Alton Brown, chef, author, and host of Food Network’s “Good Eats,” has stopped in Lancaster on several occasions, dining at Lancaster city restaurants and posting rave reviews about his experiences on social media.
During one Friday night’s dinner rush at Luca, the Italian restaurant on James Street in Lancaster city, Brown arrived unannounced with a companion – the reservation had been made under another name – for a two-course meal and dessert. On a social media post, Brown later praised a salad at the restaurant, calling it “the best salad in the world.” The simple salad appears to be made from a mixture of different greens with parmigiana and an anchovy dressing.
The restaurant also recently received national attention when, in her “Bites” column, New York Times writer Kathryn O’Shea-Evans raved about a pasta dish she enjoyed there. The writer further said she would have liked to have “licked the plate,” after finishing a seared artichoke dish paired with a dipping sauce of smoked paprika aioli. She added that she “wolfed down” Luca’s farfalle pasta dish. In the article, O’Shea-Evans also said she had a “primal reaction” to the La Prima Volta cocktail she ordered at Luca, which she called a “frothy spin on a whiskey sour garnished with charred lime.”
Luca is located at 436 W. James Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 717-553-5770 LucaLancaster.com