Pizzeria Luca, Bodrum

An Italian chef Luca Chessa and his Turkish partner Şule Aslantürk have opened up a place in the heart of Umurça neighborhood that might be exactly what Bodrum was waiting for. Serving the world’s favorite comfort food (pizza!) in a nostalgic old stone house seems like the perfect combination to appeal to those on vacation and locals who simply want to unwind after a busy day at work.

The location is one of restaurant’s biggest draws, with a spacious Italian-style garden. Named after the chef himself, the restaurant stays true to its roots in its menu as well. The finest selection of Neapolitan flavors, created from original, Italian-sourced ingredients, and the Italian music playing softly in the background gives it an authentic ambience.

The menu offers classic starters, such as bruschetta, and an almost infinite range of pizza varieties from all-cheese and all-veggie options to those topped with imported delicacies like prosciutto. Şule Aslantürk makes a mark for herself through the desserts, with chocolate cheesecake among the highest in demand.

The owner’s enthusiasm for their new venture is contagious, so the place can expect many hungry visitors this summer. There are only 12 tables in total, therefore dinnertime reservations are highly recommended.

Open Tuesdays-Sundays 12.30pm-11pm.

Umurça Mahallesi, Mandalin Sokak No.1, Bodrum; T: 0531 910 82 36

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