The staff is so friendly and helpful and the food delicious for a good price. It's a lively atmosphere and noisy for people who want to be able to talk and hear well but I'd definitely recommend it for those who don't care about that and want a friendly local place for good, reasonably priced food and great service!
Pre show dining should be a category. Three of us shared two pizzas - one white with preserved lemon and lips of fire with sopresetta and ghost pepper, meatballs, broccolini with mushrooms and anchovies and an order of the calamari gritting.
Best items were the calamari and lips of fire pizza. We have had the broccolini before when it was more tender - better then.
Had a bottle of Volpolocello Classico - good go with wine.
Overall a pleasant experience.
We ordered the rosemary fries, which were delicious. Our pizza on the other hand had no flavor. I don’t understand how so many good ingredients could be put on a pizza and have that little flavor. Big disappointment.
The pizzas are good but not amazing. Salads/appetizers were fine. Nice service. A little noisy.
It's a pleasant enough place but not remarkable. With so many incredible dining options in Berkeley, I doubt we'll return.
We had a lovely brunch there on Easter Sunday. It was a very chill vibe and the friends we brought there absolutely loved everything from the food to the service to the atmosphere. We didn’t see the delicious caponata on the menu, but the chef made us some, special. What a delightful and unexpected treat to have arrive at the table after being told it wasn’t available. We’d always dined there for dinner, but really enjoyed it at brunch, too. As always, we’re looking forward to going back.
Warm service, wonderful pizzas, especially the Lips of Fire. Also love the brussel sprouts and the reasonably priced wines by the carafe.
Pizza Crust was good, too bad the toppings made it soggy.
Excellent authentic Italian dishes and thin crust pizza. Great service, all Italian wine list that was great. Very good...
Great food, excellent service. This is the second time coming here. After a great first visit, we wanted to come again and Lucia’s didn’t disappoint!
Lovely new place with good brick oven pizza and yummy salads. Good fresshingredients
Wonderful restaurant! Great food at a decent price. We will definitely return! The dessert was my favorite.
Excellent pizza, really friendly helpful staff. A bit too noisy and with a last minute Saturday night reservation we had to sit at the high tables which I find very uncomfortable.
AMAZING gluten free food!
We attended the special night when Lucia's brought in a renowned couple from Italy to show us mere Californians that great gluten-free pizza is possible. And they delivered, with a unique dough that avoided the dreaded gluten-free alternatives of soggy and crackery in favor of chewy-but-supple -- a whole new category that we loved. Toppings were authentic, too, as we tried both the classic Margherita and a more-loaded prosciutto. The proprietors are Real Italians with charm and flair who kept an eye on us and made sure we were content. Overall we took away a conviction that they will be a great resource for their core-downtown neighborhood. We will return very soon to explore what other treats are waiting for us on an authentic-looking regular menu. I anticipate that the cozy room will soon be as lively a trattoria as you'd find in Italy.
I just love this place if you like you’ve stepped in to Italy on the side street - Food was delicious and different every time
Menus gets better and better with more authentic options. Food and overall experience is consistently great. Waitstaff very friendly and helpful. The owner is always there and is gracious, attentive and friendly as well.
Absolutely our go to place for wood fired pizza. We travel all the way from Danville to eat there. Food is great. College town atmosphere and the staff are attentive laid back and wonderful. They do add the tip to your meal - not a problem just takes a bit getting used to
Excellent pizza and unique wine/cocktail choices. Not too noisy. Service was perfect. We'll be back.
Good first visit experience. Would try it again. Glad we got there on the early side. It got very loud as our meal progressed. Waiter could have been more informed about the price of daily specials. He tried to remember our orders without writing them down, then came back because he forgot two of them, said "the tape stuck".
Great service and great food
Great pizza. Salads are fresh, not over-dressed (which is a good thing). Excellent wines and beers. Simple but tasty menu.
Servings are way too small for the price. And there was no indication that the dishes were actually "small plates" not dinner sized.
This was the ABSOLUTE best gluten free pizza I've had in my life. Two of the 8 of us are celiacs and all the other guests ate the GF pizza and as well. They were all blown away by how delicious everything was. The wine, pasta and amazing owner were the icing on the cake to a brilliant dinner gather of friends.
Lucia's is just okay. Nothing was terrible and nothing was wonderful. If you are stuck in the neighborhood and need a quick bite, it will work, but I would not go out of my way to go there.
The food was good but we weren’t happy to learn they automatically add a 20% gratuity. (Which I normally do on my own)
Best gluten-free pizza in Bay Area, and probably the only truly Italian gf pizza in the Bay Area.
Wait staff seemed confused. We never got our drinks. Food was mediocre
We've eaten at Lucia's a number of times before going to events at Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Rep and Freight and Salvage. The cuisine is Venetian as is the charming owner. The white pizza we had was good as was the pasta we shared. Calamari fritti was very good as were the meat balls on our last visit. The owner recommended an excellent bottle of wine. Our friends had not eaten here before. They were pleased and said they'd go back.
I thought the gluten free pizza was outstanding! But the pasta left a bit to be desired. It was the orecchiette with broccoli rabe, sausage and a tiny bit of parmesan cheese. It was rather oily and lacking in flavor. I scored this restaurant low is because for the price of one pizza, one pasta and one lemonade, the bill came to $60 (including tip). It seemed pretty overpriced for what we got. The gluten free pizza dough though...it is the best so I am conflicted.
Wonderful food. A bit noisy at first (on Saturday night) but it quieted down even before the theatre crowd left. Good find for downtown Berkeley.
I loved my experience and the ambiance! The food was great, and the top of the pizza was amazing (looking at the pizza it looked like one of the best I've seen in California), but the bottom of the crust was a little doughy.
Wow the pizzas and salad and dolce we ordered were all excellent. The staff were attentive, efficient and helpful. Will add this to our permanent rotation when we are in Berkeley
Probably the best pizza I have eaten outside of Italy.
We came for Berkeley restaurant week. Pizzas were huge, just like Italy.
Great pizza, reminds me of traveling in Italy! I love the brick oven, really warms the place up on a cold night.
I think maybe some staff were out with the flu, but it took forever to get our food, which then tasted ok. And the house red wine was served chilled. The waiter said the keg had to be refrigerated by law, but gee . . . The place is very noisy. I will say it is friendly and certainly kid-friendly--watching them passed the time.
Fabulous good! Worth navigating around Berkeley construction and traffic
They charge 20% for tips saying it's fair wages for workers but service is really not up to par.
Everything was acceptable except for the practice of adding tax to the overall bill after adding in the tax. That was a spoiler for me.
Lucia's was an incredible find. We had no expectations, just picked it for the convenient location. The owner was our waiter and he could not have been more knowledgeable about wine, about Italy, about the food, etc. The pizza was INCREDIBLE, the crust sublime. We also really enjoyed an arugula salad and other starters. The only thing that fell a little short was the dessert. They had run out of their own homemade gelato and the sorbet from next door was good, just not as good as the rest of the meal. Great, affordable wine selection.