Not many months ago, I had the opportunity to enjoy lunch at a new restaurant, L’Isola Che Non C’era. Located in the heart of Lucca, it is just steps off of the most famous street in the city, Via Filungo.
I have returned many times since!
For over fifty-three years, Roberto Isola and his wife Lory owned and operated a very successful delicatessen in Lucca.
Riccardo, their son, now managers this lovely two level restaurant on the Via degli Angeli.
During a recent visit I went for lunch with a dear friend, Wanda Martinelli – who also happens to be the best guide in Lucca and the surrounding hills!
Roberto greeted us with a great smile and easy manner. He gave us a brief tour of the restaurant. Downstairs offers ten tables inside as well as a few tables, weather permitting, on the front terrace. The deli counter displays tavola calda specialties along with shelves packed full of exceptional products; Olive Oil, Pasta and a selection of local Lucca region wines. Upstairs are a large, brightly lit, dining room and kitchen.
While not fancy, this is a very good trattoria in the city.
Lunch was a selection of cold cut meats and antipasti, the perfect light fare for a warm summer’s day in the city. The food was exceptional and the price for two of us was very reasonable.
Their full menu offers various pastas(all fatta in casa, home made), lasagna, eggplant parmesan, salt cod with leeks, roast beef, roast potatoes, farro salad and seafood salad, to name but a few of their exceptional dishes. Dinner menu items range from Euro 10.00 up to Euro 22.00.
When you are in Lucca, be sure to stroll down the cool and inviting Via degli Angeli for a flavorful meal at L’isola Che Non C’era!
Photography Credits: Foto Fiorenzo Sernacchioli, Lucca
IF YOU GO:
L’Isola Che Non C’era
Via degli Angeli, 7, Lucca, Italia
Hours: Monday – Saturday 102:00 Noon to 22:00 (10:00PM)
Sunday – Closed