A new Italian option is opening in Kearny Mesa this month, moving into a freestanding building on Convoy that’s held a succession of Asian eateries. Luciano’s will be run by Joe Luciano, whose family used to own Crush, an upscale Italian restaurant in Solana Beach.
The menu will be similar to Crush, with 12-inch New York-style pizzas sold whole and by the slice, as well as Italian favorites ranging from chicken piccata to lasagna and other pastas; the kitchen will also do housemade focaccia and desserts. In addition to beer and wine, the restaurant will mix up hard Italian sodas made with rice vodka.
Serving lunch and dinner, Luciano’s will also be reactivating the site’s drive-thru element. Operating until midnight on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends, the drive-thru window will offer an abridged menu of pizza by the slice, pasta, and sandwiches.