The birthday girl got to decide on the spot for this occasion (a.k.a. yours truly), so we dined at Lucia, a tiny Italian nook in the middle of Bishop Arts where it takes WEEKS to get a reservation.
Perhaps it was the promise of Italian food, or maybe it was just the mere fact that this place is so hard to get into, but whatever the reason, I had pretty high expectations of this place before walking in the door.
We started with a few aperitivi, and before we knew it, a plate full of warm, soft bread was delivered to our table…
Not a bad start, Lucia. Well played.
Having properly kicked off our carbo-loading session, we placed an order of the Red Wattle Prosciutto with figs and arugula, which was a perfect combination of sweet, salty and peppery. The prosciutto was perfectly savory, and when paired with a bite of the sweet fig and slightly bitter arugula, it made for a delectable flavor combo.
With high spirits and happy taste buds, we continued on, ordering a plate of the Cavatelli, with cannelini beans, more prosciutto (because why not!), and lumache (which, we learned that evening, was the word for snails in Italian).
AG had picked out the Texas Waygu coulotte, and I selected the Foie-Gras-stuffed Quail; both of us promising to share, of course. 🙂
The Waygu coulotte was a perfect pink, and insanely juicy. The flavor was just awesome, and when stacked on a fork with a generous scoop of cauliflower puree and salty cheese shavings… mmmm it made my day!
The quail, on the other hand…
It looked beautiful on the plate, served with figs and gorgeously caramelized onions, but to be honest, it just didn’t tickle my fancy.
I don’t know if it was the Foie Gras, or simply that quail is not my thing after all, but I didn’t love it. AG on the other hand, was happy to take on my plate and enjoyed every bite. So perhaps it was just a personal taste-thing, but I wasn’t that impressed.
That being said though, the meal up until that point was awesome, and I will absolutely return and try out another dish. Sometimes we all deserve second chances, no?
If you decide to check out Lucia, I’d recommend calling a month in advance to make a reservation. Then after dinner, take a little stroll around the lovely foodie district that is Bishop Arts, because it’s worth a little look-see. You can always finish the night off with some chocolates from Dude Sweet Chocolate next door, S’mores at Tillman’s Roadhouse, or a big slice of pie from Emporium Pies.
If you can’t tell, I’m feeling a lot of love right now for this food-filled neighborhood of Dallas!