Dining With Denise Neil

A peek at the Luca menu

Luca Italian Kitchen, the new restaurant Melad Stephan opened Friday in the former Uptown Bistro space at 301 N. Mead in Old Town Square, has been getting buzz all weekend.

Four or five local foodies either e-mailed me or told me over the weekend that the food was very good, and all credit the talents of chef Gianluca Sciagata, for whom the restaurant is named. (He makes his own mozzarella, people.)

I’m looking forward to trying it, especially the bistecca Tagliata and the proscuitto e rucola pizza. (Take a look at the full lunch menu and the full dinner menu.)

Starting Wednesday, the restaurant’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Tonight and Tuesday, the restaurant is open only for dinner starting at 5 p.m.

Call 316-262-3232 for more information.