Luca Bella (Aventura)
***** Luca Bella, 19088 North East 29th Avenue, Aventura, Florida 33180, (305) 792-2222.
Got a really good Italian joint for you to try…Luca Bella in Aventura. Although its only been open for a few months, Luca Bella has developed a huge following, so you might want to think “reservations” before you go.
Rather than going into detail, Luca Bella is the brainchild of Mickey Maltese who in a former-life-was a partner in Matteo’s located in Hallandale Beach. Just so you know, I’ve eaten by Mickey for years and in his Matteo’s days- Mickey knew how to make great food and operate a top-notch restaurant.
You regular readers should know by now, that Matteo’s (with Florida locations in Boca Raton, Jupiter, Orlando and Hallandale Beach) is one of my favorite South Florida Italian restaurants…well, Mickey has now opened a new joint with a menu similar to that of Matteo’s ‘BUT’ with enough signature dishes, so you Matteo’s fans won’t think that you walked into a clone-joint…and Mickey still knows how to make great food and operate a top-notch restaurant.
Last night I ate dinner at Luca Bella. The meal for four consisted of chopped salad, fried zucchini, baked clams, penne alla vodka, chicken cacciatore, veal valdostana, burnt style-string beans/broccoli, tartufo. There really isn’t too much to say, other than every dish was delicious, the portions were huge, the service was just right, the prices extremely reasonable.
At this stage of the review, you guys can check www.lucabella.net for menu/prices/photos.
I really enjoyed Luca Bella.
Luca Bella is open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30am-3:30pm, and for dinner Monday-Thursday 5pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday 5pm-midnight, Sunday 4pm-10pm.
I have eaten at Luca Bella twice. You are right, the menu is similar to Matteo’s but there are a number of differences. Like you I am huge Matteo’s fan but Luca Bella offers me another place to dine where I know I’ll get a great meal.
Both restaurants are winners.
Mickey did a great job on this new venture and it should do very well.
Enjoyed the food and decor. Service was also good.
From: shelly woldoff
Subject: Spicy Ginger
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Really enjoyed Luca Bella.
The food was delicious.
The restaurant is very attractive.
The service was very good.
The prices were reasonable.
Good food and good service.
Loved the chicken scarpariello.
Good food and service. Very similar to Matteo’s but a much nicer looking restaurant.
Good Matteo’s clone.
Jeff, Sun Sentinel gave Luca Bella 3 1/2 stars this morning. They loved the restaurant and Mickey’s personal touch in running the restaurant.
Just had a chance to read your comments.
I read the Sun Sentinel review. Glad to see that one of its food reviewers got over to Luca Bella. Back in January 2012, I told you guys that it was a really good restaurant- and I see that the reviewer saw it like I saw it.
As I mentioned in my writeup, I’ve known Mickey for years having been to his Matteo’s Hallandale Beach restaurant numerous times. Mickey knows how to run a restaurant and in his Matteo’s days was a real-hands on operator. Mickey’s personal “touch” always made my Matteo’s meals even more special than just the terrific food and service. Apparently, Mickey’s still got the personal touch as pointed out by the reviewer.
If you check, in numerous Jeff Eats’ writeups I comment on owners/managers who go the extra mile in treating customers-just right. Mickey is an “expert” in that department and customers really appreciate the extra attention.
Other restaurants would be well served to follow Mickey’s model on how to treat customers.
Thanks for reading…
Sun Sentinel did a nice story on Luca Bella. They loved the food and service.
You and the Sun Sentinel are so right that Mickey Maletese’s personal touch makes Luca Bella very special.
I will tell you that being from LI and being a huge Matteo’s fan, that Mickey and all of his counterparts at Matteo’s locations always treated every customer in a special personal manner.
Glad to see that Mickey is doing well and I’m going to make it my business to give Luca Bella a try in the next few weeks.
jeff, saw the sun sentinel review. the guy was right on the money. good food and good service.
for sure its similar to matteo’s, but its a much nicer looking restaurant.
i live in delray so i frequent the matteos in boca.
i have been to matteos in hallandale a couple of times and bella luca once.
they are all good.
Delcious food and terrific service.
Definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in s Florida.
Fabulous food and very professional service.
Matteo’s in Hallandale is a drop better.
Food and service right up there with the best in s Fl.
Love the food and service.
Jeff, food is excellent. Service extremely competent.
Food is excellent as is service great cocktails too, one of my favorite places in Adventura