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“Creative interpretations of traditional themes”

Il Geco Circolo Eno Gastronomico
Ranked #86 of 622 Restaurants in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$41
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 15 August 2014

My spouse and I dined here in June 2014 and had a very enjoyable and memorable meal. We had been in Italy for 12 days at this point and until then had sought out restaurants with traditional, local cuisine. We had been pleased with our dining experiences that involved traditional cuisine up to this point. Therefore, it seemed we were ready for something not quite so traditional, and that is the pleasant aspect we found in dining at this restaurant. There were interesting twists to traditional themes on the menu. For example, there was a dish called, “Bloody Mary Gazpacho,” and another called, “Osso Bucco Ravioli.” We tried both of these dishes, which were excellent. Even though there was some playing around with ideas, the food still had qualities and flavors that seemed traditional. Good stuff. We found the wine list to be very satisfying and were given excellent advice on choosing wines to go with our various plates. It was surprisingly quiet in the restaurant the night we were there. Not sure why this was so, as our dining experience was as good as any other we had during our three weeks in Italy. Perhaps the creative menu makes travelers interested in local flavors reluctant to try this restaurant? We are likely to have passed it by if we had not previously eaten in ‘traditional’ restaurants for the preceding number of days. We were rewarded for haven taken the chance by enjoying an excellent experience.

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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

After a 3 hour delay to our flight we finally arrived in Lucca just before midnight. Nothing appeared to be open, not even takeaways so not a great prospect particularly for our diabetic gluten-free daughter.

Then we came across il Geco with its open sign. We stumbled in only to find all the staff sitting around the table eating their after-service dinner. After a few words with their English speakers it was evident we had no chance of finding anything within Lucca. However, rather than letting us leave, they insisted on inviting us in. Despite us not wanting to inconvenience them they rustled up 4 first rate meals including one gluten-free, wine and dessert. The price was very reasonable but that was immaterial; the friendly welcome we received here was the best possible start to a holiday in Italy.

The restaurant is very tastefully decorated with many antiques and old photos. There's a lovely garden to the rear.

We'd strongly recommend (though before midnight).

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Such a lovely, distinctive and atmospheric restaurant, offering very reasonably priced, straightforward food of a very high quality. Being typically English, we arrived early by local standards, at 8 p.m. for dinner, so had time to take in the wonderfully esoteric decor - with each table decorated by a different pendulum-driven toy, oil lamps, sewing machines and an antique telephone ... Unobtrusive but efficient and friendly service, and individual blackboard menus. We chose primi piatti of tortelli Luchesi and ravioli al zuccha - both superb, but the former especially good. Seconding of scallopine with wine and lemon, and stracchetti with vegetables, two salads and a litre of house white. Flawless. As we ate, the restaurant began to fill, with a nice mix of locals and tourists. Highly recommended!

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Thank Chris N
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

The entrance to this place is kind of hidden and dark, but once you get inside you're blown away by the beauty of their garden and restaurant. The food is amazing with a menu that changes daily. All their pastas are made in house and are like heaven! Their ragu is out of this world delicious. And it's cheap!!its definitely not $$$ when a pasta costs €8-9 and a meat entree costs €12. I would go back to Lucca just to eat here again!

Thank Natasha S
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

We're so lucky to have our last night in il geco, the food was the best we had in all the trip, specially the bolognese, amazing! And the atmosphere, the staff, the wine and everything together. And not expensive, like 9 euros for a first course and 1 liter wine was 9 euros to.

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