Casa Luca

Italian Osteria

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Overview

This Mount Vernon Square osteria serves famed chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Italian cooking, based on traditional dishes from Italy’s Le Marche region (the chef’s home province). The spacious, light-filled setting is marked by large glass lanterns and printed drum lights, red-orange leather booths, dark wood floors and walls adorned with black and white family photos and textiles from Italy. A long, marble-topped bar pours Italian-centric wines, including wines on tap.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“The main courses are the highlights here...The branzino was a monstrous filet, oven-roasted and crispy on top, accompanied by vegetables so succulent they were surely in the oven a lot longer than the fish. The dish of the night was a lamb shoulder rack—I never knew shoulder could be a rack. This was stunningly savory, marinated and slow-roasted, which meant it came to the table medium-rare and crisp, herbaceous and succulent, a stellar example of what rosemary, bay leaf, garlic and a talented chef can do. I never pass up affogato, traditionally espresso poured over vanilla gelato. Here it’s a variation on a sundae, chocolate sauce and mocha liqueur poured over the top.” – Gentlemen's Quarterly

“Tender meatballs arrive in a copper pan with a glossy tuft of parsley and lemon zest; risotto comes packed with lobster, prawns and fine fish; and grilled lamb shoulder rack, crusty and succulent, is lightened up with wild fennel dipping sauce. Monkfish Milanese may be my favorite main course; its topping of bread crumbs, sunny with lemon zest, is a trick the chef's father used to get his children to eat fish.” – Washington Post

“Casa Luca is named for Trabocchi’s son, there are dishes on the menu that honor his wife (the gazpacho) and his departed father (a majestic smoked pork chop), and the check comes with an old black-and-white family photo… Even the most straightforward compositions—an heirloom-tomato salad, a dish of prosciutto and corn—are imbued with exuberance. Splitting dessert may be de rigueur, but every one of Tom Wellings’s finishes is worth the extra money and calories. Don’t Miss: ’Nduja-sausage spread; crescia flatbread; jamón Ibérico with figs; porchetta tonnato; ravioli with ricotta and greens; baby monkfish with artichokes; semifreddo with pistachios and orange; brioche-and-gelato sandwich; hazelnut coffeecake.” – Washingtonian

Accolades

  • Number 9: 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016 - Washingtonian
  • 100 Very Best Restaurants of 2015 – Washingtonian
  • 25 Best New Restaurants in America, 2014 – GQ
  • Capital Cuisine: 30 Best Restaurants, 2014 - Washington Flyer
  • Two and a half stars from the Washington Post, 2013
  • Hottest Restaurants in DC Right Now – Zagat
  • Zagat rating of 26 out of 30

Menu for Casa Luca

Lunch Menu

Pani delle Marche / Breads & Flatbreads

  • Thin Grilled Crescia Montefeltro Style
    $6.00
  • Bruschetta of Riccota, Fall Pluots & Pistachios
    $7.00

Piccoletti / Small Bites To Share

  • Heirloom Beets, Honey Crisp Apples, Stracciatella & Pine Nuts
    $7.00
  • Ligurian Salad of Fingerling Potatoes, Pesto Green Beans & Olives
    $7.00
  • Casa Luca Classic Beef Tartar, Horseradish Crema
    $10.00
  • Maine Lobster, Artichokes & Smoked Farro
    $12.00

Insalate di Campo / Salads

  • Misticanza of Heirloom Lettuce & Fall Fruits Toasted Black Walnuts, Grapes, Cacio de Roma Cheese
    $9.00
  • "Caprese Salad" of Burrata Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Pesto Genovese
    $11.00

Antipasti / Appetizers

  • Zuppa di Giorno Tomato Soup & Mozzarella Toasts
    $8.00
    $12.00
  • Black Truffled Tuna Tartar Sicilian Pistachios, Mascarpone Crema & Crostini
    $18.00
  • Rosi Prosciutto di Parma Tiger Stripe Figs, Harvest Grapes, Huckleberry Compote
    $18.00
  • Salumi & Formaggi Chef's Daily Selection of Three
    Fine Cured Meats $18.00
    Artisanal Cheeses $16.00
  • Luca Antipasto Misto Chef's Choice of Sinfully Cured Salumi, Formaggi & Piccoletti (for 2 or more to share)
    $28.00

Maria's Light Menu / Low Sodium, Low Calorie

  • Fennel Salad Fennel, Orange & Pine Nuts
    $28.00
  • Grilled Arctic Char Scafata of Umbrian Chickpeas & Roasted Tomato
    $28.00
  • Macedonia of Harvest Grapes Cassis Sorbet
    $26.00

Specialità del Giorno / Today's Special

  • Whole Simply Grilled Dover Sole Lovage Breadcrumbs, Salsa de Papa
    $65.00

Pasta Fatta in Casa / Made Daily in House

  • Fusilli Casio e Pepe Burrata, Black Pepper & Basil, Roman Style
    $15.00
  • Ravioli San Leo Ricotta & Greens Filled Ravioli, Lemon Zest, Almonds
    $16.00
  • Spaghetti Carbonara Bev's Smokey Bacon, Sunny Side Up Duck Egg
    $16.00
  • Campanella all' Amatriciana Guanciale, Tomato & Onion, Espelette
    $18.00
  • Buccatini alla Puttanesca Tiger Prawns, Capers & Olives
    $22.00

Lunch Favorite Entrees

  • Smoked Salmon Crescia Horseradish Crema, Garden Greens
    $15.00
  • Classic Risotto Marchigiana Parmesan, Lemon Zest, Duck Ragu
    $24.00
  • Insalata di Aliche Harvest Salad of Grapes & Black Walnuts With Arctic Char or Cornish Hen
    $24.00
  • Grilled Steak Caesar Salad 6 oz Beef Tenderloin & Romaine Lettuces
    $26.00

Simply Grilled

  • Branzino
    $20.00
  • Arctic Char
    $20.00
  • Tiger Prawns
    $24.00
  • Cornish Hen
    $20.00
  • Filet
    $22.00

Vegetable Side

  • Wild Mushrooms Tomato Sugo Finto
    $8.00

Luca Lunch

Beverages

  • House Made Lemonade
  • Bottled Soda
  • Iced Tea
  • Arnold Palmer

Entree

  • Prosciutto Sandwich Crescia, Prosciutto di Parma, Herbed Ricotta Cream
  • Caesar Salad Escarole, Baby Green Romaine, Pane Fritto
  • Smoked Potato Gnocchi Casa Luca Ragu, Wild Mushrooms, Pecorino

Dinner Menu

Pani delle Marche / Breads & Flatbreads

  • Housemade Grilled Crescia & Spicy, Spreadable 'Nduja
    $11.00
  • Bruschetta of Wild Greens, Blue Cheese, Medjool Dates & Prosciutto
    $13.00

Piccoletti / Small Bites to Share

  • Heirloom Beets, Apples Butter, Stracciatella & Black Walnuts
    $9.00
  • Salad of "Christmas Beans," Pickled Vegetable & Prosciutto di Parma
    $9.00
  • Vergara Meatballs & Tomato Sugo Finto
    $10.00
  • Casa Luca's Truffled Beef Tartar & Salsa Bernese
    $10.00
  • Maine Lobster, Artichoke & Smoked Farro
    $13.00

Insalate di Campo / Salads

  • Misticanza of Winter Citrus & Italian Heirloom Lettuces Pistachios, Blue Cheese
    $13.00
  • Burrata of Buffalo Mozzarella & Puntarelle Salad Egg, Pane Fritto, Crispy Capers
    $15.00

Antipasti / Appetizers

  • Zuppa di Giorno Tortellini of Amish Rabbit in "Brodo"
    $16.00
  • Crudo of Ahi Tuna Sorrel Pesto, Sicilian Pistachios & Salmon Roe
    $18.00
  • Rosi Prosciutto di Parma & Apple Butter Spice Poached Lady Apples, Medjool Dates & Sweet Pecorino
    $24.00
  • Luca Antipasto Misto Chef's Choice of Sinfully Cured Salumi, Formaggi & Piccoletti
    $28.00

Salumi & Formaggi

Sinfully Cured Meats

  • Finocchiona Olympic Provisions
    $9.00
  • Prosciutto di Parma Salumeria Rosi
    $12.00
  • Bev's Jamon Americano Ecofriendly Farms
    $14.00
  • Chorizo de Jamon Iberico Dehesa Cordobesa
    $18.00

Artisanal Cheeses

  • Casatica buffalo, Quattro Portoni
    $9.00
  • Birbetta cow, Brancaleoni
    $9.00
  • Pecorino alle More Selvatiche sheep, Brancaleoni
    $9.00
  • Capra Blu goat, Brancaleoni
    $9.00

Specialita Del Giorno / Today's Special

  • Crispy Suckling Pig Sweet Turnips Crema, Salsa Verde, Roasting Jus
    $30.00

Pasta Fatta in Casa / Made Daily in House

  • Campanelle di Funghi Pioppini Mushrooms, "Bianchetto Sauce" & Burrata
    $20.00
  • Ravioli San Leo Ricotta & Wild Greens, Toasted Almonds & Fresh Herbs
    $22.00
  • Agnolotti of Kabocha Squash Artichokes Romano, Brown Butter & Hazelnuts
    $22.00
  • Smoked Potato Gnocchi Wild Boar Ragu & Pecorino di Fossa
    $24.00
  • Spaghetti Carbonara Bev's Smokey Bacon, Black Truffle & Sunny Side Up Duck Egg
    $24.00
  • Bucatini Frutti di Mare Tiger Prawns, Calamari, Penn Cove Mussels & Crab Roe
    $27.00

Sea

  • Branzino al Forno Slow Roasted Tomato & Peppers, Herb Breadcrumbs, Taggiasche Olives
    $30.00
  • Tonno Briaco Madeira "Drunken" Tuna, Sweet Turnips Puree, Capers & Anchovy
    $32.00

Land

  • Filet "Cacciatora" Cipolline in Agrodolce, Wild Mushrooms, Pancetta
    $30.00
  • Lamb Shoulder "Rack" Fagiole Verde & Orange Zest Gremolata
    $30.00

Family Style Favorites

  • Whole Simply Grilled Dover Sole Lovage Breadcrumbs, Salsa del Papa
    $60.00
  • Grigliata Mista di Carne 24 oz Selection of Country Style Grilled Meats
    $65.00

Sides

  • Broccoli Rabe Fonduta, Pancetta
    $9.00
  • Cauliflower Golden Raisins, Pine Nuts
    $9.00

Happy Hours

Beer

  • Birra Peroni Euro Pale Lager (Italy)
    $5.00
  • Port City Essential Pale Ale (Virginia)
    $5.00
  • Bells Best Brown Ale (Michigan)
    $5.00
  • Duck Rabbit Stout (North Carolina)
    $5.00

Vini in Bottiglia

  • Vini in Bottiglia Sommelier's Daily Selection in Large Format
    $6.00

Cocktails

  • Gin & Tonic
    $5.00
  • Americano
    $5.00

Main

  • Tonato Deviled Eggs Fried Capers, Espelette
    $6.00
  • Cheese, Cured Meats & Bread Chef's Daily Selection of Artisinal Meats, Cheeses and Breads
    $16.00
  • Casa Luca Flatbread Traditional Le Marche Flatbread
    $6.00

1099 New York Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 2000

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Details
  • Price Range: $$
    Atmosphere: Modern, Refined, Upscale
  • Dress Code: Dressy
    Good For: Groups, Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 628-1099
  • Private Dining Room: Yes