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Luciana Italian Restaurant

Kosher Dairy Restaurant
8 Mamila, Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5021000
Kashrut: Rabbanut Yerushalayim, Mehadrin.

Open Sunday - Thursday: 8:00am till 1:30am. Friday: 8:00am till 2:30pm.
Motzai Shabbat: Open one hour after Shabbat till 12:00 midnight. Closed Shabbat.

November 2012 Revised December 2015
Luciana restaurant is situated just above the Mamila amphitheater and faces Migdal David. What started as a light dairy cafe is now a full fledged restaurant with a full menu and great choices. At last the menu at Luciana matches its amazing decor.

The Best, Amazing Desserts

Let me start at the end. Luciana offers the worlds greatest desserts. Their conditoria - bakery in English - is on site and you will enjoy amazing desserts at Luciana that you have never seen before and are not available elsewhere. These are on display in a case at the entrance to the restaurant, suggesting that whatever else happens, your visit to Luciana is going to end well.

Luciana boasts one of the best views of the walls of the old city, in Jerusalem. Knowing this we walked to the Old City side of Mamila and walked up a big flight of steps to get up to the restaurant. It turned out not to be necessary. Through the Fox shop there is a glass elevator that takes you right up to the top floor where there are several other eLuna restaurants.

Luciana on Mamila is designed to look like an Italian Piazza, and it works. You'll feel that you are in an Italian street scene on a movie set. There are trees and a fountain inside the restaurant, all around a shiny inviting well-stocked bar. Some sections are raised and separated by wrought iron banisters. Other sections are on wood flooring and a brick path delineates the areas. There are small one-table porches that overlook the main Mamila thoroughfare.

The look is Italian but the architecture is Ottoman. The restaurant is constructed from two heritage buildings. When we asked about it, they brought out a book with photos of the building during Ottoman times. This, you've got to see.

In addition to the history, we were impressed both with the food and the service at Luciana. The menu is varied and complete, portions are generous and both the food and service are excellent. The new menu (from November 2015) starts with a fine selection of breakfast dishes and then fixed price lunches. You can select from the many other menu items throughout the day.

We started with the brochette, two long pieces of thick toast covered with tomato and shredded Parmesan cheese. You'll get the idea after the first one, so I would advise sharing this dish with your dining partner. Red beet tortellini in a red sauce with Parmesan is one of Luciana's most popular dishes. This is a heavy pasta dish, that again, can be shared. The new menu includes some high end dishes not on the previous menu. You'll be pleased to find fresh red tuna grilled on a plancha. Don't even think of sharing this dish. You'll will want it all for yourself.

Speaking of fish, the new menu has an expanded selection of fish. Fish dishes are well made and is very nicely presented on a bed of diced root vegetables or sweet potato puree. The vegetable base of the salmon was slightly sharp and lemony, going well with fish. The fish of the day was served on a bed of creamy sweet potato puree.

What is an Italian restaurant without its pasta and pizza? The selection of Pastas is impressive, but don't miss the section of specials with unusual ravioli dishes and tortollini, gnocchi and home made lasagna. There is also gluten free pasta.

And then the desserts. Need I say more?

Food, Decor, and Service: A Cut Above

Luciana at the Mamila Mall offers outstanding food, service, and decor at reasonable prices. A lot of little things make this restaurant special. We especially appreciated having the table cleaned between courses and a new set of silverware provided. The menu is available in English and the staff speak English. When I asked for my drink of choice - hot water without tea and without nana, I didn't get my usual strange look.

You'll enjoy a full meal here, but this restaurant works even for a shopping break, a cuppa, coffee and dessert, or a cocktail. From its popularity, we advise calling for reservations in advance. The restaurant can host parties of up to 70 guests.

From the Menu: Italian Brochette with tomatoes and Parmesan NIS 34. beet and goat cheese tortellini NIS 52. fresh red tuna grilled on a planca nis 64. Fish dishes NIS 120. home made lasagna NIS 79. Gnocchi 69 and NIS 72. pizza nis 64 - 72, pasta nis 64 - 79, risotto nis 72 -78, fish nis 120 - 130, salads nis 65 - 67.

From Our Readers

Date: April 13, 2015. Submitted by: Sara Rotenberg. Description: Don't forget to bring cash! I was very surprised to be told by our waitress that Luciana charges a 12% surcharge when paying with a credit card. Unbelievable!

Date: October 24, 2013. Submitted by: shiny. Description: My husband and I went to Luciana's in Mamilla with an eluna voucher that we were given as a gift. We were there for lunch, and, walking in, it was lovely. The decor and ambience were very pleasant, and I was looking forward to our meal. We checked that we could use the voucher for the set meal, and were told yes.

As an appetiser, my husband ordered the polenta with mushrooms and parmesan, which he thoroughly enjoyed, and I ordered the caprese salad, with tomato, basil, mozzarella and olives. It was tasty, but there were no olives in my salad.

We both ordered the tuna for main course, with a glass of wine from the business lunch menu. It came on a bed of green beans, with a lemon relish on top. My husband really liked it, but the inside of my fish was raw and cold. When I told the waiter, he tried to convince me that it was supposed to be rare-medium. I pointed out that there is a difference between cooked rare-medium and being cold and uncooked. They took it away and re-cooked my fish. By the time it was returned, my husband had almost finished, and my fish had been replated, missing half my beans. We shared a chocolate tart for dessert, which was delicious.

When the bill came, we noticed that not only had the dessert not been added to our bill, but that they had charged us full price for the glasses of wine, which we had ordered from the business lunch menu. The bill ended up being about 20 shekel lower than it should have been. We pointed this out to the waiter, who told us that the extra wine charge cancels out hte dessert non-charge, and just to pay what's there and not worry.

The food was tasty, and the service is pretty good, but I don't think I'd rush to eat there again.


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