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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

LUCCA INTRODUCES NEW SUMMER TREATS FOR THE SWEET TOOTH


Chef Cathy’s new lunch and dinner dessert menus feature classics with a LUCCA twist

In an effort to combat the summer heat, LUCCA Executive Chef/Co-Owner Cathy Pavlos introduces new lunch and dinner dessert menus that offer something to please every sweet tooth. The desserts, created by Chef Pavlos and Pastry Chef Jennifer Geffroy, are all made in-house from scratch, with the exception of sorbets and ice creams, which are made for LUCCA locally in Irvine by Le Bon Gouter.

“These menus really do offer something for everyone – with options like our signature bread pudding and strawberry shortcake, to more exotic Euro pastries and tortes,” commented Pavlos, who co-owns LUCCA with her husband, Elliott. “In response to the many LUCCA regulars who crave a little something sweet with their lunch, I’ve created a number of fun ‘desserts on a stick!’”

New desserts at LUCCA include the following:

Local Strawberry Shortcake
Vanilla pound cake, strawberry-Grand-Marnier mousse, chantilly cream, fresh local strawberries
(lunch and dinner)

LUCCA Ice Cream Sandwiches
Chocolate chip cookies with French vanilla ice cream
or
Peanut butter cookies with dark chocolate sorbet
(lunch)

LUCCA’s Signature Bread Pudding
Caramelized apples, pears, and golden raisins, pecans, homemade whipped cream, white chocolate and caramel brandy sauce
(lunch and dinner)

Cheesecake on a Stick
Fluffy vanilla cheesecake dipped in dark chocolate and almonds with raspberry sauce
(lunch)

Red Velvet Cake Pops
Rich red velvet cake with white chocolate and fresh berries
(lunch)
Chocolate-Orange Torte
Dark chocolate marble cake, chocolate ganache,
orange creme brulee with orange reduction and dark chocolate sauce
(dinner)

Mexican Hot Fudge Sundae
Stonefruit and almond cream tartlet (Peach, Nectarine, Plum or Apricot), handmade French vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge-cinnamon sauce and toasted hazelnuts
(dinner)

Mini Euro Pastries for Two (pictured above)
Chef’s selection of five seasonal mini pastries - changes daily
(dinner)

Seasonal Berry Bowl and Sorbets Trio
Chef’s choice of fresh seasonal berries, with one scoop of dark chocolate sorbet and one scoop of raspberry-chocolate chip sorbet
(dinner)

Reservations strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (949) 725-1773. Free parking available to all guests.

Lucca is definitely more than its name implies – it is an inviting space where casual friendliness quickly meets a few chic big-city elements, including cozy tables on a large banquette, a gas-burning fireplace and sensual curved features. Lucca, which has been referred to as “an urban concept in a suburban center,” has many facets. Having joined the Orange County dining landscape in 2005, Lucca in Irvine has become known for its one-of-a-kind dining, off-site catering and wine bar. The eatery offers sandwiches, salads and pastas on its lunch menu, but come dinnertime the cafĂ© changes to a European-type bistro that serves small plates, cheese and charcuterie. The whole menu is based on the use of healthy and high quality ingredients, such as certified Angus beef, free-range turkey, hormone-free chicken, wild salmon and locally grown organic produce. The bar features more than 30 wines by the glass, with a choice of 2.5-ounce or 6-ounce pour of wine for $5 to $14.

LUCCA is located in the Quail Hill Village Center in Irvine (6507 Quail Hill Parkway) in Irvine. For more information, make reservations or order Lucca2Go, please call (949) 725-1773 or visit www.LuccaCafe.com

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