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Lucca: Gigi Trattoria

Lucca, Piazza del Carmine , Phone: 0583.467266
Closing day: Sunday and Monday dinner.

Reviewed by: JDeQ from Canada, review #2962

When: 2008

Cozy trattoria in the heart of the historic center of Lucca located in Piazza Del Carmine right in front the famous Mercato del Carmine.

Gigi Trattoria, photo by J DeQuetteville

We went to Gigi because it had been recommended by the owner of the B & B in which we were staying. It wasn’t on my list of restaurants to try but Gulio’s other advice had been great so we thought we would give it a try. We decided to eat outside and were seated at a table overlooking the darkened piazza. The only disadvantage of eating outside is that this is where the smokers come. There isn’t a lot of traffic – foot or otherwise- on the piazza so it is a lovely spot to sit and enjoy Lucca.

The restaurant was quite busy; mostly local residents but a few tourists as well. The service was prompt and efficient. Our server, who spoke better English than our Italian, made some recommendations on the menu. The menu was quite varied and contained many traditional Lucchese dishes. Our server recommended that we try something fried – she explained that their chef had a deft hand with fried foods. YUM.

We both ordered pasta to start. Paul had gnocchi in a delicious gorgonzola sauce and me pappardelle in a white ragu (white ragu seemingly being my meal for the trip). Both were well prepared with a perfect balance of flavours. For our main dishes we both ordered chicken – Paul really enjoyed the fried chicken which was every bit as good as our server had indicated and I enjoyed a half of a small chicken grilled under bricks in the traditional cooking style. The skin was crisp and spicy and the meat moist. We also ordered a side of potatoes and the fried vegetables which were incredible – a mound of assorted vegetables (carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, zucchini blossoms etc) that were covered in a thin, crisp batter.

We were so full by this point that dessert was not an option.

The total for sparkling water, wine, two pastas, two chicken dishes, fried vegetables, and potatoes was 54 euro.

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