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The Standard - Luca, the new restaurant from The Clove Club gang, is a beauty. In an early-19th- century listed building in Clerkenwell beside Hat & Mitre Court, the facade painted a Howard Hodgkin black-green above bottle green glazed tiling frames windows with net café curtains hanging from brass rails at half-mast. read more
Wallpaper - The smart signage on the facade at 88 St John Street is the first indication of what to expect from Luca, the latest venture from the trio behind the multi award-winning, Michelin starred Clove Club. Inspired by 1950s art deco Italian graphic designand typography, the visual identity created by London-based design studio EverythingInBetween underpins Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith’s ‘Britalian’ – Italian dishes made with English ingredients – concept. read more
London List - The dining room at Luca, at first, feels like it could be anywhere, until you notice the bevelled edges on the tables, the art deco styling, elegant cutlery, and the little gold clip-tray that pinches your bill. We've seen some good quality Italians in London, particularly in recent years, but at Luca, they're doing something slightly different — serving a British menu, 'seen through an Italian lens'. read more
Olive Magazine - The restaurant’s design has been inspired by 1950s Italy, with a blue and sage colour scheme and an impressive semi-open kitchen flanked by floor-to-ceiling glass walls – while they eat diners can watch the chefs at work in the pasta-making room. There’s also a bar, open all day, serving espresso and pastries in the morning, salads and cured meats at lunchtime, and cocktails alongside shared plates in the evening. read more
The Telegraph - Beautiful, carefree Luca leaves the cool, cerebral stuff to its high brow sis. Timeless Italian glamour rules, across a captivating series of rooms in oak, brass and marble by Alexander Waterworth Interiors (Annabel’s, High Road House). Begin in the bar over Campari soda and gnocchi fritti, before staying there for more of the same or moving on to the glass-walled back room for a traditional Italian four courses and a bottle of patrician wine. read more

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