memories of Ristorante Luci, which is just down the street.

Our appetizer was fabulous - a house-made mozzarella with tomato and (really fresh) basil. The cannellini been soup was then a let down, even at $2.95. My ravioli spinach and ricotta was excellent, but at $8.95 seemed a bit high for what it was. The flourless chocolate torte with raspberry was flawless.

The service was less than flawless. On the evening we visited, about twenty people were waiting for tables at 7:30 PM, though they presumably had reservations. Meanwhile, the waiters subtly discouraged dessert, and the coffee wasn't refilled (pet peeve No. 295).



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