Lucas studied civil engineering in Brazil. Since jobs were scarce, he immigrated to New York City in 2001 where he worked as a bartender at the Odeon, a maitre d’ at Pulino’s, and a manager at Morandi. When he and his family moved out to Seattle, he did a brief stint at Place Pigalle before becoming the General Manager at Tilth, where he worked for two years before becoming manager at Rione XIII and then Tavolàta Capitol Hill.
Country of Origin
First Restaurant Job
Busser at a place called Ossobucco in upper east side NYC.
Last Restaurant Job
General Manager at Tilth.
Alternate Universe Career
Soccer player (naturally).
Favorite Late Night Snack
Brown rice pasta with whatever I find in the fridge.
Best Meal Ever
On my first visit to Washington State, to meet my wife’s family. We had fried oysters that we harvested on Hood Canal, venison steaks that my brother in law had shot, and vegetables from my father in law’s garden. I provided the entertainment that night by, not knowing what rhubarb was, heaping a big scoop of raw pie filling on my plate.
After Work Hangout
Favorite Seattle Restaurants
Brimmer & Heeltap, Joule, Revel, Boat Street Cafe, Palace Kitchen, Tilth
Restaurant Pet Peeve
When things are not put back where they belong.
What do you love about Seattle?
Natural beauty and seafood.
Favorite Place In The World
A tie between a place in the northeast coast of Brazil called Itacare and the Olympic mountains.
Can’t Live Without
My wife Jessie and son Bruno.
What’s On The Nightstand?
Charred and Scruffed by Adam Perry Lang and some kids books.
What’s On The iPod?
Seu Jorge, Led Zeppelin, Chico Buarque, Cream, Elis Regina.
Favorite Movie Quote
F… it, dude, let’s go bowling.
What Have You Learned?
Always make time for your family and don’t take anything for granted. It’s worth taking the time to do something right.