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Lucali – The Best Pizza in Brooklyn?

7 June 2009 2,240 views 7 Comments

A very belated “Thank You” to our Brooklyn friends — Josh, Laura, Lenny, and Danny. We visited them in late April and had dinner plans on a Thursday night. They told us to meet at Josh’s apartment at 5 pm for dinner at a place that was as famous for the long waits as they were for their pizza pies. It’s in Carroll Gardens and is called Lucali.

pizza1Lucali is BYOB so we picked up a large bottle of red wine at a nearby bodega. Inside, there were only about ten small tables and we took the largest table in the center of the narrow room. The ambiance was fabulous and lit only with candles. In the back, the owner and his assistant rolled out pizza dough with dark green wine bottles.

ingredientsOrdering is very simple at Lucali — they offer pizza and calzone. We ordered two pizzas and a calzone. I honestly don’t remember the toppings but I think one pizza was a margarita with mixed cheeses and the freshest basil. The other pizza had artichokes imported from Italy — that topping alone was $8 but it was worth it to taste the best artichokes I have ever had.

friendsI enjoyed every aspect of the experience — the bread, the sauce, the cheeses, the toppings. However, the candlelit atmosphere with cheesy love ballads in the background, flowing wine, and calm pie making of the owner made it perfect.

Lucali doesn’t have a web site. It opens every day except Tuesday at 6 p.m. until they run out of product. According to online reviews and background information from friends, the waits are crazy-long unless you are Beyonce and Jay-Z, who reportedly live in the neighborhood and eat at Lucali from time to time.

sign_001While the meals can get expensive – pizzas often cost over $30 (compared with our $12 large pizza in Austin at Giovanni’s plus $1 for toppings), the experience was one I’ll carry with me for a very long time.  Plus, rent in fashionable Brooklyn is a lot more than a parking spot in an empty parking lot off South Lamar!

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  • PookieSoup

    Sounds fabulous. I've never had NY pizza. :o( I live a sheltered life.

  • Anonymous

    I have been reading up on your blog, and I absolutely love it! I work with the Eddie V's group of restaurants and was wondering if there was a way I could send your information directly! If you could contact me at nick@newtononeill.com, that would be wonderful! Thanks so much.

  • Cara

    wow that looks totally worth the price. mmm.

  • double tonic

    Note to self: Do not read Tasty Touring when 1) you haven't had breakfast and 2) lunch is still an hour away.

    Going back to work after I wipe the slobber from my keyboard.

  • Cole

    I keep an Evernote notebook for things we want to do on future trips to NYC and just added Lucali. Thanks for the tip!! :-)

  • carla

    To whom it may concern;

    I am writing to inform you of our new Gluten free menu. About 4 yrs ago my sister Christine and I opened nebo restaurant at 90 N. Washington St. in Boston’s North End. Nebo is a traditional Italian restaurant offering dishes based on recipes that were passed down from our mother and grandmother. After being open for about a year, two of our closest friends were told they had Celiac disease. We then realized just how many people this disease has affected and the need for an alternative for their dining restrictions. Determined to serve our friends their favorites, we set upon making our menu available in a gluten free form. We are thrilled to say that we have now produced 90% of our menu with the same great taste as our regular menu. We don't think there has been an accomplishment that has brought us more pleasure. If you would like us to forward a copy of our Gluten free menu please send a menu request to nebofunctions@gmail.com .

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