Lucciola

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373 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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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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Everyday NEW HAPPY HOUR 9-10PM 50% OFF

New Happy Hour EVERYDAY 9pm-10pm
50% off selected wines by the bottle

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 14, 2019

Ends: November 15, 2118

Availability: Daily 9:00PM-10:00PM

Sunday to Thursday EARLY BIRD Happy Hour 50% OFF

Early bird Happy Hour Sunday to Thursday 5-7PM
50% off starters, salads, pizzas
7$ selected house wines
8$ Spritz and Negron

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 20, 2019

Ends: November 21, 2118

Availability: Sun-Thu 5:00PM-7:00PM

Friday & Saturday EARLY BIRD Happy Hour 50% OFF

Early bird Happy Hour
Friday & Saturday 5-6PM
50% off starters, salads, pizzas
7$ selected house wines
8$ Spritz and Negroni

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 20, 2019

Ends: November 21, 2118

Availability: Fri-Sat 5:00PM-6:00PM

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.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 13, 2019

Ends: March 14, 2118

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-10:30PM

What 373 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
43 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

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always.

OT
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

OT
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
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
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.

OT
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.

p
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Restaurant was too hot in temperature apparently heat controlled by building and we were seated near radiator

WG
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 !

KN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

it's always a great experience to dine here. You are welcomed, as if you were family.
I always look forward to returning.

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

MB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food took a while, but other than that, great experience. Food was delicious and waitstaff was nice.

GL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

JT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Awful experience. And used my dining points. Food awful, over priced, server was lovely. Unfortunate. Will not be returning

SG
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

P
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly authentic northern Italian cuisine.
Amazing and knowledgable staff
Warm welcome and environment
Will go back time and time again.
Patrizia

TE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food is average. Thanksgiving turkey is cold and not fresh

I
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SG
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

F
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

MG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, food is solid and they have an amazing classy wines list, had the pappardelli special was great

J
Seattle
390 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Four of us went to dinner on a Friday evening. The table was ready right away. Heat on too high but eventually cooled down. Too awhile for our server to acknowledge us. Friendly but a bit too handsy with one of my guests. No reasonably priced wines but decent selection from which to choose. My guests enjoyed their green gems salads. I had the octopus and it was very good and a generous portion. The hit app was the mushroom truffle flambé flatbread. Super excellent. Two guests shared the house special pasta for two served from a hollowed out cheese wheel. I had the spicy penne. Disappointing since pasta overcooked and sauce just average and tasted like it had sat around too long and got dried out. Server only medium attentive.

F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food
Very pleasant

C
New York Area
525 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great happy hour specials. Delicious pasta. European flair. What's not to like?

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleased to have discovered this restaurant in our neighborhood. Food was great; loved the short ribs and tiramasu. Appreciated the fact that the one could converse at a normal volume.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good happy hour deal

BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The menu was quite limited, and one of the entree items was not available. The food was mediocre. The atmosphere was nice and quiet, but I would not go back.

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service, ambiance, and food!

AF
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place! Cute ambiance, simple, but well cooked pasta. Good, quick service.