This restaurant serves fine Northern Italian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients in a relaxed, eclectic atmosphere. You may choose to dine in ... More
Lucrezia Cafe & Catering
This restaurant serves fine Northern Italian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients in a relaxed, eclectic atmosphere. You may choose to dine in the main dining room, in the full-service bar or in the al fresco dining area.
We have been a big fans of this restaurant even before they appeared on Chicago TV show Check Please and 190 North. The food is always consistently good and the service is top notch, yet not pompous. It's a casual fine dining kind of place. Basically it's a trattoria, an Italian cafe. Granite tables and minimal things on the table and paper napkins. The value is clearly in the food! We have been going there since they opened, which I think is about 12 years ago (not sure), and they always make us feel like family when we're there (don't feel that way at Olive Garden). We like to order from their specials which are posted on blackboards. We also like their outdoor dining in the summer. The garden with the red brick pavers is charming, so it's a great place for date night. Italian music over the speakers, some vino, great bread, good sauce....what can I say? Wine list is sophisticated and not overpriced. Some of my favorite things include any of their special soups of the day, their calamari salad and my husband is crazy about the braised roasted lamb shank. Cocktails are always cold and generous and they have 1/2 off price on bottles of wine on Monday and martini specials all day on Wednesday. Someone told me they thought the restaurant was expensive, but it's really not. The portions are huge and you always take something home. You can even get 1/2 orders of pasta and they don't charge you for splitting an entree like most places. There's a reason the restaurant has been popular for all these years winning consecutive Best of the Region awards and Neighbor's Choice. Kudo's to the owners and staff of this restaurant. We will continue to come back and we always bring our out of town guests here.
I have visited this place once and I vow never to return. First, the service was slow and it took forever to get a table. Nevermind that, I can deal. The food itself was really quite poor considering the cost. We had some calimari that was very watery and rubbery, just plain untasty. Did I mention expensive? For the entrees my girlfriend ordered some shrimp pasta and I had a fettucini with chicken. Each were around $16. This would have been fine if the serving size wasn't a small bowl. It was average at best and did not impress me. About halfway through our meal, my girlfriend discovered that there was indeed an actual cockroach in her pasta. We contacted the server and all that she did was told us we didn't have to pay for that dish and asked if she wanted a new one. Obviously, her appetite was gone by that time. We should have gotten the entire meal free for the terrible experience. This place is more of an upper-class status type restaurant. If you have plenty of money and aren't that hungry, don't mind a roach here and there, like being in overcrowded spaces, and poor service, you might enjoy this place.
Lucrezia is a wonderful find and an asset to the tiny town of Chesterton. Fine dining in a converted victorian home, with absolutely world class italian dishes like veal limone and the best Tiramisu you will ever taste! Highly recommended
The little Italian trattoria is a gem. Their menu has a lot to choose from. We like to order from their special blackboard, which is always creative and focused on seasonal items. They are very dedicated to quality and freshness that they even buy their Wild Alaskan Salmon directly from one fisherman in Kodiak, Alaska and ship it to O'Hare Airport! I think that's dedication and the Grilled Salmon is amazingly good and has all the omega-3's you need! The wine list is sophisticated for the region and they have different red and white wine specials. They always let me taste a special wine before I order to make sure I'll like it. The wait staff is efficient and very professional. This trattoria is definitely worth the drive. It does get busy, but it's always worth the wait.
This is a great little place voted the best dining in the Calumet area. We went there on the 3rd of July and it was very busy! The place was packed and loud and the wait for outdoor seating was too long to wait. After awhile the server got to us and we ordered wine and our food. It was difficult to visit because of the noise level, but we managed. The daily wine special was fantastic. All of our food from steak to pasta to seafood was amazing. Well worth the wait and noise! We plan to go back on a less popular evening.
Been to the Crown Point location a lot of times. The food is awesome, the price is right and the atmosphere is adorable! Went to the Chesterton location and the food, menu, prices are the same. A little smaller than Crown Point but a great place to have a quaint meal. Very good service and good food!
Lucrezia's is always a treat. Although, I do agree with others, it is a little pricey. The Chesterton restaurant is quite small and usually over-crowded. It's hard to have dinner conversation without talking quite loudly over the table. The Crown Point restaurant serves a better tasting meal, and is much more comfortable regarding spaciousness.
Lucrezia's was truly a great dining experience, as the restaurant is located in an old home that is warm and cozy, the service was friendly, and the food was very good that I would consider on the gourmet side of Italian cooking plus regular entrees.
This is by far my favorite place to go to dinner with someone special...very quiet...and sweet....very romantic or casual depending on your occasion. I love the outdoor seating under the lights at night.
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