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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2009
I finally tried Lucali and was not disappointed. The atmosphere was really lovely. The attention to details from the candles to the tables was great and the service was unremarkable but just fine. The food was delicious. It was fresh, tasty, and beautifully presented. Both the pizza and the calzones were fantastic. The wait was pretty absurd, but the hostess does help by offering to call cells so you don't have to wait in the tiny space outside. Lucali's is absolutely worth a visit. I'm not sure if I'd bear the wait again, but for locals its a great takeout option.
Posted by mattyirie on 02/09/2009
The place undeniably makes a pretty good pie, I went a lot in the first year, tried a number of topping combos and calzones, which showed more reason to complain and were certainly less desirable than the pies. That said, the lines are long and the 4 dollar charge for what is supposed to be BYOB is an unfair business practice, it's something they implemented after about 8 months of being open. Stubborn or not, that caused me to not go back, and the price gouging for the pies with toppings is another reason, yes rents are expensive, products such as flour and cheese have sky-rocketed, but there has to be a limit, the topping price should be cheaper, and at least the BYOB charge erased as a sign of the times and recognition of a loyal customer base. And at those prices my pie cant risk that extra minute in the oven.. which may be on occasion, forgivable.
Posted by Tesa-D on 01/31/2009
We only went here because DiFara was closed...but let me tell you I might come here first before I go to difara! the place is romantic, waitress very sweet. space looks clean, everyone is friendly. the music is lovely and decorations as well. we waited (45 min) at a dunkin donuts a few blocks away til our table was ready because there is no place to stand inside and it was too cold to sit on the benches outside. the pizza tastes fresh, very similar to difara's but the cheese used makes if different, the crust is thinner too. the sauce is just right, not too much, just enough...oh and the basil! i could still taste the sweetness of the basil. we ordered half plain/half pepperoni...AND THEN WE ORDERED ANOTHER PIE! we couldn't finish it all this time around. I could only eat one more slice (making that a total of five (5)). this pizza is great. a bit pricey. but honestly the experience was AMAZING!! I'm upset this afternoon because the person I went with, ate my share of our leftovers which I was hoping to have for lunch. :( I thinking of driving from Queens to Brooklyn again tonight, this time around I will bring my own bottle of wine, since it's a BYO place.
Posted by Dan the man on 01/11/2009
I traveled through the snow to try Lucali's with four of my friends last night. I was initially worried because of all the hype regarding this restaurant after all it was the number one pizza restaurant in this year's Zagat survey with a rating of 27/30. However, Lucali's did not disappoint. The ambiance was of a much higher quality than in most pizza establishments. Our waitress was quite helpful and she explained our choices in terms of pizza and toppings. I am personally a fan of mushroom pizza, and when it arrived at our table, a mere 25 minutes later, I was impressed. It started out with a thin crust, and very light as far as pizza is concerned. The crust was extremely crispy and melts in your mouth. Lucali's uses a very nice mix of cheese on the pizza which tasted fresh and flavorful. In addition, the sauce had a great flavor with just the right amount of spices and tomatoes. Overall, I really enjoyed this experience. I have been to a few of the city's best pizza restaurants, and this is comparable with any of them. I had a great time and I would really like to return.
Posted by Kodozzz on 01/07/2009
I'm of the opinion that you don't get better pizza than at Pepe's in New Haven. That being said ... I live in NYC so I needed to try out the supposed best pizzas. This is one of the places I saw listed. I went there with my husband and we were really disappointed. The price for a pizza is $24 without any toppings. I was quoted an additional $8 for artichoke pieces. Can you imagine that? It seemed like a total rip for $8, so we ordered a plain pie. The crust is quite good albeit a bit too thin. Sauce is totally lackluster. Cheeses are grated fresh by the pizza man for each pie. And they're baked in a wood-fired oven. All sounds like the makings for a great pizza. But it's not. Just lackluster and not at all worth the $$$$. Have a slice from your regular on the corner pizza joint and save your money for something else.
Posted by cobb hill girl on 11/13/2008
...this place is the real deal. the pizza is fantastic, so fresh, amazing char on the crust. mmmm. and the calzones are awesome too. get the sauce on the side. it may sound strange, but you'll want it when you get down to the crust part where the cheese ends. so good. go right now.