Executive Chef/Owner Chef Cathy Pavlos started Sunday Supper at LUCCA in 2009, but the tradition dates back much earlier for her! Modeled after her own family dinners every Sunday since the 1950s, this special is offered the second Sunday of the month and features a four-course menu from a Mediterranean country or interesting European region, or even one noted Chef — complete with specialties and rare wines to match.
Sunday Suppers are served family-style on the patio at 3 p.m. sharp on the second Sunday of the month. Pricing is per person, and varies depending on the dinner.
“I vividly remember Sunday dinners at my Grandparents’ house in the 1950s in Huntington Beach. My grandfather was a commercial farmer who raised tomatoes, lima beans, broccoli and alfalfa, while my cousins were in the fishing industry in San Pedro, the orchard business in Whittier and bakery owners in L.A. On Sundays, everyone would bring their basket of goodies to my grandma, Maria Bottari, to cook, because she was the best cook,” revealed Chef Cathy, who opened Lucca Café in Irvine four years ago. “We all sat around a big table – anywhere from 10 to 30 people – and all of us ate until our hooves fell off. The courses would just keep coming out of the kitchen and the colors, textures, smells and flavors were so vivid, it is impossible to not remember them. That is what I aim to recreate with my Sunday Suppers at Lucca.”
Reservations required 48 hours in advance and can be made by calling (949) 725-1773.
Free parking available to all guests.