A look inside Luca

The lunch serving of gnocchi at Luca Italian Kitchen.

Today was the first day for lunch at Luca Italian Kitchen, the new Italian restaurant where Uptown Bistro used to be at 301 N. Mead.

I went to check out lunch and was overall pleased with my gnocchi, pillowy potato puffs mixed with bites of homemade mozzarella and covered in homemade red sauce and basil. It was $11.

The inside was bright and attractive, and the place was packed. And the natural light was begging me to take pictures. So I did.

Luca's dining room is bright and cheery at lunchtime.