428 S. Calumet Rd.
302 S. Main St.
117 S. Main St.
Michael and Nada Karas have owned Lucrezia for almost 20 years in Chesterton and 15 years in Crown Point. “I believe our customers know that we strive for excellence and consistency, so the lamb shank for example, will taste the same each time they dine with us,” said Nada. “Many of our regulars, enjoy our chef features, which change weekly to capture fresh produce, meats and fish.”
Nada adds that Lucrezia is a scratch kitchen, and it is always looking for the best ingredients. “We make everything from scratch, even our desserts,” she said. “There are no deep fryers or microwave ovens. You will not find any frozen, vacuum sealed entrée pouches to reheat from a corporate warehouse.”
Lucrezia is family owned and Nada said she and her husband, Michael, respect their customers and their staff that have been with them for many years. “Everyone at Lucrezia is passionate about what they do, and we all get along and work well together. I think our passion shows in the food and service, thus making us No. 1,” she noted. “The restaurants are in domiciled in historic houses. When you dine here, you are in our home.”
The Karases said they are always honored and humbled to win the No. 1 spot for Italian Food, which they have won year after year. “Owning a restaurant is not glamorous; it’s a lot of hard work 24/7. Winning is the best affirmation that our hard work is appreciated by our growing number of customers,” Nada said. “ You are the reason we are here. Mille grazie!”
1155 Joliet St.
3123 Calumet Ave.