A new restaurant has opened in Corso Garibaldi in Lucca. This is the gorgeous street lined with magnolia trees, many of which are in full bloom right now.
We enjoyed a delicious Sunday lunch at Al Corso today. Although it is brand new, the owners, Elise and Andrea have had lots of experience in their other restaurant, La Conca, just outside Lucca.
The room was friendly and inviting and it was good to see lots of people in such a new place.
The first heavenly bread was eaten very quickly and 2 new packets appeared (and were also devoured)
I ordered rabbit which was rolled around zucchini and served with a very tasty sformata.
My friends ordered chestnut ravioli with pine nuts and pancetta.
…tortelli with ragu.
…and mixed seafood, which was in a very light and crisp batter.
In the name of research we ordered 2 desserts, raspberry, strawberry and pear sorbet.
…and mille foglie with marscapone with chocolate sauce. Both were excellent.
Al Corso will definitely become a regular place for lunch or dinner in Lucca.
If you hurry you will see the magnolias.
I will repeat a quote I found in a book on Lucca…because I love it.
“If you will be there around the half of March you’ll find the emotion of walking between the wings of magnolia trees, whose leafage full of flowers look like a big rose-coloured fireworks even though…unnaturally static.”
Al Corso, Corso Garibaldi 137/139, Lucca
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday.