Luce Ristorante and Bar Luce
Hearst Tower
214 N. Tryon St., Ste. J (Fifth St.)
Charlotte, NC 28202
Cuisine: Italian
Authentic Italian cooking in uptown Charlotte.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.


Luce Restaurant Review:

Luce’s soothing atmosphere makes it ideal for business, but the warm lighting draws patrons seeking romantic circumstances. Murano chandeliers, Venetian plaster walls and travertine floors transport one to Milano. Start with tender calamari, served with a spicy marinara and a caper aïoli. We suggest the hand-rolled veal-stuffed agnolotti, with a veal reduction sauce for a second course. Ricotta is rendered fragrant with marjoram for the standard ravioli. And, of course, paste are made fresh daily in house. Lasagna bears a bolognese sauce and besciamella, not often seen in the U.S. Imported Italian gluten-free pasta is a possibility, too. For larger appetites, go for the osso buco. Plan to save room for dessert, perhaps opting for tiramisu, or homemade sorbeti and gelati. Quality espresso (even the decaf) follows dessert, as it should, sans the lemon zest garnish. Luce's mostly Italian wine list notes vintages and emphasizes reds, many at favorable prices. Choices are poured by the glass and the quartino; a half-bottle lineup offers options for the solo diner. Dessert wines also are available.