Foodography: Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House opens today downtown

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Lori Midson
When Dixons Downtown Grill shuttered last Labor Day, it left an enviable plot of restaurant real estate in its wake. Numerous restaurateurs and chefs eyed the behemoth space -- which has since been divided into two separate entities -- but luck was on the side of a Louisville-based restaurant called Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House. Owner Brendan McManus leased 4,800 square feet of the 9,200-square-foot restaurant, located at 1610 16th Street, gave it a fresh, urbanized makeover, including a spiffy lounge with leather sofas and chairs and a mozzarella bar that peers over the open kitchen, which pimps a gorgeous brick pizza oven. And the convivial bar is cosmopolitan, too, complete with a craft beer lover's nirvana of tap handles.

And the food? The kitchen is overseen by chef Joe Troupe, who worked with chef and restaurateur Dave Query -- he who commands the Big Red F restaurant group -- and Troupe definitely has chops. My favorite dishes from his menu? I loved the fried kale leaves and kale salad, the Bruges pizza fluttering with roasted Brussels sprouts and the Napolitana strewn with tongue-searing chiles. Herewith, the food porn.

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Lori Midson
Southwest pizza smeared with San Marzano tomato sauce and topped with Fresno and poblano peppers, chorizo, garlic, mozzarella and fontina cheeses.

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Lori Midson
Sliced and fanned duck breast, glazed with ginger and paired with golden raisin faro.

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Lori
Mussels pooled in a Pernod, crème fraîche and roasted garlic broth.

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Lori Midson
Bruges pizza, roofed with shaved Brussels sprouts, sliced apples, pistachios, mozzarella and fontina cheeses and ribbons of prosciutto.

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Lori Midson
Roasted trout accompanied by oven-roasted broccoli and fingerling potatoes, beets and cauliflower.

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