One of the newer Italian joints in Albuquerque, Luca Italian Bistro has caught a lot of buzz during the pandemic times. I first heard of Luca through the grapevine, which takes a modern approach to Italian cuisine, and the flavorful selections were love at first bite.

The first plate I had to try was their eggplant parmesan ($15). Most of the time, the picture in the menu and actual dish don’t match, but this was exactly what I was looking for. Beautifully toasted cheese over fried eggplant served with their flavorful rich marinara, it was exactly what I was hoping for—a bit of traditional mixed with a delicious upgrade.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

The cool thing about Luca is their happy hour. The affordable selection of food, including dollar-off beers, features inviting dishes like their spiedini ($7), a plate of prosciutto-wrapped fontina on warm crostini and marinara, or better yet, their freshly made meatball and sausage ($8) which includes fresh cheese and garlic.

If the weekend rolls around and you and the fam are feeling like some tasty Italian cuisine in a slick modern environment, then Luca is the family-friendly spot to check out. An extensive selection of wine also makes it a perfect place to day drink with your friends. After my handful of experiences here, I can guarantee you’ll enjoy it just as much as I do.

Luca Italian Bistro & Wine Bar

8850 Holly Ave. NE Suite J

Neighborhood: Heights

Category: Bistro

Phone: (505) 797-8086




Cade Guererro

Cade is young journalist who has worked at publication in Austin, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He focuses on the cultural topics of Albuquerque.

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