Revised April 2018
Luciana restaurant is situated on the top floor of the Mamila center, just above the Mamila amphitheater. Through the Fox shop there is a glass elevator or an escalator that takes you right up to the top floor.Luciana boasts one of the best views in Mamila. Ask to be seated at the round table facing Migdal David. You'll have a picture postacard view of Mamila and the Old CIty walls. .
The Best, Amazing Desserts
Let me start at the end, which is actually what you will see when you enter the restaurant. At the entrance is a glass case of gorgeous desserts, beautifully displayed, like jewels. This is a promise that whatever else happens, your visit to Luciana is going to end well.
Luciana Restaurant is designed to look like an Italian Piazza, and it works. You'll feel that you are in an Italian street scene on a movie set. There are trees and a fountain inside the restaurant, all around a shiny inviting well-stocked bar. Some sections are raised and separated by wrought iron banisters. Other sections are on wood flooring and a brick path delineates the areas. There are small one-table porches that overlook the main Mamila thoroughfare.
The look is Italian but the architecture is Ottoman. The restaurant
is constructed from two heritage buildings. When we asked about it, they brought out a book with photos of the building during Ottoman times. This, you've got to see.
In addition to the history, we were impressed both with the food and the service at Luciana. The menu is varied and complete, portions are generous and both the food and service are excellent. The menu starts with a fine selection of breakfast dishes and then fixed price lunches. You can select from the many other menu items throughout the day.
eLuna Revisited Luciana Restaurant March 2018
Which are the Luciana signature dishes? We asked Joseph, the attentive manager of the restaurant. Red beet tortellini in a red sauce with Goat Cheese is a point of pride and one of Luciana's most popular dishes. This is a heavy pasta dish, that should be shared. We loved the kashkaval cigars almonds and Mascarpone cheese.
Speaking of fish, the new menu has an expanded selection of fish. Fish dishes are well made and is very nicely presented on a bed of diced root vegetables or sweet potato puree. The vegetable base of the salmon was slightly sharp and lemony, going well with fish.
The fish of the day was served on a bed of creamy sweet potato puree.
What is an Italian restaurant without its pasta and pizza? The selection of Pastas is impressive, but don't miss the section of specials with unusual ravioli dishes and tortollini, gnocchi and home made lasagna. There is also gluten free pasta.
And then the desserts. Need I say more?
Food, Decor, and Service: A Cut Above
Luciana at the Mamila Mall offers outstanding food, service, and decor. A lot of little things make this restaurant special. We especially appreciated having the table cleaned between courses and a new set of silverware provided. The menu is available in English and the staff speak English.
Luciana offers the worlds greatest desserts. Their conditoria - bakery in English - is on site and you will enjoy amazing desserts at Luciana that you have never seen before and are not available elsewhere. These are on display in a case at the entrance to the restaurant, suggesting that
You'll enjoy a full meal here, but this restaurant works even for a shopping break, a cuppa, coffee and dessert, or a cocktail. From its popularity, we advise calling for reservations in advance. The restaurant can host parties of up to 70 guests.
NIS 79. Gnocchi 69 and NIS 72. pizza nis 64 - 72, pasta nis 64 - 79, risotto nis 72 -78, fish nis 120 - 130, salads nis 65 - 67.
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