About Luca + Lola
Before immigrating to Cleveland, Luca and Lola met while growing up in their native Albania. As a cook in the Albanian army, Luca picked up some of his culinary skills during that time, and the pair both spent time in Italy before officially making the move to Cleveland.
When Luca first arrived in Cleveland 20 years ago, he started working for a steel factory and later picked up a job in Little Italy working for various restaurants. While he worked in Little Italy, Lola worked as a server for Morton’s Steakhouse for many years, both finessing their skills and learning a great deal about Cleveland’s culinary scene.
One day, Luca and Lola were having dinner at the former Ponte Vecchio restaurant on the Super Viaduct. They decided there and then to pool their savings together and open their very own restaurant—and Luca Italian Cuisine was born. Undoubtedly, Luca and Lola are the reason that restaurant has been such a success and for the growth of their business at large.
Lola is also a third level sommelier, handling the beloved wine program at Luca Restaurants. She is always in-tune with the look and feel of the restaurant, hoping to create an experience for customers that offers European fine dining in a comfortable and memorable setting.
Luca’s regular menu and daily specials, comprised of modern high-end northern Italian dishes, delight new diners and regulars on a nightly basis at all three Luca Restaurants. Their three locations in the Luca Restaurants group demonstrate their lifelong commitment to excellent food, outstanding service and creating a hospitality atmosphere that reflects the generous qualities of the Greater Cleveland area.
In addition to daily dinner service, Luca is available for onsite and offsite catering. Special menus can be designed for casual, buffet and fine dining events. All three Luca Restaurant locations offer outdoor seating, which is a wonderful setting for a pre-dinner aperitif, dinner or post-dinner nightcap.