Lucali

Pizza Place and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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  • Kevin H.
    Kevin Hsieh4 days ago
    Get here early and put your name down then walk to a liquor store and pick up two bottles of wine. Then get a calzone AND pizza. Guaranteed memorable night.
  • Phil T.
    Phil Toronto3 weeks ago
    One of my favorite pies not just in NYC, but the world 🍕 BYOB & cash only and expect a wait (that is well worth it!) The calzone is also INCREDIBLE.
  • Eric J.
    Honestly think the calzone is the best item on menu, you haven't tried one like this before!
  • Taj B.
    Taj BaileyFebruary 14
    Pizza is ok. The star is the calzones!!!
  • Jackie G.
    Jackie GJanuary 6
    Plan to put your name down before the restaurant even opens and make plans in the area until they can seat you. Also BYOB! :)
    Upvoted Mar 27
  • Man A.
    Man AguilarDecember 31, 2016
    Calzones is the best
  • Claudio E.
    Claudio EspinalDecember 27, 2016
    Sat next to Jay-Z and Beyoncé on more than one occasion and for good reason. If not for Di Fara this might be the best pizza in NYC...their cheese calzone might actually be even better
  • Jessica
    JessicaNovember 29, 2016
    Forgot - also get the crispy side of pepperoni! Sooo sinfully amazing!
  • Jessica
    JessicaNovember 29, 2016
    Amazingly charming place, with a great story. Get a pizza. And a calzone. Bring your own wine. Toppings? Shallots, Basil - they load it!!!; and garlic. That is all.
  • Jay M.
    Jay MuntuNovember 2, 2016
    BYOB, be prepared to wait 2 hours.
  • Raquelle J.
    Raquelle JessieOctober 24, 2016
    get the calzone, everything comes w. fresh basil and it's BYOB !
  • James K.
    James KiernanOctober 7, 2016
    Lucali has vaulted to #1 in my pizza rankings. Outstanding pizza and calzones and a real friendly vibe. Bonus points for BYO!
  • Vijay D.
    Vijay DevarajanOctober 3, 2016
    The best pizza. That's really all there is to say. Oh - the calzones are great too.
  • Lily
    LilySeptember 30, 2016
    Get extra sauce for dipping everything in.
  • Monica M.
    Monica MarziglianoSeptember 17, 2016
    Best pizza in NY- no question. Don't miss the calzone either... Buon appetito!👌🏼
  • Carolina A.
    Carolina ArribasAugust 28, 2016
    Best pizza in Brooklyn according to Jay-Z
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestAugust 11, 2016
    Lucali is home to Beyonce and Jay-Z's favorite slice, so it's gotta be good. This Brooklyn spot is also BYOB. Read more
  • Alana W.
    Alana WeissJuly 25, 2016
    Get extra sauce for your pizza
  • Branden S.
    Branden SpencerJuly 19, 2016
    All beef pepperoni
  • Adrienne H.
    Adrienne HarreveldJuly 4, 2016
    really good! ONLY COME IF YOU HAVE A RESERVATION. Was told the wait would be 1.5 hours and it ended up being exactly three hours. Not worth my impatience, but worth it if there is some prior planning
  • Latha S.
    Latha SJuly 1, 2016
    Calzone's a No for me
  • Latha S.
    Latha SJuly 1, 2016
    You can watch when he makes the Pizza while you wait for your order to come in.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BearJune 20, 2016
    They open at 6pm, but they start taking names at 5pm. If you arrive at 6 the wait might be 2 hours, but they'll text you when the table is ready!
  • Warren L.
    Warren LainJune 20, 2016
    Pure. Pizza.Hop over to the corner store to get some beer, it's BYOB.Mark is a family man. You'll see his family dining there often.
  • Noura S.
    Noura S.June 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Best pizza in the world. Prepare yourself to wait up to 2 hours
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChenMay 19, 2016
    Don't miss out on the pepperoni pie and calzone. Great ambience.
  • Gus F.
    Gus FarnesApril 19, 2016
    Margarita Pizza is fantastic, reminiscent of of how pizza tasted in Sardinia as a kid. Combination of great ingredients and care👌.
  • Ezra P.
    Ezra PollardApril 8, 2016
    Incredible pizza and calzones.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DApril 6, 2016
    Semi-pro move: order your pie(s) pick-up and scoot over to the picnic tables at Cobble Hill Park if the weather's nice
  • Graham L.
    Graham LindnerApril 1, 2016
    Simple and delicious. BYOB for the win.
  • Adam D.
    Adam DruckerApril 1, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Calzones are amazing
  • Ben K.
    Top 5 pizza places for me. Get there before 6 or expect a 2 hour wait. Pizza is excellent but the calzone is the real star. Perfect meal: pepperoni pizza and shallot, basil, garlic calzone. It's BYOB!
  • Emily L.
    Emily L.March 19, 2016
    This place is divine. Get a pie for two and add a small calzone. BYOB!
  • Pia F.
    Pia FouillouxMarch 18, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Best pizza and calzone in NYC!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.March 7, 2016
    OH MY GOSH THE SAUCE IS UNREAL. also if you order a calzone, you get a big side of it for dipping. calling for pick up is the best to beat the wait if you live in the neighborhood.
  • Brad K.
    Brad KleinMarch 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    1st: small, focused menu ensures every/anything is good. Pro tip: pepperoni on side = oven-cooked crispylicious. Pro tip2: call ahead! Pro3: basil, garlic on everything. Pro4: side sauce calzone!
  • Chrissy K.
    Chrissy KFebruary 28, 2016
    Pizza and simple toppings. Yum
  • Pizza Lover 1.
    Pizza Lover 1February 8, 2016
    Place rocks !
  • David B.
    David BanDecember 31, 2015
    Lemme guess, 2 hr wait on a Monday? Pro move: order a pie takeout, head to Floyd on Atlantic (they allow food), and dine like a king on leather couches.
  • I A.
    I AmosDecember 24, 2015
    The calzone is sublime. Order it with garlic. Drink any leftover marinara.
  • Danny
    DannyDecember 22, 2015
    Best Wood fired pizza and the calzones in NYC and just when you thought it couldn't get better? BYOB!!
  • )( ).
    )( )(December 4, 2015
    Best pizza in brooklyn....hands down. Perhaps all of nyc.
  • Soo
    SooDecember 1, 2015
    Cozy and casual. BYOB is a beautiful thing. Worth the wait. Love the simple, no frills menu. Atmosphere is lively and warm.
  • Liz O.
    Liz OhNovember 15, 2015
    Calzone cut up evenly with our party size
  • Memo S.
    Memo S.November 3, 2015
    The pizza is great and rivals many of the New York giants, but the calzone is amazing and stands alone.
  • Burak M.
    Burak MOctober 27, 2015
    Currently closed for renovations (10/27/2015)
  • Courtney L.
    Courtney LeonardOctober 21, 2015
    Jay-Z recently named Lucali Brooklyn's best pizza place during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, and that's the only reason you need to go here.
  • Jack C.
    Jack CoyneOctober 18, 2015
    Pizza is unreal
  • Gozde H.
    Gozde HostenSeptember 27, 2015
    Everything
  • A W.
    A WriterSeptember 12, 2015
    Decent pizza, no more. The toppings are good quality but the crust is too cracker-y for my taste. If you don't get there BEFORE it opens, expect to wait. Don't believe the hype.
  • Hattie B.
    Hattie BrownAugust 11, 2015
    It's a warm, welcoming, family-run spot. They really take care of you, even when you're waiting outside. Drop by an hour before opening to put your name down - at least 1 hour wait but SO WORTH IT.
  • Steven G.
    Steven GantmanJuly 31, 2015
    Fresh ingredients but very long wait, don't go with more than 4 people or in the summer- it's a mosquito fest outside
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaJuly 11, 2015
    Just one world.. Calzone!
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzJune 29, 2015
    Well this one is the legend. 2 pizzas only, try both. Be there at 5.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LauJune 15, 2015
    Pretty solid. Get the Bey-Z special: 15 layer pizza.
  • Soraya D.
    Soraya DarabiJune 5, 2015
    Ask for pepperoni on the side extra crispy as all the locals know to do
  • Jenna O.
    Jenna OdettMay 15, 2015
    Cash-only, BYO, no reservations, get the calzones. For Sunday group dinner arrive by 5:15p, worth the wait.
  • Austin S.
    Austin SipesApril 18, 2015
    Amazing wood-fired pizza and calzones.
  • Being Fatty
    Being FattyApril 13, 2015
    Must get pepperoni on the pizza which crisps up beautifully or their calzones which are always amazing
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KApril 11, 2015
    Amazing pizza
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacMarch 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic pizza but the real gem is the calzone, which is by far and away better than any other.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDMarch 21, 2015
    Pizza and calzones, that's it. BYOW
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteFebruary 28, 2015
    Best pizza in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/your mouth
  • Caroline
    CarolineFebruary 10, 2015
    In Carroll Gardens. Best of VV. BYOB. Put your name down ahead of time.
  • Colin H.
    Colin HansonFebruary 9, 2015
    Best pizza I've ever had. Also its BYOB which is awesome and hard to come by in NY. Only problem is the wait can be long.
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LJanuary 11, 2015
    This is hands down the best pizza in the country.
  • Tracey C.
    Tracey ChurrayJanuary 4, 2015
    So worth the wait. Honestly might be the best pizza I've ever had. BYO and cash only. There's a bodega on the corner to pick up some single beers.
  • Margarita K.
    Margarita KrupDecember 10, 2014
    The pizza here is amazing! One of the best I have had in NYC. Add on the complementary garlic to your pizza and ask for a side of tomato sauce to dip the crust. calzone was great too!
  • leo k.
    leo kyivNovember 11, 2014
    u have to know one thing: it is usually line here but pizza is really good
  • Carl C.
    Carl CollinsNovember 2, 2014
    If you live nearby ordering pies to go is luxurious.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarnettOctober 20, 2014
    You can't go wrong with fresh ingredients, thin crust, and an oven that's hot-as-hell. BYOB, and they'll kindly pop the caps and even keep them refrigerated for you.
  • Martha
    MarthaOctober 18, 2014
    calzone and pizza. yum.
  • Amber V.
    Amber VittoriaSeptember 28, 2014
    The best pizza in NYC. Hands down.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FindleySeptember 24, 2014
    Pie with basil
  • Mary C.
    Mary CrosseSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Put your name down in person right at 6pm. Come back to my apartment to drink wine until they call your name. Overdose on pizza
  • Raja H.
    Raja HSeptember 10, 2014
    Lucali is BYOB
  • Danny C.
    Danny CarnajeSeptember 7, 2014
    "Watch The Thrones" Pizza. Just remember to BYOB AKA 40oz, VODKA OF THE GODS, that type of thing. 🙌
  • Jack O.
    Jack OsborneSeptember 7, 2014
    Be prepared to *wait* and think about what you want. Now promptly forget about what you want and get a pepperoni and hot pepper pizza. Heaven isn't even an accurate portrayal of what you'll feel.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikSeptember 1, 2014
    The pizza is *Italian chef caricature kissing his fat fingers* (They don't do reservations, but you can order a pie or calzone for pickup.)
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelAugust 30, 2014
    The pizza is excellent--but the calzone is on another level. Get it simple, just some garlic, maybe a bit of basil.
  • Mell P.
    Mell PerlingAugust 30, 2014
    Calzone with just some garlic--perfect
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    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
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  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Saul Bolton, chef of Saul, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Calzone. Read more
  • Max K.
    Max KesslerAugust 21, 2014
    They are literally growing the chronic veggies in the BACKYARD! These chefs are straight up using wine bottles to roll out the pizza dough - most authentic pizza experience I've had, and I'm a native.
  • Angelina
    AngelinaAugust 17, 2014
    Yes you need a pizza AND a calzone in the same sitting.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica M.August 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pizza is perfection - among the best in all of NYC. Get there at 6, put your name down, and grab a drink across the street while you wait for your mind to be blown. BYOB.
  • Jeff F.
    Jeff ForbesAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Wait is long, but worth it. BYO - no corkage fee. Enjoy the massive amount of basil in every bite.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DorvilleAugust 10, 2014
    Good pizza and an awesome date night but get there early and put your name on the list. It gets long....
  • Basak H.
    Basak HaznedarogluAugust 10, 2014
    It's worth the wait. Promise. Once you pass the "velvet line", simple yet amazing pizza is awaiting. Sausage, hot peppers, basil and garlic sauce!! Oh and it's BYO. Hell yeah!
  • Nasir M.
    Nasir MemonAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best pizza in Brooklyn. Go early as it gets full and they don't take reservations.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 9, 2014
    One of our top go-to spots for pizza! The calzone is bursting with fresh ricotta and mozz pretty much making it one of the best things on earth! Call ahead to put your name on the list and BYOB!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HAugust 7, 2014
    For once, the hype is real.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PorterJuly 31, 2014
    I wanna die with a belly full of Lucali's pizza and a smile on my face.
  • Rodrigo D.
    Rodrigo DaviesJune 11, 2014
    Contrary to previous reviews, there's no charge for BYOB. Amazing pizza too.
  • arish
    arishMay 20, 2014
    be sure to line up well before lucali opens to have a shot at scoring a table and tasting one of chef iacono's delectable handcrafted pies.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 14, 2014
    Thin-crust pies and mouthwatering calzones result in wait times that can stretch for hours -- and some of the best pizza reviews in the nation.
  • @thirsty
    @thirstyApril 28, 2014
    Don't forget to ask for extra red sauce on the side
  • Forest C.
    Forest ConnerApril 26, 2014
    Wonderful pizza, great calzones, but even better dining experience
  • Michael A.
    Michael Armando 🍻April 17, 2014
    Best pizza. Calzone is awesome also.
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 17, 2014
    At this intimate Carroll Gardens restaurant, Mark Iacono makes thin-crust pizzas topped with a three cheese blend (fresh and imported mozz, plus Grana Padano) and fresh basil. Read more
  • Sanem B.
    Sanem BSeptember 24, 2015
    Sanırım hayatımda yediğim en güzel pizzaydı. Sanırım değil evet o! Garlic mutlaka ekletin. Efsane!
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