Lucques is simply a great place to go with friends to have a relaxing, uncomplicated dinner. They have a small but thoughtful menu that offers enough variety for even your most picky companions. Suzanne did a great Crudo; kompachi with an authentic basil pesto dressing. Main dishes feature comfortable options but with a gourmet twist…such as perfectly braised shortribs resting on a squash puree with pumpkin pie seasoning. Another table favorite was an extraordinarily tender grouper served on a layer on onion-ey sauteed fennel. Veal cheeks were a bit disappointing; the wine sauce overpowered them a bit. The nutty farro accompaniment did pair nicely. A pork dish was a bit dry for my taste. For dessert, the table chose to share a plate of mixed confections (candy) for just $10. But the highlight of the dessert…and possibly the entire meal…was the hot chocolate. Four of us shared one small glass of ultra rich valrhona chocolate in cream with home made marshmallows. What a delectable treat. I would go back just for that. Corkage was $15, which they waived as we also purchased a nice Hitching Post Pinot from the reasonably-priced options.