Much of Lucia’s charm, and much of the reason why people used to reserve tables months in advance, is the restaurant’s tiny size and the resulting close-knit sense of family between regulars and staff. Coronavirus made the small dining room and even smaller kitchen into a threat, however, so the restaurant closed for months to devise a response. Now lavish takeout meals, ranging from lasagnas to roasted pork shoulders and always accompanied by side salads and desserts, are available each week, along with cuts of salumi and tubs of ricotta. If you like and there’s room, take your multicourse feast around the corner to sister restaurant Macellaio and eat on the patio. (Kidd Springs Park is another solid picnic plan.)
Top pick: Everyone talks about Lucia’s pastas, which means they’re missing out on something even better: its fabulous bread, which before the pandemic was often topped with fresh vegetables or melting cheeses. Luckily, loaves can now be purchased for takeout.