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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.
Posted by anonymous on 06/15/2009
overall, i really enjoyed this restaurant. while the wait is long and its a bit expensive for pizza, the crust is thin and done just right and the toppings are fresh and delicious
Posted by Anonymous on 03/13/2009
I have been going to Lucali since the begininng, before manahattanites came over and Jay Z and Beyonce therefore, writing this review saddens me. To ease the pain of my husbands recent lay off we decided an inexpensive meal at Lucali would be best. Wrong! My pizza cost $41 after three toppings. Pizza should not cost $41. I felt ripped off and betrayed. The food and atmosphere are fabulous but I simply cannot justify a $41 pizza.