Lucciola

4.6
281 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Specials

Complimentary Arrabbiata Bruschetta with Every Cocktail

From 8-10PM Complimentary Arrabbiata Bruschetta with Every Cocktail

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 11, 2019

Ends: July 12, 2118

Availability: Daily 4:00PM-6:00PM

1 Free Cocktail with Lobster Truffle Pizza

Order our Signature Lobster Truffle Pizza and get 1 Free Cocktail

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 11, 2019

Ends: July 12, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

Complementary Truffle Pizza with every Bottle of Wine

From 8-10PM Complementary Truffle Pizza with every Bottle of Wine

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 11, 2019

Ends: July 12, 2118

Availability: Daily 4:00PM-6:00PM

50% OFF on all Cocktails & Wines, Pizza & Starters

To celebrate our new "AL FRESCO" outdoor we are offering 50% OFF on all Pizza & Starters , Cocktails & Soft Drink

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 9, 2019

Ends: July 10, 2118

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-7:00PM

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.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 13, 2019

Ends: March 14, 2118

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

What 281 People Are Saying
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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good Italian food for the low $$

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta and gelato, Alberto one of the owners is the kindest and most fun!

JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! So gluten-free friendly! Fantastic service! Adorable decor!

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real Italian, clean fresh food, amazing decor, great great service

OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caico e Pepe! So good and wonderful portion size for 2. Mom and I had a lovely dinner.

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great and very plesant !

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consisten and lots of pasta !

B
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five Starts! This UWS restaurant is cozy and super inviting, the service is friendly and helpful and their food is delicious! Yes, to Gelato Martini, Steak Tartare Special and Short Ribs! I am going back for MORE!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Nice decor, but food was just alright.

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent and on spot, my favorite local pasta hub!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice portions

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner overall, I’ll come back !

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lots of specials, best pizza

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best and kindest

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a better cacio pepe! Kudos, such cute Italian place and an amazing gem for the Upper West Side

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & customer service!

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered Spaghetti Clams, the Octopus starter and at the end Gelato Salty Caramel and Mango, all was good, service was family style and very lind and homy, it’s a real gem a piece of Italy in the UWS, I’ll be back soon, Grazie Lucciola !

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great night, what a great food and what an amazing gelatooooooo!!

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Less is more and Lucciola is more than you could expect form a casual restaurant, food is consistently good, service is great and always something new, they added pizza and now gelato with an amazing old style Italian cart, great dela on grlato $6!!

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and consistent!

I have been here a few times and never disappointed.

I sat at the bar and had the octopus appetizer that was extremely tender and tasted amazing.

Trevor, the bartender, prepared me a sorbet frozen margarita ! They do it using thei sorbet directly from the Ice cream cart! And it is Kosher certified as well

Will be back!

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food and pizza in the same place, wow!

LH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucciola has some of the best Italian food in the city! The meatballs were absolutely delicious and our pasta was perfectly al dente! We also had a pizza, which was superb as well! This place is also very reasonably priced compared to other UWS restaurants. And the interior is beautiful- you’ll feel like you’re right in Italy! I can’t wait to come back here again- I highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent,well priced and casual mood, pizza is a gret new addition, fun place to have dinner at

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great dinner and place, great service and al dente pasta, pizza is so so good as well, best happy hour deal ever!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We really wanted to love this place, but it fell way short, especially on the food. The waitstaff was nice but not knowledgeable about the food or drinks. Their passion fruit mojito was served without any mint, even though it was clearly described on the menu as being made with fresh mint. When we asked about it, the waiter insisted the passion fruit mojito had no mint, and he didn’t acknowledge the description on the menu. Their signature pasta, cacio e pepe made in the wheel was mushy, needed more pepper and the wheel seemed for show only. A big disappointment. I hate to pan this place, as it has a lot of potential. Just a few tweaks and it could have been very good. As it is now, we would not go back :(.

EM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was mediocre. Pesto was thick and heavy. Pasta was over cooked.

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best italian restaurant, insane happy hour deal, go for!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here for the second time tried the special of the day: ravioli stuffed with ricotta and fresh black truffle!!
Wooowwwwwwwwww
this restaurant doesn’t have just like regular italian dishes but does specials every day! Can’t wait to go back!!
so decide to go tonight as well!! It’s becoming and addiction !!
Thanks to do real Italian food ! You guys are an amazing new gem for the neighborhood!! Love you guys!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious and authentic Cacio e Pepe like to be in Rome! Absolutely recommended!! That’s it!

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST and MOST Beautiful CACIO PEPE Ever!!!

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza. pasta, wines and gelato, all Italian and real! They are from Bologna and I could tell from their Bologness

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so special, evrybody so kind, food is simple and high quality, happy hour deals are the best! MORE TRUFFLE PIZZA please !

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place, best pizza and pizza deal on the Upper West Side, 1 Bottle of any wine will get you a free truffle pizza, I mean! Amazing idea, charming restaurant, welcome Lucciola! See you soon

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool, amazing food, kindest waiters and most fun chef ever! Thank you for the cherries and cheese !

E
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great quiet date night, exactly what we wanted!

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This was our third visit and was disappointed since our last 2 visits were great. The tomato sauce has either been changed or there was a different chef. The Greek salad was way overdressed and had capers which I cannot eat so that too was not good. Will try again hope this review helps you

OT
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The organic grass fed beef tartare special was so so amazing !

OT
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy, delicate, simply the best!

W
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Lucciola. We've gone here regularly since it opened, often with two young children. The food is fantastic - I recommend the tomato bruschetta and the penne with truffle, artichoke and bufala. The menu has gone through changes in the past year or so, although the basics remain. The staff is consistently kind and accommodating. Every waiter there has patiently listened to my 3 year old order for herself. There tend to be a few tables with other kids there (although we eat early), but the restaurant is still relatively quiet.

OT
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucciola aka firefly as someone already wrote here is best in class Italian restaurant and such a true hidden gem with the most beautiful outdoor ever, probably due to the up and coming mix area where is located, but definitely a best of! Its look, delicacy and food is decadent, honest and so so amazing as much as simple and well executed as only an Italian Executive Chef from Italy and his enthusiastic team could and would be. We loved our meal, we loved the conversation and the feeling of being surrounded by an hand made story, the build out itself explain a lot of the idea behind this delicate classy and casual Italian trattoria, please do not miss the chance to try their table made tiramisù and the story behind the restaurant name. We will back soon !

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