Last month, we were invited to preview Lucca Cafe’s new happy hour menu that they were getting ready to roll out. This was also our first time at Lucca so it gave us a great opportunity to check them out.

Lucca is a Mediterranean restaurant and also a wine and cheese shop in Orange County. When you walk in, you are met with a great selection of wines and a deli with an ever-changing selection of cheese, meats and handmade sweets. It is a quaint shop located in the Quail Hill shopping center that draws its inspired menu from France, Italy and other parts of Europe. We had a wonderful time trying the new small plates menu and hearing the great stories told by Chef Cathy.

If you are looking for something unique, intimate and not so cookie-cutter, I strongly recommend you stop in and try some of these small plates. You will not be disappointed.

Here are some of dishes we got to enjoy:

Cumin and Cinnamon scented New Zealand Free Range Baby Lamb Chops, Mint/Parsley Yogurt

Burata Cheese, Basil Pesto, Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Bruschette, Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil

Lucca Cafe Cured and Braised Crispy Pork Belly & Corn Kernal - Mascarpone Polenta

Pan-Fried Sherry Clams with Pancetta

One of the highlights of the meal was a last-minute addition to our tasting, an affogato made with artisan goat’s milk ice cream from Le Bon Gouter, lady finger and some great espresso. The goat’s milk ice cream really made it special.

Affogato with Le Bon Gouter Goat's Milk Ice Cream

Here is your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Lucca Cafe for you to go check them out yourself!

Contest details: There are a two ways to win:

1. Follow @satnightfoodies and @LuccaCafe (1 entry for each follow).

2. After you follow, simply RT this link (1 entry). We’ve made it easier for you tweeters, all you have to do is copy and paste the following into twitter:

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That means you can get a total of three entries!!

Contest ends Friday, March 16 at 11:59pm PT and the winners will be announced on March 19. One lucky winner will win a $50 gift certificate to spend at Lucca Cafe. Good luck and happy tweeting!

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