Lucia's Now Offers "Venetian Tapas"

The downtown Berkeley pizzeria upholds a Venetian tradition with small bites and wine.


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Lucia's restaurant in downtown Berkeley has just introduced the Bay Area's first cicchetti menu.

Offered in small pubs throughout Venice, cicchetti are small bites -- basically Italy's answer to tapas.

Available throughout the evening and during weekend brunch hours, the selection at Lucia's includes olives and nuts; a bruschetta duet; fritto misto; fried calamari; blistered shishito peppers; Venetian meatballs with house ragú; fried potatoes with rosemary; chicken liver on wood-oven bread; and codfish baccalá. 

In Venice, cicchetti were traditionally designed to pair with the ombra, meaning "shadow" -- a glass of wine served from a portable outdoor bar whose ever-changing locations followed the shadow cast by the Campanile bell-tower across St. Mark's Square ... and of which UC Berkeley's Campanile is a replica. 

To honor the ombra spirit, Lucia's is now offering a Happy Hour $6 pour of Venetian and other Italian wines.

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