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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!
Posted by grumpy oldman on 12/13/2009
Excellent Pizza. Worth the $$ (and I'm a cheap sob) Worth the wait (and I HATE waiting). Just suspend disbelief that your spending that much for a pie. Just do it. you'll go back. (we go at least twice a month - if not more)
Posted by karen on 08/20/2009
I really enjoyed Lucali when it first opened. But Mark Iacono truly opened this as a labor of love to preserve a precious Carroll Gardens establishment, he has gotten a little sidetracked (read: greedy) perhaps due to believing his own press hype. It is a fine pie - but in a neighborhood filled with Italians, and great pizza, it is not an outstandingly amazing pie which is what it would need to be to to be worth a a 2-hour weight, snotty service and a 30 dollar pizza. I fear that Lucali is in danger of losing its head up its own rearend.
Posted by anonymous on 07/01/2009
My husband and I were lucky enough to get here and not have to wait which was a pleasant surprise. The service was pretty good, the pizza was pretty good but the price was outrageous. We ordered one pie (18 inch) and a few toppings (mushrooms, shallots, peppers) and the bill came out to 30 bucks!!! Considering the pizza wasn't anything special and reminded me of something I can make myself using some pita bread and tomato sauce, it really wasn't a great value.
Posted by Sarah on 06/16/2009
Ick. I was so looking forward to this but would not recommend it. This place has gotten WAY too big for its britches. First time, we were turned away, hostess wouldn't even take our names b/c they were so slammed "I don't know, maybe it's the recent GQ article.." Girl, please. When I did get a table, with food in our hands and mouths, we were asked if we'd like the 2 slices still on the tray cleared for us. Then, the calzone was delivered. 5 minutes later (another thinly veiled attempt to rush us out) "We usually serve the calzone with marinara. Do you want that?" Why wouldn't we. One large pie and one calzone came to $37 - thirty-seven dollars! When we left an hour later under waitstaff pressure basically, we were told that since it was our first time, they comped us the corking fee, but next time it would be $4. In summary: we were rushed, given a dry calzone and told we got a discount. Tacky. Besides? The pizza ain't all that. Crust could be thinner. Get over yourself Lucali.