With a new year comes new cravings!🍕
Truth be told, pizza isn’t exactly a “new craving” for me. I’ve always enjoyed it as a cheat meal, but for some reason the craving for pizza has been much stronger than usual this year.
Whenever I am craving pizza, I usually order in. However, a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to dine out at Lucca Restaurant in Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel, and I couldn’t resist getting dressed up and taking full advantage of it.
I arrived there at around 2:00pm.
There’s a portable tap and sink by the entrance of the restaurant where you can wash your hands. Next to the sink, there’s also a signboard with a short message on it asking guests to sanitize their hands (for those who prefer this option to hand washing), and another one with the ministry of health’s emergency phone numbers posted on it - just in case anyone starts feeling ill while dining at the restaurant.
Last time I ate at Lucca Restaurant, my siblings and I ate at the outside terrace. This time, however, I wanted to dine indoors. So, after washing my hands at the sink I made my way inside the restaurant, greeted the staff members who were there, and was shown to one of the tables. On the way to my table, I couldn’t help but notice the stickers on the floor reminding guests to maintain a 1.5 metre social distance from each other as they dined.
After making myself comfortable, I browsed through the menu and finally settled on a Diavola pizza (with tomato, mozzarella, and Italian spicy salami). I also chose a glass of passion fruit juice to accompany it and patiently waited to be served.
I didn’t realize how hungry I was until I saw the bread on the table and decided to taste some of it. It’s served with a side of butter, smashed avocado, and olive spread. To my surprise, I ate most of it before my juice was brought to me. Shortly after, the pizza followed.
There’s something special about eating a pizza at an Italian restaurant; and the Diavola pizza I had reminded me of that. The Italian spicy salami lived up to the high expectation I had of it and mentally transported me back to Italy. It was so delicious that I had to pace myself as I ate. Somehow, I managed to save a few slices to carry back home with me and enjoy later.
In total, my meal at Lucca restaurant cost Ksh.1800. The pizzas they serve cost about Ksh.1,200 each, while a glass of fresh juice costs Ksh.500 per glass – both of which I felt were reasonably priced in comparison to the prices at other local pizza restaurants. What’s more, the quality of food at Lucca is always high and the atmosphere here is both welcoming and pleasant. So, I’d say you’ll definitely get your money’s worth if you choose to dine here.
Lucca restaurant also serves a wide variety of meals, some of which include risotto, pasta-based meals, as well as meat-based meals, among other things. So, if pizza doesn’t tickle your fancy, something else definitely will.😉
Lucca’s opening hours are as follows:
All day dining
Mon - Sun 12:30pm - 22:30pm
Sun 12:30pm - 16:30pm
Restaurant style: À la carte, Family friendly, Casual dining
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Capacity: 36 (Indoor)+ 40 (Outdoor)
Smoking: Allowed at the outside areas only
P.S. To give you a better idea of what dining at Lucca Restaurant amid the pandemic is like, I've linked a short video of my experience below. 😉
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