Craig Street in Oakland is a great little refuge for Pitt and Carnegie Mellon students looking to get off of campus for a meal. Unfortunately, I have yet to find anything there yet that’s stuck out to me as being truly special. Hoping to change this, I found myself at Lucca, an Italian spot that I hoped would be great in a city filled with great Italian food.
Unfortunately, this did not turn out as I had hoped. I ordered the Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast, which came with caramelized onions, smoked gouda, tomatoes, and a garlic mayo. They followed my instructions not to include the onions and tomatoes, but there were still some weird green sprouts on the sandwich when it arrived. It didn’t look pretty. And perhaps even less pretty was the bun of the sandwich that had been left on the grill for far too long and had been rendered to a halfway state between a bun and a charcoal briquette. The chicken was fine in terms of flavor, but really nothing special. In fact, the most special part was the gouda, but only because gouda is my favorite cheese and not at all because this was some sort of special gouda.
Oh, and I guess the fries were fine too. But let’s be real, Lucca is simply not a place worth going to. That’s why I went, so you don’t have to.