Casa Luca

Its Name Is Luca

A Downtown Haven of Pasta and Cocktails

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Happy belated Fourth.

But maybe it’s time now to turn your attention to foreign shores. And eat your body weight in pasta.

Speaking of which: here’s Casa Luca, the gorgeous new Italian osteria from Fabio Trabocchi, who was just named chef of the year for his work at Fiola. It opens today at 5pm.

This place has gotten quite a face-lift since its days as Againn. Huge glass lights hang from ropes off wooden beams, and the walls are adorned with family photos and custom-made textiles from the chef’s home province.

And sure, you can feast away here, on smoked gnocchi with duck ragù and polenta served on boards. (Best places for that: the two circular power booths in the dining room, or the dark, 10-person alcove next to the bar.)

But you needn’t feast. No, you can just relax under an umbrella outside and let the amaro-heavy cocktails and plates of fried lamb chops, artichokes and zucchini come to you. Or grab a bar stool and decide between the seven beers on tap or the seven Italian wines on tap, which you can’t get anywhere else in America.

Okay, maybe at De Niro’s house. But that’s it.

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