Lucio is a man of boundless energy and a source of many anecdotes. He works every day he walks tirelessly through the tables talking with his guests and taking pictures with them. He has managed to win the admiration, respect, and affection of those who come to his restaurant, who always end up returning, because as he says: “many friends come here.”
Personalities such as King Juan Carlos, Bill Clinton, the Bush family, Kofi Annan, Madonna, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Jacqueline Bisset, Pierce Brosnan, Jane Fonda, and Tommy Lee Jones, among others have tasted Lucio’s delicious cuisine, including his emblematic eggs. He jokes with them and makes them laugh, and everyone always leaves with the promise that they will return to the restaurant on their next visit to Madrid.
If you have the opportunity to dine in Casa Lucio, you cannot leave without trying the excellent homemade croquettes, the beans with pheasant, the cocido—Madrid´s most characteristic stew with chickpeas as the main ingredient—the baked sea bass, the Asturian bean stew, the tender meats, the garlic prawns or the delicious oxtail, a recipe that was born in Córdoba with the traditional fighting bulls.
The extensive wine list features the main wines produced in Spain. Lucio is the ideal guide to recommend the best wine to accompany the dishes he knows so well.
Lucio Blázquez is one of the greatest ambassadors of traditional Spanish cuisine. Perhaps his eatery— decorated as a typical 19th-century tavern—is not the most luxurious and glamorous restaurant in the world, but trust me when I say that there is hardly another place where you will find a better service, a nicer environment and the feeling of being at home as you will in Casa Lucio. ■