We were craving a new experience and since I was away last night, finding one was the least I could do! We headed to downtown Middletown with 2 places in mind--Luce and Esca. We started with Esca but quickly found that they only serve the dinner menu on Sundays! Not in the mood for dinner quite yet, we went across the street to Luce and I'm glad we did!
It was very quiet when we arrived (the main roads being blocked off probably didn't help traffic very much) and were seated by the windows. Inside, the decor was dark with a romantic, upscale feel and a fireplace that must be lovely in the winter. Service was quick and efficient, with beverages and bread being brought to our table shortly after sitting. Tom was intrigued by a special that they had available--striped bass with mussels and clams with garlicky spinach in a fra diavolo broth--I am trying to get better about tasting seafood, so I tried a bite and really enjoyed it. The bass did not have a strong fishy taste, the fra diavolo broth really complimented the dish. I had the Chicken BLT Sandwich,with applewood smoked bacon and a dijon aioli--the chicken was perfectly grilled and there was a mound of bacon on my sandwich! Accompanying the dish was a mix of regular and sweet potato fries and a dill pickle slice, all very nicely presented. We had an excellent lunch and would be happy to return!