Lucia's Now Offers "Venetian Tapas"

The downtown Berkeley pizzeria upholds a Venetian tradition with small bites and wine.


Image courtesy of Lucia's

Lucia's restaurant in downtown Berkeley has just introduced the Bay Area's first cicchetti menu.

Offered in small pubs throughout Venice, cicchetti are small bites -- basically Italy's answer to tapas.

Available throughout the evening and during weekend brunch hours, the selection at Lucia's includes olives and nuts; a bruschetta duet; fritto misto; fried calamari; blistered shishito peppers; Venetian meatballs with house ragú; fried potatoes with rosemary; chicken liver on wood-oven bread; and codfish baccalá. 

In Venice, cicchetti were traditionally designed to pair with the ombra, meaning "shadow" -- a glass of wine served from a portable outdoor bar whose ever-changing locations followed the shadow cast by the Campanile bell-tower across St. Mark's Square ... and of which UC Berkeley's Campanile is a replica. 

To honor the ombra spirit, Lucia's is now offering a Happy Hour $6 pour of Venetian and other Italian wines.

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