What would Italians do if they sourced their meats and vegetables in northeast Texas? Texas-born David Uygur shows us. Serving up rustic cuisine redolent of rural Italy—but composed from local ingredients—Uygur mirrors the way Italian chefs and home cooks focus intently on freshness and on the homegrown produce of the season. At Lucia, the Bishop Arts area, Lilliputian-sized restaurant he runs with his wife, Jennifer, Uygur butchers and cures his own meat, and crafts house-made pasta. Though he sometimes uses products that take some diners to the edge of their comfort levels, the James Beard nominated chef ensures his food is so delectable, his customers thank him for that journey.