California Travel Tips

Eat Like a Local at Lucci’s Italian American Deli

Published on: January 05, 2019


While January has been declared California Restaurant Month or Restaurant Week, depending on the city where you feast, some of the state’s favorite eateries don’t quite fit the bill for two or three course meals starting at $21. These affordable restaurants, delis and diners such as Lucci’s in Huntington Beach, are go-to places with long traditions of keeping the locals fed on a daily basis.

For 73 years, Lucci’s, an Italian-American deli, restaurant, bakery and catering business, has served¬†customers in Southern California with mouth-watering spaghetti and meatballs, roast turkey, lasagna, baby back ribs, salmon fillet, shrimp fettuccini alfredo and much more. Best of all, prices for meals start at $6.95, and breakfast fare at $4.95. There are wonderful daily specials, which particularly attract families and seniors.

In 1946, Lena and Carl Lucci (who operated a grocery store in Pittsburgh) began Lucci’s in Gardena. For 40 years, the Lucci family members made it prosper. In 1971, Lucci’s expanded by opening a deli (in part of a former Huntington Beach Albertson’s Store). It was operated by their son Bill Refice, Sr. and his wife, Jean. Today, it’s run by their sons, Bill and Rick Refice and family.

As destinations such as Huntington Beach host restaurant week events, insiders don’t mind sharing their secrets about local dining. HB Surfing Champion David Nuuhiwa, a native of Hawaii, said he likes eating Lucci’s Linguini with Clams in white wine & olive oil broth, topped with Parmesan cheese, and served with Garlic Bread. ¬†Read the full review…>

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