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María Blázquez laughs when asked how many times she has heard that her father’s eggs are the best. “To tell you the truth, many,” she answers between laughs. She is already the second generation of Casa Lucio, although her father, at almost ninety years old, refuses to give up the baton. Lucio Blázquez started working at the age of 12 in that place that is his today, in Cava Baja in Madrid, and he is not yet retired. His fried eggs have attracted anonymous and very famous people from all over the world, and behind that success there is a secret: eggs brought from Ávila from chickens that listen to classical music.
At Casa Lucio the menu has not changed much since 1974: stew, tripe, lentils, oxtail… “There have been many cooking trends, but my father has always continued with his dishes,” explains Blázquez. The novelty, actually, was to start serving this type of food when nobody did. At that time, eggs and potatoes were eaten at home, not in a restaurant. But Lucio got figures like Sean Connery or Bill Clinton to want to try them.
“My father was the first influencer, where he went, everyone went,” says Blázquez to explain Lucio’s gift of people. One of the hallmarks of the restaurant has always been to see its owner greeting customers. “We are more courteous with this, we don’t want to interrupt, but he has told us all our lives that it is important to ask diners, see their faces and make sure they are okay,” says the daughter.
At Casa Lucio the future is assured, because his three children are willing to continue with the family business. “One thing that is known throughout the world cannot be left out of the hand of God,” says Blázquez.
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