Good to Go by Lucrezia
Lucrezia Cafe owner Nada Karas never pictured herself as the owner of a sandwich shop.
"I didn't even want to be a called ‘a sandwich shop' in the beginning," chuckles Karas, owner of the wildly popular Chesterton eateries. "What I wanted originally was to offer quality Italian meats that you couldn't get at your local grocery stores. Yet, eventually, people would come in asking for a sandwich, and being in the restaurant business, I certainly didn't want to turn them down."
Since opening in the ‘little house', Good to Go by Lucrezia has evolved from just a small deli to a thriving business offering a wide variety of delectable items. While some Lucrezia favorites such as vegetable lasagna, veal meatballs and stuffed chicken breasts are available for the every expanding ‘to go' crowd, the deli also offers a wide range of Italian meats and cheeses. "It was never part of the plan when we opened Lucrezia over 14 years ago," says Karas, who works alongside Good to Go manager and marketing coordinator Joyce Stauffer. "But as the restaurant continued to expand, we started giving more thought to the ‘to go' concept, and in July of 2010, Good to Go by Lucrezia was born."
Besides additional salad options such as chicken, macaroni and potato salad, Good To Go by Lucrezia also carries an expanding line of ultra premium olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars along with dry goods such as fresh bread and pastas. "Our deli case is always changing, so we certainly don't ever have a menu etched in stone."
Yet, when it comes time for Karas to sit down for a small bite to eat, she certainly has her favorites. "I definitely support the farm to table concept, so I absolutely love the time of the year when I can go to the European Market in Chesterton and pick up some fresh items for my salads," she says. "I have a lot on my plate these days, but those are the times when I can truly sit back and enjoy how everything has evolved into what it is today."