Luciana, the very popular dairy restaurant in Jerusalem, is a restaurant that begs to be cloned. Its first (hopefully of many) outside Jerusalem is in Modiin's Yishpro center. Luciana in Modiin is closer to a younger sister Restaurant than an exact clone of the Jerusalem restaurant. It has its own special qualities along with its unmistakable family resemblance.
Luciana in Modiin restaurant curves around corner where Hamelachut Blvd meets Hasoher. This is the traffic circle at the beginning of Hamelachut Blvd. Off the main flow of traffic, you could easily miss it, which would be a shame, because you would miss a very good restaurant. Park in the large parking lot on Hamelachut Blvd and walk around the corner, or take a chance parking on Hasoher, which has fewer spaces.
Luciana Restaurant is designed to look like an Italian Piazza. Keeping the style of the Jerusalem restaurant there are trees and an Italian fountain inside the restaurant,
There are tiled paths between the tables and a fountain (not yet working). We loved the color scheme and the use of wood throughout the restaurant as well as the picture windows that gives the restaurant a lovely airy feeling.
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.
Our Visit to Luciana in Modiin
We met our family for a late lunch at Luciana Modiin .
The beautiful restaurant made this a kind of special occasion, even though it was just a regular visit of grandchildren with their Saba and Savta. The staff was friendly and attentive, and made us and two grandchildren very comfortable.
The menu has a good selection of breakfast dishes, pastas, salads, pizzas, focaccias, fish and drinks. The pasta dishes at Luciana in Jerusalem are exceptional, and we were curious to know if the Modiin kitchen meets the standard of its parent restaurant. The Red beet tortellini in a red sauce with Goat Cheese (shown below) and the mushroom filled tortellini are some of Luciana Jerusalem's signature dishes. We were pleased to see these dishes on the menu at Modiin as well.
We decided to go with the Pappardelle pasta dish in the "Specials" category and the baked salmon dish from the small selection of fish. Pappardelle are large, broad, flat pasta noodles. These were served with a magical sauce and chunks of sweet potatoes. The fish was perfectly prepared, and served on a bed of burgle with a lemony flavor. Long-leave onions were a nice addition on the plate. Portions were generous and both the food and service were excellent. The dishes came out very quickly and the presentation was lovely.
Our 15 yr old grandson, once a picky eater, mulled over the menu trying to choose. "Try some of Saba's pasta" we suggested and after one taste he chose this as his meal. The name pappardelle derives from the verb "pappare", to gobble up, and so he did. Pappardelle noodles are long, and we showed him how to use a spoon to wind them around his fork. Saba and Savta know all the tricks.
Our younger granddaughter is in the picky eater stage. The menu offers two childrens meals, but she dismissed both and asked that the kitchen prepare her pasta her way. Many restaurants would have accommodated this request, but the Luciana kitchen, we learned, has integrity, and they were not willing to prepare foods that would not meet their standards. This may not suite my young granddaughter but we were impressed with the chef's uncompromising professionalism.
And then the desserts. Need I say more?
Saba and Savta shared a lovely individual cheesecake with a crumb top, on a bed of strawberries.
Our grandson polished off his terrimasu with a great smile on his face.