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Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine's Day Special at Lucca Cafe

Lucca Cafe
6507 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA

At LUCCA there’s only one way to the heart – through the stomach. Husband-and-wife team Elliott and Cathy Pavlos have built LUCCA with lots of heart, which means great attention to its seasonal menu, reminiscent of a Euro bistro, complete with an exquisite wine bar. This year, they showcase their offerings through a truly heartwarming Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Tasting Menu of four plates paired with five wines, as well as a special Valentine’s Day three-course prix-fixe Weekend Brunch.

The special Valentine’s Dinner Menu will be offered on Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 13 alongside LUCCA’s regular dinner menu (each course may be ordered à la carte), and on Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14, this is the only menu for the evening. The expandable menu is $65 per guest for an American 4-course or $71.50 for a European 5-course or $78 for a European 6-course.

Those who would like wine paired with their meal may add five wines, chosen especially for this menu, for $20 per guest or Elliott’s reserve pairings of five finer wines for $35 per guest. All prices exclude tax, gratuity and additional beverages. Vegetarian options are available, as are cheeseboard addition and wine flight upgrades for every course. Reservations are highly recommended and gift certificates will not be accepted for this holiday tasting menu.

Valentine’s Four/Six Plates-Five Wines Dinner Tasting Menu

Friday, February 11 - Monday, February 14

(menu items available à la carte and alongside regular menu Feb 11-13)

And we begin!
crostini, gougeres and olive crisps...oh my!

Wild mushroom crème brulee with a splash of truffle oil and caramelized onion jam paired
with a shot of velvet chicken consommé
Canella Prosecco di Conegliano

Sweet and Spicy
Radicchio, baby spinach, bacon and pancetta confit, roasted market beets,
torched blood oranges, honey and cayenne pecans and
vanilla bean-black cherry vinaigrette
Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2009

Brazen Beef and Kinda Wild Seafood
Lucca’s individual petite Black Canyon beef Wellingtons, port wine reduction,
olive oil poached Alaskan halibut, butter poached diver scallop and jumbo shrimp,
Meyer lemon confit, fennel pollen, Yukon gold-parsnip-Parmesan mash, local asparagus
Willakenzie Estates Pinot Noir 2009
Consilience Santa Barbara Syrah 2006

The Finale
Handmade dark chocolate sorbet with a selection of Lucca’s favorite mini Euro pastries and chocolate strawberries
Nivole Moscato d’Asti

85. per person; 65. per person without wines; vegetarian options available
Wine Flight upgrades available 15.
Artisan Charcuterie and Antipasto Plates available for the table 13.
Cheeseboard with Artisan and Imported Cheeses, Chutneys, Sweet Bread and
Seasonal Fruit available for the Table 13.

The special Valentine’s Day three-course prix-fixe Sunday brunch will be offered on Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13 for $16.95 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and additional beverages). Guests may add additional beverages, cheeseboards and charcuterie plates for the table. Reservations are highly recommended and gift certificates will not be accepted for this holiday prix-fixe menu.

Valentine’s Day Three-Course Prix-Fixe Sunday Brunch
Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13

First course:
your choice of:

Lucca salad with organic mesclun lettuces, roasted peppers, grape tomatoes,
Kalamata olives and balsamic vinaigrette

Our own signature Minestrone Soup

Seasonal Fruit Cup

Second Course:
your choice of:

French rolled omelet Provencal with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts,
asparagus, and breakfast potatoes

Pain perdu made with our challah bread, pecans, and orange crème fraiche,
with applewood smoked bacon on the side

Fresh Linguini with tomato ragu, fresh basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese

Grilled all-natural chicken breast wrap with avocado, market tomatoes,
mixed organic greens and chipotle aioli with house made pickles

The Sweet Endings:

A Selection of Lucca’s Favorite Mini Euro Pastries and Chocolate Strawberries

Includes Lavazza coffee or decaf

Add a glass of Champagne 7.
Add a Mimosa 7.

Guests should make reservations by calling 949.725.1773.


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