No longer just the preferred way in which Hawaiians hang, Luce Bar & Kitchen's also the boozy, phoenix-esque reincarnation of the D'Amato family's corner spot, Da Nino's, now transformed into a modern, industrial tavern with garage-style windows and a massive concrete bar. To complement their next door fine-diner, they've skewed the “Italian and Californian gastropub” menu towards shareable plates to keep the atmosphere, and your belly, um, Luce.
Smaller stuff is currently repped by not-so-Italian bites like lamb shank or pork belly tacos with roasted pepper sauce and crème fraiche, house-breaded “Pork Drumsticks” served with a balsamic reduction, and a trio of pies like the pesto/ fresh mozz/ snail pizza that sounds gnarly, but will escargot down smooth. Don't want to walk over to Baci to get fat? Don't worry -- they'll also cook you up more caloric intakes like their signature Luce Burger (aged white cheddar, garlic aioli, caramelized onions & heirloom tomato), a flat iron steak with black truffle demi-glace, and daily specials like pork chops with bourbon apple compote.
And because the bar comes first in their name, they'll be careful to keep it properly stocked with around 20 vinos hailing from Fallbrook to Tuscany, 10 specialty cocktails, and 10 drafts including Societe's Harlot, a number of whom will hopefully be populating the bar by the time you've gotten, um, Luce.