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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My pasta was delicious. My wife's was overcooked.
Unexpectedly good with a limited menu. Servioce was good wine selection was good.
Menu is small. Food was solid, but not spectacular. Setting is cute and intimate.
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).
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.
Great as always! Octopus, bolognese, Tiramisù to die for
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.
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.
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.
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
Pizza and Burrata are very good, Merlot house wine was a great pair
They serve the most and best unexpected Ribeye steak I could ever think of, Pasta remains my favorite though, great and complete wine offer
Perfect as always.
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
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!
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.
Food was , as usual "good not great" the service is always excellent. The atmosphere warm and friendly. We will certainly go back again.
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.
Restaurant was too hot in temperature apparently heat controlled by building and we were seated near radiator
Azi, Anne and I: we shared the salad and the truffle pizza for half price. I had the special pasta—linguine with scallops and shrimp. Delicious but rich. Anne had the pasta with mussels and shrimp, which she said was boring. Azi had the pasta with Bolognese sauce, which she said was good.
I guess I found my new favorite spot! So welcoming and detail oriented from the first second I was there by my self I felt abroad, music, good food and kind chatting! All is so so taken care and elegenat but simple and the food is so delicate and with hogh quality ingridients, wines are at the best I’ve ever seen in all New York, some of them can’t really afford but many were for my pocket and my taste, Nanni Copè wine was such a great discovery and a perfect match with the fettuccine with truffle and porcini! The major treat is the Tiramisù, get one and watch magic happening!
exquisite food and wine pairing, impressive cantina riserva list from Italy, wines here are at their best ! Service is great, the ambience is charming and so Italian trattoria style like being in Firenze . The food was great, we had the 3 Courses Piedmont Tasting Menu was so well presented and delicious,portions were generous same for the wine pouring, definetely back very soon! Bravo Chef Michele!! Best Italian restaurant of the Upper West Side? To soon to say it but definetely possible, we’ll see !
it's always a great experience to dine here. You are welcomed, as if you were family.
I always look forward to returning.
If you’re looking for an amazing, authentic Italian place this is the place to go! Great food and exquisite wine! Not to mention, each staff member is more than eager to please and make sure you have the best experience. Be sure to end your night with a sip of Grappa! Enjoy!
If you love Italy and have being to Italy you’ll love Lucciola ! If not, well start learning real Italian food, because it’s like being in a traditional Italian trattoria with great food wines and charming look, good service and definetely warm ! Ciao ciao see you soon
Absolutely amazing real Italian Cusine! Great service, imoressive wine riserva list and Grappa! Short Ribs are awesome, congrats Chef Michele, so nice meeting you and your team and approach to cusine!
Lucciola claims that when you enter the restaurant you "leave New York and enter Italy," and it did seem that the two waiters working the evening that two friends and I ate there were indeed Italian, not NYU film students practicing their accents. Unfortunately, they appeared to be apprenticing in New York in order to improve their wait-staff skills, which still need considerable honing. Putting aside the boisterous, uninformed and generally inappropriate (approaching our table with meaningless questions; chatting with attractive female diners instead of scanning the room) service improves Lucciola's rating a little, but not by too much. The dinners -- ravioli, spaghetti, braised short ribs -- were perfectly acceptable but not exceptional. The "standard" wine list (there is a "premium" list with wines priced at several hundred dollars per bottle which we didn't try) is short and contains no bargains, and the same can be said about the dessert menu. The Upper West Side could use some more interesting restaurants. Unfortunately, Lucciola has not improved the neighborhood offerings.
Food took a while, but other than that, great experience. Food was delicious and waitstaff was nice.
From appetizers to entrees, the food was exquisite. A bit on the pricey side, but food was superb; you can tell it was made fresh. Only complaint: menu is too limited.
Awful experience. And used my dining points. Food awful, over priced, server was lovely. Unfortunate. Will not be returning
Italian food experience for real authentic Italian recipes lovers! The atmosphere was so cosy and there was even a live jazz performance by an Italian artist. The best way to indulge in an amazing Cacio e Pepe!
Truly authentic northern Italian cuisine.
Amazing and knowledgable staff
Warm welcome and environment
Will go back time and time again.
The food is average. Thanksgiving turkey is cold and not fresh
The food is authentic Italian, extremely well served. The wine selection is great too. The manager and the staff are welcoming and highly skilled. Impressive!!!
Duck Carbonara! I never had such a thing and was so delicious and creamy and so rich, loved it, so unique ! I was told to match it with a great glass of Brunello, it worked magic! This guys know whta they are doing under the guidance of a great Italian chef. Very knowledgeable about food and wines, they love er serve only the best food and wines, I agree! I’ll be back soon, congratulations!
A true authentic Italian Gem, went for the Piedmont White Truffle Dinner and was really good and such a great value for the money! Impeccable service, very talented cusine and impressive wine list! The evirimentnis absolutely charming and with such a great taste, glasses, flatware, music background and style are totally there. Value, Care and Best are the two words for this Restaurant.
Dinner at Lucciola is always a great experience! The cacio e pepe pasta was superbly cooked and served in an authentic Parmigiano cheese shape. Service was amazing and cocktail were so delicious!!! I can’t wait to go back and indulge in different new Italian recipes. Don’t miss the pasta. Seriously that’s heaven!!!
Absolutely outstanding food and service. We had one of the best meals of our lives here. The food isn’t fussy, it’s authentic and lovely. Our server was super helpful in choosing a wine. And the table side tiramisu was charming and delicious. 5 stars!
If you want to taste real Italian food in NYC that best exemplifies this rich artistic culture then you need to experience Lucciola and it’s executive chef / owner Michele Casadei Massari’s sublime creations that will leave you wanting more every time. It happened to me once again this past weekend. The menu is exquisite from top to bottom! Black Truffle Burratta Bruschetta, Zucchini Parmigiano, Penne carciofi cream sauce with Burrata, and a with a perfect wine to choose from , your taste buds will succumb every time ! And there is not better feeling than the perfect Italian meal! Grazie Michele!
On a Freeze Monday my friend and I decided to go to one of my fav places, a 100% italian experience, a lovely gem in the UWS.
We shared a truffle bruschetta and an octopus and we had then a cacio e pepe for two. Our server suggested to pair the cacio e pepe with a spectacular Amarone from their new Lucciola Riserva wine menu. The new selection is simply amazing, exactly what any wine lover like me was waiting for. Great job! Staff always friendly and smily, definitely a plus. We ended sharing my fav dessert chocolate lava cake with pistacchio gelato... and a sip of Montenegro. Lucciola never disappoints!!! Thank you!