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575 Henry St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231
nr. First Pl.
Lucali. My home 3 blocks away from my home.
By icy on 2/24/2008
I've been there again tonight. I would like to share a feeling that I've been experiencing for the last couple of visits. This place FEELS LIKE HOME. I don't know why, maybe it's the music, maybe it's the waitresses, maybe it's the entire aura of the atmosphere, maybe it's Mark, and Marie and the rest of the crew. It just does. I feel happy inside. I feel happy when they call me back and say "we have a table in a few minutes, start running". Maybe it's the heart warming smile on everybody's faces. I have no clue. It just feels like home in this place. And that pizza; oh mamma mia!
Too crowded to try
By heimlichman on 9/12/2008
Be advised that Lucali does not take reservations and is "full for the evening" weeknights by 8. I thought they were smug about it.
By EatItBrooklyn on 10/3/2008
Good, tasty pizza but underwhelming in the face of all the hype. For photos & more descriptions, go to: www.eatbrooklynfood.blogspot.com
Tough to get in but worth it
By Clemence on 12/9/2008
Not to mention the location it is definitely a challenge to get in. But it is not one of these hot spot where there is a line just because there is a line. Once you are in, you wont be disappointed. Delicious pizzas are made with fresh ingredients and if you doubt it, just have a look in the back, you can see where the genuine magic happens. I am not an expert, but even I could tell the difference with other good pizzas. The Chef just knows what he is doing.
Great pizza, staff needs improvement
By nuoverose on 12/20/2008
We arrived and were told there was a 45 min wait for 2 people, but they would call us when our table was available. I was surprised that they offered that service, but annoyed when the hostess told us we could not wait at the restaurant and demanded that we close the door behind us because she was cold. Ten minutes later, as we were about to order drinks down the street, she called saying our table was ready. We were then seated directly behind the hostess station, and were stuck listening to her complain about customers, and then actually butting into our conversation. It seemed the staff was more interested in socializing than doing their jobs. The pizza, however, was fantastic. We ordered half with just cheese, and half with portabello mushrooms and shallots. They also scatter fresh basil and generous strips of fresh parmesan cheese all over the pizza. All in all, we felt that we were on the fence about whether we would return to Lucali. The consensus was that we would not have wanted to wait 45 minutes to get in.
By jmayfield828 on 6/3/2009
Lucali's without a doubt, is the best pizza I have ever had, in my life. I frequent Lucali's regularly because I am a huge fan of good pizza. The service may not be five stars, but the restaurant is more of a location spot for the neighborhood then for pushy outsiders that what to be treated like gods. I personally feel that the restaurant is to small and there is not enough sitting but if there was I think it would lose some appeal. I would recommend and it is worth the wait.
By nyfoodie2222 on 8/7/2009
this is one of those restaurants that survives based on hype and positive reviews from restaurant critics. I would keep well clear, awful service and expect a very long wait if you are more than 4 in your group, the hostess will put smaller groups ahead of you and a promised 1 hour wait will turn to 2 or 3. I would avoid.
decent but not great
By ericgyeh on 9/5/2009
definitely decent pizza, but dont believe the hype. not worth either a trek from manhattan to brooklyn, or the hour+ wait, and certainly not both. probably a good neighborhood spot, but nowhere near the world class eatery people seem to claim. beware the ballot stuffers!!!
Not at all worth the hype
By Nincompoop on 11/3/2009
I've eaten here when Mark was cooking--and it was fantastic. By far the best pie I have ever had, or dreamed of having. When Mark isn't throwing the pies--which, these days, is every day--what you get is OK, but not by any means great, pies. This last time I went some kid--seventeen, eighteen--threw my pie, and it was awful. Never going back.
By gourmand_anonymous on 2/24/2010
If you're into movie sets, this is your place. For the food comes second. Here's a little mental exercise: take Lucali's food (meaning, pies) and sell it at an inconspicuous stall anywhere in Manhattan/Brooklyn. In fact, just anywhere. Would it get the attention it has received? Could you charge $30 for it? Would anyone queue for it? Forty-five and more minutes? The set is convincing, especially after dusk: candlelit, yellowed walls, Italian opera and tarantellas. An underlying conspiratorial atmosphere is evoked, intended to make you believe you are 'in the know'. Well, this review is meant to awaken you from this romantic slumber and remind you that you are merely eating an elementary aliment, pizza, and you are about to pay disproportionally much for it.
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