Guests in the Rahway, New Jersey area return to Luciano’s Ristorante time and time again for distinctive Italian cuisine. The restaurant is ideally located in the heart of the city’s business and arts district with ample parking available. Whether for cocktails and small plates or a full and satisfying meal, this is a destination that is sure to please. The charming and classic venue has seating for parties of all sizes. Luciano’s also has a spacious and welcoming bar and lounge. We visited on a Friday evening for dinner and enjoyed the excellent service.
The menu offers a delicious selection of salads and starters. We savored a house favorite, the Lucky Luciano salad. It’s made with fresh mixed greens perfectly topped with Gorgonzola cheese and a light dressing. Other salads include the classic Caesar Wedge and the pear and mesculine green salad. And don’t miss out on appetizers like crispy fried calamari, grilled lamb chop lollipops or stuffed California avocado.
Homemade pasta is wonderfully prepared and presented. Homemade ricotta gnocchi are served in a delicious red meat Bolognese sauce, garnished with mascarpone and parmesan shavings. Other mouthwatering pastas include Veggie Fettuccini, Fettuccini and Seafood Fra Diavolo, and Shrimp and Vongole Pantalleria on Linguini.
Main courses include traditional Italian dishes like chicken parmigiana and veal piccata, as well as a selection of savory dishes. We highly recommend the wonderfully seasoned and tender Lamb Osso Bucco, served with diced vegetables and crispy potato gnocchi. The dish is a feast for the eyes and the palate. Seafood lovers will be delighted to know that there are mouth-watering fresh fish dishes like seared halibut over Italian couscous, with mashed cauliflower and a saffron cream sauce or salmon stuffed salmon. crab meat served with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Although the portions are generous, the sides make nice table divides such as wild mushrooms, truffle fries or sautÃ©ed spinach.
It’s good to know that Luciano’s has dishes for all tastes and dietary preferences with vegan, vegetarian and ketogenic options. They serve Fettuccini Alfredo Primavera and a ripe tomato stuffed with lentils, orzo or risotto, over grilled vegetables in virgin olive oil. Gluten-free pasta is also available.
The drinks program is very well organized. It includes handcrafted cocktails, an international wine list with an emphasis on Italian wines, beers, spirits, after-dinner drinks and specialty coffees. There are cocktails you won’t find anywhere else, like Screaming Viking, a well-balanced drink that includes ginger liqueur, fresh cucumber, lemon juice, and Mint Hendricks’s Gin. Luciano’s Manhattan is a winning combination of Bourbon Redemption, Vermouth Starlino Rosso, toasted almonds and a cherry garnish. Trust your servers to help you pair the perfect drink with your meal.
Linger a little longer over a coffee, tea, espresso or cappuccino and have dessert. You’ll love the Dolce Course with selections such as Gelato and Sorbet, Traditional Tiramisu, Hot Chocolate Lava Cake, Tartufo alla Luciano, Cheesecake and more. We had the delicious Caramel Apple Single Serve. Empire Harvest freshly sliced ââapples are prepared using a two-step cooking process to achieve the golden finish of the dessert and have a silky, silky caramel filling. Luciano’s also bakes beautiful cakes, made to order for special occasions. They must be ordered at least 72 hours in advance.
Luciano’s Ristorante offers daily specials with dishes including selected cuts of beef. Call them to find out more about the highlights of their menu. Visit Luciano’s for fine Italian cuisine and courteous service. Gather your group and “Mangia”.
Luciano’s Ristorante & Lounge is located at 1579 Main Street, Rahway, NJ 07065. There is convenient on-site parking and valet parking. The restaurant is located a few blocks from Rahway’s Union County Performing Arts Center and the city’s NJ Transit station. Private parties and catering are available. For menus, opening hours and more information visit https://www.lucianosristorante.com/ or call 732.815.1200.
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