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Lugano Ristorante

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Stuffed Mushrooms
stuffed and seasoned with italian sausage, spinach, garlic, white wine and herbed butter.
Calamari Fritti
tender calamari lightly breaded, fried and served with fresh tomato sauce and italian salsa.
Bruschetta Classico
oven-toasted italian bread topped with plum tomatoes, sweet basil, garlic and fresh mozzarella drizzled with a balsamic vinegar glaze
Tomato Mozzarella Caprese
sliced beefsteak tomatoes, imported buffalo mozzarella, red onion, basil and kalamata olives splashed with extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.
Crab And Lobster Dip
a rich, creamy blend of crab and lobster baked with spinach, artichoke and mascarpone cheese. served with herbed flat bread for dipping.
Fried Ravioli
homemade spinach and ricotta cheese-filled ravioli lightly fried and served with a scallion cream sauce.
prime top sirloin thinly sliced and served raw with capers, arugula, red onion, extra virgin olive oil and imported asiago cheese.
Mussels In Tomato-garlic Broth
a full pound of delicately simmered mussels in a tomato-garlic-white wine broth.
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
two freshly prepared jumbo lump crab cakes with basil breadcrumbs and a red pepper aioli.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
applewood smoked bacon wrapped dates oven-roasted with a maple-balsamic glaze.
Tuscan Minestrone Soup
traditional tuscan-style soup with assorted vegetables and white beans.
Sherry Tomato Soup
italian-style tomato soup with a touch of sherry wine. garnished with our homemade parmesan croutons.
Lobster Corn Chowder
homemade with tender maine lobster, sweet corn, potatoes, vegetables and a touch of cream.
Chicken Florentine Soup
rich cream of chicken soup with fresh spinach and a hint of garlic.
Soup Of The Day
our chefs daily soup prepared from the freshest ingredients.
House Salad
mixed greens, carrots, cucumbers and roasted red peppers tossed in our herb-garlic balsamic dressing.
Wedge Salad
a wedge of crisp iceberg lettuce topped with our homemade blue cheese dressing, crispy bacon, diced tomatoes and red onion.
Roasted Beet And Arugula Salad
fresh beets roasted with a honey balsamic marinade and served with arugula, avocado, sun-dried cranberries and spicy walnut crusted montchevre goat cheese.
Caesar Salad
romaine lettuce tossed with our homemade caesar dressing and fresh parmesan croutons.
Spinach Salad
tender spinach leaves tossed in our sun-dried tomato-bacon dressing. topped with gorgonzola cheese, red onion and hard-boiled egg.
Chopped Chicken Salad
ceberg lettuce, grilled chicken, tomatoes, avocado, gorgonzola cheese, crispy bacon and red onion tossed in our special house dressing.
Grilled Shrimp Cobb Salad
large grilled shrimp served with hearts of romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, bacon, hearts of palm, tender sweet corn, pine nuts and hard-boiled egg. topped with our creamy parmesan dressing.
Filet Mignon Salad
three grilled petite filet medallions served with mixed greens, gorgonzola cheese, grilled vegetables and cherry tomatoes tossed in a red wine vinaigrette.
Seared Salmon Salad
fresh salmon fillet hand-cut by our chef and seared on iron with a fennel seed / black peppercorn crust. served over mixed greens tossed with red onion, cherry tomatoes, capers, fresh feta cheese and a lemon vinaigrette.
Chicken Marsala
tender marinated chicken breast with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions and a marsala wine sauce. served with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach.
Chicken Piemontese
grilled chicken breast stuffed with imported italian ham and smoked provolone and gouda cheeses. topped with a lemon-basil butter sauce and served with sauteed asparagus and roasted herb potatoes.
Grilled Chicken Pietro
grilled chicken breast topped with a homemade sauce of balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, rosemary and a touch of honey. served with sauteed portabello mushrooms and seasonal vegetables.
Grilled Pork Chops With Parmesan-gorgonzola Butter
marinated pork chops grilled and topped with a mild parmesan-gorgonzola butter. served with vegetable couscous, garlic mashed potatoes and a roasted garlic demi-glace.
Filet Mignon*
an 8 oz. filet mignon grilled to perfection and served with a sun-dried tomato cream sauce, sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, oven-roasted tomatoes and garlic mashed potatoes.
Chicken Parmesan
breast of chicken delicately breaded, lightly fried and baked with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. served with spaghetti topped with our garlic alfredo sauce
Eggplant Parmesan
parmesan-breaded eggplant, lightly fried and baked with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. served with spaghetti topped with our garlic alfredo sauce
Veal Parmesan
tender veal cutlets lightly breaded, fried and baked with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. served with spaghetti topped with our garlic alfredo sauce.
Salmon & Shrimp Milanese
fresh fillet of fennel seed / black peppercorn crusted salmon seared on iron. served with large grilled shrimp, creamy italian rice with asparagus and saffron and a lemon-basil butter sauce.
Garlic Shrimp Oreganata
oven-roasted shrimp in an oregano and garlic breadcrumb crust. served with capellini pasta tossed in a fresh tomato-basil sauce.
Saith Alla Sardinia
fillet of moist and flaky north atlantic saith flown in fresh from maine and seared on iron. served with a light white wine butter sauce, sauteed shrimp, oven-roasted tomatoes and kalamata olives. topped with crumbled feta cheese and fresh basil and served with sauteed asparagus.
Potato- Parmesan Crusted Tilpia
tender fillet of tilapia lightly pan sauteed with a potato-parmesan crust. served with vegetable couscous and a lemon-basil butter sauce.
Stuffed Pork Loin
pan-seared pork loin stuffed with italian cured meats and cheeses and finished with a sicilian tomato sauce. served with garlic mashed potatoes.
Lasagna Bolognese
pasta layered with our hearty meat sauce and a three-cheese cream sauce then baked until golden.
Farfalle Alfredo
grilled chicken, bowtie pasta, roasted red peppers, crispy italian cured ham, sauteed red onions and peas tossed in our alfredo sauce with asiago cheese.
Fettuccini With Lobster
black fettuccini tossed with lobster, wild mushrooms and a homemade lobster-cream sauce.
Ziti Al Forno
savory shrimp and chicken baked in a lobster-cream sauce with italian cured ham, red onion and our italian cheese blend.
Capellini Di Mare
angel hair pasta, large shrimp, scallops and calamari sauteed in a spicy tomato-vegetable sauce and topped with mussels and little neck clams.
Penne Sardi
penne pasta tossed with grilled chicken, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions and a sun-dried tomato cream sauce. finished in the oven with a topping of crispy garlic and oregano seasoned breadcrumbs.
Ravioli Quattro Formaggi
homemade ravioli filled with a blend of ricotta, parmesan, romano and blue cheeses. tossed in a delicate cream sauce with a touch of fresh basil and pine nut pesto and served over fresh tomato sauce.
Butternut Squash Ravioli
roasted butternut squash-filled ravioli tossed in a sage-brown-butter sauce with toasted walnuts, diced butternut squash and parmesan cheese.
Rigatoni Alla Bolognese
large tube pasta tossed with our hearty meat sauce, italian sausage and a touch of cream.
Chicken Cannelloni
fresh pasta filled with roasted chicken, fresh ricotta cheese and spinach. finished with alfredo and a touch of tomato sauce.
Freshly Prepared Handmade Dough. Enjoy As An Entree Or As An Appetizer ... Theyre Perfectly Sized For Sharing!
Chicken Piccante Pizza
spicy grilled chicken, smoked bacon, leeks, montchevre goat cheese and our italian cheese blend.
Sausage Pizza
italian sausage, fresh tomato sauce, caramelized onions and our italian cheese blend.
Pepperoni Pizza
pepperoni, fresh tomato sauce and our italian cheese blend.
Margherita Pizza
traditional preparation with fresh tomato sauce, basil and our italian cheese blend.
Mediterranean Pizza
vegetarian with red and green peppers, onion, mushrooms, black olives and our italian cheese blend.
Pepperoni & Mushroom Stromboli
our rolled pizza filled with pepperoni, sauteed mushrooms and our italian cheese blend. sliced and served with fresh marinara sauce.
Sausage & Cheese Stromboli
our rolled pizza filled with italian sausage and our italian cheese blend. sliced and served with fresh marinara sauce.
All Of Our Desserts Are Perfectly Sized For Sharing - Enjoy!
Tirami Su
espresso and liqueur-soaked ladyfingers layered with a mascarpone mousse.
Creme Brulee
homemade custard made with tahitian vanilla beans and topped with a layer of caramelized sugar.
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
a decadent interpretation of the classic made with rich, buttery brioche bread. simply delicious!
Warm Apple Crostata
sauteed apples with cinnamon and raisins baked in a flaky pastry crust. served with vanilla ice cream and homemade caramel rum sauce.
Torta Cioccolata
a chocolate lovers dream - dense chocolate cake with a rich chocolate-walnut icing. served warm with vanilla ice cream.
Bananas Foster
delicate banana-filled crepes topped with caramel rum sauce and almond biscotti. served with vanilla ice cream.
Lemon Tower Cake
three layers of moist lemon cake with a creamy lemon frosting. served with our homemade vanilla-lemon cream sauce and garnished with fresh strawberries.
Key Lime Pie
our homemade florida key lime pie with a crumbled almond biscotti crust. served with raspberry sauce and whipped cream.
two large pastry shells filled with sweet ricotta and finished with shaved chocolate and pistacchios.
Gelati E Sorbetto
raspberry sorbet, vanilla, spumoni or chocolate-chocolate chip ice cream.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend picked this restaurant as we were exploring Cary for the first time. It was a nice atmosphere (not too fancy for us, but fancy enough), and I loved the lobster soup! We'd go back if we were in the area again. Solid date...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank mollyk1023
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had our first visit to Luganos for a date night and it definitely impressed. The prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. We got the beef carpaccio appetizer, farfalle alfredo and lobster mac & cheese for entrees,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank mcburrell730
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dining room has a nice ambiance and decor, and that’s the highlight of this restaurant. The food is mediocre—nothing terrible, but nothing great either. There’s better Italian food to be found in the area. My sister was trying to order a bottle of wine...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MatterOfTaste
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great Italian option around Cary The food is fresh and the portions are good . The house wine was tasty I tried the De Mare entree with clams,mussels,scallops and prawn It was decent flavor. One of my friend tried the scallop dish and it looked...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Travel_Food_Photos
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This visit was a Christmas Party luncheon for a bridge group. Everyone was pleased with their luncheon selections and our entree was excellent. We had Atlantic Cod which was prepared with a light lemon sauce that was top notch. The fish was fresh and prepared...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Burtdol
Reviewed 28 November 2018

Recently visiting and for the first time the decision was a good one. A late lunch and desire for a quiet relaxing enjoyable meal was important and turned out to be a very good choice. While lunch menu is thIn as long as you are...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank James T
Reviewed 22 November 2018

Parents came in from Georgia for Thanksgiving, so upon recommendation from a friend, we ate here. For almost $100 for five of us to eat (four adult meals and a kiddie meal), I was expecting something so much more. It was a very sub-par experience...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Belinda O
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Went with five friends at 5:30. Wasn’t crowded but picked up before we left. Not loud, tables well spaced so you can carry on a conversation. Service was good. Knew all the local beers on tap and did a great job explaining the special. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Boldfish76
Reviewed 15 October 2018

All dishes we tried were somewhat unique, well plated and delicious. It was not busy at 5:30p, but was packed with a waiting line when we left at 6:30p. Great for locals and travelers

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank johnU6171XN
Reviewed 10 October 2018

We were visiting out of Town and ordered 2 Family Meals to go. The amount of food that came for the price was a stellar bargain. The meat in the pastas could have been better, but everything else was good -- the bread, salad, pasta...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Kathy C
22 April 2017|
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Response from docnc | Reviewed this property |
sorry, we don't go there for Brunch... wouldnt a simple phone call to Lugano with those two questions get your answers??
2 September 2015|
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Response from SCCLane | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do.
4 March 2015|
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Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do, very nice one, mac & cheese, 2 types pizza, and 3 pasta variations.
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