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  • Restaurants | Fusion
  • price 3 of 4
  • Clerkenwell
  • Recommended



4 out of 5 stars

An upmarket Italian restaurant in Clerkenwell.

Time Out says

Luca, a new Clerkenwell Italian from the bods behind the Clove Club, is a classy joint. I dread to think how much they spent on it. From the airy and marble-clad bar section, to the lofty dining room, with deco-rustic fittings and billowy drapes, and the faded-palazzo loos, all burnished mirrors and taupe plaster, it’s a handsome spot.

This warmth extends to the menu: trad-rustic and occasionally finicky, this is upscale country comfort food – resolutely non-punchy by delicious nonetheless. First up, parmesan fries: gossamer-light and greaseless fingers of cheese, destined to become a Luca trademark. Starters proper were similarly delicate. Turnip tops, samphire, smoked cod’s roe and sweet butter was a verdant puck of a dish, all rockpools and sea air, the roe powdered and dusted across the plate. A devilled Cornish spider crab bruschetta was deconstructed, the critter baked with cream and breadcrumbs, perfect for splodging on toasted sourdough and trickling with green, grassy oil.

A bowl of light pheasant and mushroom agnolotti came served in broth, the tiny parcels of pasta containing a mildly gamey filling overshadowed by the lip-smacking, tea-like liquid – the kind of thing convalescing princes might have been fed in olden days.

Rump of Herefordshire beef stuffed with pancetta was a salty smack to the chops after all the dainty morsels, the meat slicing like butter, spotted with dribbles of kale juice and a slab of salsify gratin giving a bit of welcome crunch. Exemplary stuff, though not something I haven’t had a hundred times before (and inevitably will again). For dessert, a bowl of baked chocolate orange mousse was cripplingly rich but nicely offset with malt-heavy barley ice cream.

Luca isn’t a spot to come on a budget, but if you’re sans expense account the bar is set up for more casual sandwiches, salads and aperitivo (as well as a menu of small plates for dinner). Nonna might baulk, but for slick cooking in design-mag surroundings, Luca ticks all the boxes.

Hosting a private event?

This venue has areas available to hire for private events

Luca says
British seasonal ingredients through an Italian lens.

The restaurant serves high-quality ingredients from around the British Isles and Italy. Seasonal produce such as scallops from Orkney, Hebridean lamb and turbot from Cornwall. It is food that observes the established traditions of Italian cooking, but breaks the rules a little.

Signature dishes include Parmesan fries; Rigatoni with pork sausage ragù, tomato, anchovy and mint and our much-loved Tiramisu. Take a seat in our light-filled conservatory or at our marble bar for a drink or to settle in for the night.

We have three private dining spaces; The Terrace for up to twenty guests, The Pasta Room for up to ten, and The Garden Room for up to eight guests.
We can also accommodate parties for up to 14 guests on large tables in our main dining room or up to 100 guests for private hire.

Open from Monday - Saturday, 12pm - 2pm and 6pm - 10pm.


88 St John St
Tube: Farringdon
Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £130.
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