Welcome to M'tucci's News

Welcome to the first edition of La Gazetta di M’tucci’s, where you’ll see weekly news of life at M’tucci’s including promotions, specials, recipes, cooking techniques - basically all things M’tucci’s and Italian.

While we try to stay in touch with our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, we’ll have a new post here every Monday. We hope you check in with us weekly to read about what’s going on at M’tucci’s Italian and Market & Pizzeria in Albuquerque, and Moderno in Rio Rancho.

The famous Brunello vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino in Tuscany.

The famous Brunello vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino in Tuscany.

PROMOTIONS OLD & NEW

Loyalty Program

If you haven’t signed up for our loyalty program, you can do so by clicking on the link on the Home Page. You will receive 25 points with each visit and you may redeem your points for freebies. When you earn 2,000 points, we meet you at a location of your choice, drive you to one of the three M’tucci’s locations in the M’tucci’s bus and send you inside with a $300 gift certificate. Then we’ll return you to your location when you’re ready. The program only works with smart phones.

Service Industry Card

Area service industry workers can get a Service Industry card from us by showing proof of employment. With the card you receive 10% off your check every day and 20% off on Sundays from 6:00 - 9:00.

Lunch Discount

Show the Home page of our website to your server (with the lunch discount text) and receive 10% off of your lunch check at all three locations.

Monthly Photo Contest

Post a photo from M’tucci’s on your Facebook page or on your Instagram feed and use the hashtag #lovemtuccis. On the last day of the month, we’ll pick the best photo from the three photos with the most engagements (likes, shares and comments) and the winner will receive a $50 M’tucci’s gift certificate. Each month’s winner will be entered in the annual contest for the Grand Prize (tbd). The April contest starts today and will end on the last day of that month.

Coming Up

April 7: Flight of Four Seasons @ Italian

Conceived and designed by Liz (server at Italian) and Chef Damian Lucero, this event will be built around four tea-infused cocktails paired with a special dish for each cocktail. It begins at 4:00pm and reservations are required.

April 21: Easter Sunday Brunch

We’ll create a few specials in addition to our normal weekend brunch and lunch items. Reservations highly recommended.

Campo di Fiori in Rome.

Campo di Fiori in Rome.

About Me

I’m, Michael Lewis, the relatively new Marketing Coordinator for M’tucci’s Restaurants, the guy mostly responsible for the photography on the website and on Instagram and Facebook. I’ve been a professional photographer and journalist for more than 35 years, working for magazines and National Geographic. My wife, Jennifer, and I moved to Albuquerque last summer after living in Cozumel, Mexico for eight years.

I’ve had a lifelong love affair with restaurants in general and Italy in particular. It all started when I was a line cook in an Italian restaurant in Denver when I was in my 20s. Then I discovered the diversity of regional Italian cooking, which led to discovering the brilliant Marcella Hazan. If you have only one cookbook in your kitchen, it should be her “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking”.

I have worked and visited all 50 states, and nearly 50 countries, but I have been to Italy 6 times. Some of my favorite spots are small towns, especially in the wine country of Tuscany and Umbria. I’ve been to Liguria and Venice in the north, Florence, Siena, Montalcino, Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. I’m looking forward to visiting Basilicata, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily.

At M’tucci’s our chefs draw their menu items from all regions of Italy, often staying true to the classic preparations, but using local or house-made ingredients when possible. Our style is more Trattoria than haute cuisine. Our mission is to make Italian comfort food with a creative touch.

Finally, we embrace La Dolce Vita (in Italian “The Sweet Life”) and look forward to having you as our guest. We strive daily to excel with our food, our creative cocktails and our commitment to service. Our best advertising for the past five years has been our guests, both from word of mouth and with reviews on Yelp, Google, TripAdvisor and Facebook. We appreciate it when you spread the word about us with a 5-Star Review. However, if it should happen that we don’t meet our high standards or your expectations, please tell us about it. In fact, we think you should voice your complaints to the manager of any restaurant that you visit, and that it’s simply good manners and common courtesy to never slam someone on social media.

We look forward to hearing your comments, menu suggestions, our blog post suggestions. See you soon! ML