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Posted by Charles on 08/18/2010
I used to come here all the time, back when it just opened, before all the hype and the media attention and its appearance on the various best pizzas in the USA lists. Back then it was amazing. Ate here again a few nights ago after a two-year hiatus and while the place looks the same (with some different pie making the pies), and it's still incredibly romantic, the pizzas aren't the same. And isn't that why you go here? The pizzas have a lot more crust and lot less area with sauce/cheese. Plus the cheese seemed less unique, more like the cheese you'd find at other pizzerias. Don't get me wrong, it's still a damn fine pizza, but nothing compared to what it used to be. And the prices, jeez, don't get me started.
Posted by cormingio on 04/19/2010
Negative reviewers: buy a clue. Firstly, you don't like the wait time? Figure it out, come early, put your name down, you can be the first group in the door when they open and don't even bother coming on the weekends, it's just common sense. Think the prices are too high? Dinner for two and the total check is 40 bucks so you shouldn't be complaining, this is NYC, they can't stay in business if they charge 10 bucks a pie, even the worst pizza in the city cost 15 bucks a pie! Don't think the pizza lives up to the hype? The problem ain't the pizza, it's the hype, how magical can you expect pizza to be? Either way I dare anyone to name five bettter pies in the boroughs, you can't do it so stop hating on Lucali. It's the best I've had in a long time.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2010
A PLAIN pizza pie from Lucali will set you back $24. Each topping is about $2 or $3 each, and the artichoke topping is $6. If you do half toppings they will still charge you full price for topping. For the value, it is not incredibly worth it.
Posted by Gaurav on 02/28/2010
The pizza is great. Among the better I've had in NYC. Additionally, the ambience was exceptional. The restaurant feels like a giant living room, dimly lit. Most seats also provide a view of the chef in action at the open brick oven which only adds to the charm of the place. Great place for a group of friends to celebrate or for a date.
Posted by Billy Pizza on 02/23/2010
Ignore all the poor reviews; the pizza is very very good. In fact, it is my favorite in all the boroughs. Yes, the wait is long, and yes, the pies are expensive, but it is all made up for by the BYOB and the atmosphere. Toppings are pricey and actually take away from the amazing flavor of the margherita (basil is free). All you naysayers should just pipe down.
Posted by local guy on 01/18/2010
Nasty waitresses, holier than thou attitude. It's just pizza, for God's sake. You can get it anywhere in the city, so don't waste your time on a trip to Lucali, unless you want to wait OUTSIDE for hours. Save your time and money.
Posted by irma on 01/03/2010
Yes, they make it "right there" (as if no one else does), and the quality is decent. But it is not excellent, unusual or amazing, and it is NOT worth $24 for a plain pizza. Three toppings burned a $36 wood oven hole in our pockets, and the wait just made it worse. It's all hype. Save your money and buy the $6.95 organic Trader Joe's imported pizza and you will taste the same Italian cheese and other flavors (really!)... and the TJ's is organic!