Lucciola

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400 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Lucciola, located down the street from Central Park, where the most fireflies can be found in the city: an homage to Bologna, its cuisine, its cinematic history...a city of dreams brought to life here in New York City.

The dishes, the atmosphere and the overall concept of Lucciola, was specifically inspired from the film Fest di Laurea, directed by Pupi Avati. We portray Avati's nostalgic and romantic mood of Bologna in our restaurant. From the decoration within the film, we were struck by how simple lights, illuminating a courtyard reminded us of fireflies, which brought to our name, Lucciola.

Our restaurant is dedicated to the lead actor in Avati's film: Nik Novecento, who embodied the values of Bologna from his passion, soul, courageousness and kindness.

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Complimentary specials

Happy Hour

Enjoy our happy hour! Starters and Salads 50% off , house red and white wine for $10, Spritz and Negroni $10

Happy Hour

Enjoy Happy Hour! 50% off on starts and salads, $10 for house red, house white, spritz and negroni

1 Free Tomato Bruschetta for the table !

1 Free Tomato Bruschetta for the table ! Just one for the table, not for each person at the table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

such a great dinner and vibe, wide wines offer and great pasta and pizza

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vipalberto
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Fabulous atmosphere, friendly staff and amazing food.
Zucchini parmigiana OMG, and tagliatelle bolognese unbelievable. Comprehensive wine list. A truly gem to try

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid honest food and great great wines for any pocket

AF
vipAnnF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cozy and lovingly run, Lucciola is a nice addition to the neighborhood. Authentic Italian with some expert touches.

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vipLainee
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We went because it was jazz night. Group was great and the food was very good. It was our first time here and we will be back.

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vipalberto
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!
Had such a great time! Had the Bolognese home made pasta that was to die for, zucchini parmigiana. Good wine list and we were lucky to hit the jazz night !

A gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Cacio Pepe ever! Maybe a bit too al dente for me but so rich in flavor and cheese! The wine specials are so so great

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vipG2G6
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Total disappointment. We were the only diners at 8:00 pm for dinner. Empty restaurant. Now I know why. Everything from the food to the service to the attitude was outrageously bad. The menu sounded great, their story sounded great, but the "truffles" were tasteless, the buratta was not really buratta, the bruschetta were stale, the pasta overcooked, the cacio pepe sauce tasteless and gluelike, the brocolli overcooked and amateurishly presented, the steak not seasoned. What a waste.

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vipteresab
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I like Lucciola and Michele, the owner is very accomplished. I want the restaurant to do well and stay in the neighborhood.

However, the branzino that I ordered was not fresh. Very disappointing!!!

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vipRenee
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal at a neighborhood place on the upper west side. Beautiful restaurant, great service and food.

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vipAnnemddc
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

cozy space, friendly wait staff (Matteo is very helpful!) and solid food. Will be repeat visitor.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for the “Italian” meal, this place is more. This is the Italian experience. Ingredients strictly superior and elegant location. Michele and Alberto great people!
Good vibes and buonissimo “delicious” food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food I ever had in New York, amazing wine selection! Tiramisù is incredibly creamy and done at the table in front of your heart shaped eyes LOL!

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viploiss
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Salad came not dressed and I had to put my own oil/vinegar on it. Don't like that. Bruschetta was very bland and had no character or herbal flavoring. Pasta had way, way too much sauce on it and I had Pescatore and there no no clams in two of the shells.
I, unfortunately, would not recommend this. Sorry

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vipdiningguru
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding. Real Italian food, real Italian hospitality. Pasta fresh and delicious, great desserts, too.
PK.

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vipkovalevnyr
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My pasta was delicious. My wife's was overcooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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vipLWCS
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice Valentine's Day dinner at Lucciola. The truffle bruchetta was novel and excellent. The cacio e pepe was a bit on the peppery side, which I liked very much, although my companion was not as enthusiastic. Nevertheless we agreed that the pasta was cooked perfectly. Branzino was also excellent. Good wine list, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic and delicious food and unexpecet jazz night! Loved the ford as much as the vibe and jazz was such a great classy touch! They will pour wine into your glass at the table from a gigantic wine bottle, 6 Liter, my first time ever, great wine and impressive idea! Definetely outstanding Italian food and fun dinner time

PB
vipPeterB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpectedly good with a limited menu. Servioce was good wine selection was good.

CW
vipChrisW
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu is small. Food was solid, but not spectacular. Setting is cute and intimate.

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vipRTSV
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not great!

Food was the big disappointment. Appetizers of bruschetta and caprese were fine with the focaccia = meh. The pastas, however, seriously lacked luster. Served on wooden "boat" trays (cleanliness ??) my bland, watery duck Carbonari was like eating something in a cafeteria. Plus the flourish of shaved truffles did nothing to enhance the dish's flavor. Large black slices reminded me of tasteless church wafers.

In terms of ambience the room is small and lighting romantic. Only problem? It is full of plants and greenery which give the room a wet and dank aroma.

Overall impression … not impressed (albeit waitress was wonderful).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food an ambiance were magnificent. It's a small restaurant nestled In a quaint area of NYC. They have outdoor seating in the summer which I look forward to going to. My only complaint, is that the food comes out quickly and I felt rushed. Other than that, it's 5 stars.

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vipalberto
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Octopus, bolognese, Tiramisù to die for

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vipFoodieNYC
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We wanted to love Lucciola after reading so many favorable reviews, but despite the beautiful room and friendly staff, the food did not live up to expectations. Because it is New York and the options for delicious, classic Italian food are competitive, you have to beat average and only one of the dishes we ordered made the cut. Recommended: Fettucine bolognese. The grilled octopus appetizer (at $19) tasted fishy, something that should never be the case, and wasn't nearly charred enough. The special appetizer, a chicken liver pate on crostini, was presented nicely but the bread tasted stale and was neither crusty nor fresh. The chicken parm was good, with the star being the red sauce. Lucciola boasts a huge wine list (more wines that food by a landslide). At these higher than normal prices, the food should be mind-blowing and it wasn't. Two entrees, two appetizers, 3 glasses of wine = $170 (with tip). At those prices, you must do better.

JW
vipJeanieW
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Our server, Matteo, was fantastic and the food and wine delicious. Love the cacio e pepe and come for that. Charming atmosphere as well. Highly recommend Lucciola.

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vipSatisfied
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I went to this restaurant soon after it opened and although the food was good the chairs were very uncomfortable and the exhaust fan did not work properly making my clothes smell. I am pleased to say that they have upped their game considerably. The ambiance is much improved with table cloths and comfortable seating.

The food was good. The spaghetti bolognese is excellent. The tiramisu was unusual in that they made it tableside. Quite fresh and they accommodated my request to make it with decaf coffee.

The exhaust is working better.

I will be going back and am happy to have another neighborhood option for dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without any doubt the best octopus I’ve ever had, came here for a quick dinner during a snow blizard night and found a real Italian gem, I’ll be back soon for more wine and food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza and Burrata are very good, Merlot house wine was a great pair

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They serve the most and best unexpected Ribeye steak I could ever think of, Pasta remains my favorite though, great and complete wine offer

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food so so great and the waiter are so warm and kind! Lucciola has a great personality and look, wines and vibes are the best, Almond Grappa is so good ! My favorite restaurant ever

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming back to this restaurant is like going back home and find always what you love the most. Always great food and service and such an amazing charming trattoria with an unique negroni!

KF
KerryF
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I rarely write reviews and if I bother it is usually to rave about a place rather than complain, but I just had to write about this. I specifically chose this restaurant out of all the others in the area because they had braised short ribs on the main menu (not as a special) and that is what I wanted to eat. The waiter comes to take our order and when I ordered the short ribs he proceeds to tell me they do not have short ribs tonight. He gave me some story about the chef not getting in until 3 pm and the short ribs take 9 hours to cook. Now I understand that sometimes it happens, you go to a restaurant and they sell out of an item or there is a change to the menu and they no longer serve an item, but this restaurant only has 4 entrees on their menu at all! How can you not prepare 1 of those 4 items on a Friday night in NYC????? So overall not impressed with this establishment. But I will say that the service was fine and the food we ended up eating was decent. However I will never bother returning to this place.

JL
JeromeL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was , as usual "good not great" the service is always excellent. The atmosphere warm and friendly. We will certainly go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Lucciola was one of my girlfriend’s favorite gluten-free-friendly restaurants, and we had been looking forward to having a nice, romantic date night. Instead, our server acted standoffish the entire time, checking only on the handful of larger tables in a nearly empty restaurant. His younger colleague came to cover for him and started off well enough, but gradually began showing a similar lack of professionalism - interrupting our dinner conversation to tell my girlfriend her drink was “sexy” and pinch her cheek, for example.

Their behavior is unacceptable and we will not be returning. Hopefully management can sort this out, or at least keep their employees from harassing and inappropriately touching their customers.

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vippapmd
New York Area
63 reviews