For an old school Italian experience, Club Lucky is a fantastic restaurant. I’ve been here a couple times and both times did not disappoint. The place has a great, older, supper club ambiance – with art deco furnishings complete with classic banquettes. The restaurant dates back to the late 30’s when the bar was first opened attached to a VFW hall. You know, there’s something nostalgic about VFW halls – it’s like a part of the whole Norman Rockwell Americana that isn’t around nearly as much as it used to be. And Club Lucky definitely hearkens back to a more nostalgic time.
Both times I went, I got pasta dishes – the rigatoni with veal meatballs on my 2nd visit featured plenty of tender, ping pong ball-sized meatballs. The only complaint I had was that it was a bit too much. If the usual lasagna and fettucini alfredo type of fare is not appealing, they did also feature a Specials menu to satisfy those looking for a bit more. At some point, I would like to try their tiramisu or a cannoli, but so far, I’ve been too much of a piggy-glutton to make it past the bread, calamari and pasta.
Nestled among single family homes off the main strip of Bucktown/Wicker Park, Club Lucky also featured a good sized patio area, in addition to their dining room and cocktail lounge inside. With a casual atmosphere, the service strives to be attentive – and with reasonable prices for the generous portions served up, you’ll feel Lucky for going. Here’s looking at you, kid.
- Name – Club Lucky
- Neighborhood – Bucktown/Wicker Park
- Where – 1824 West Wabansia
- Phone – (773) 227-2300
- Meals – Lunch and Dinner
- Attire – Casual