LOCATION: Lucali (Carroll and Henry Street, Carroll Gardens, BROOKLYN)
GUEST(S): Terry Jinn, Victoria Moy, Tony Powell
ORDER:2 pepperoni, 1 portobello mushroom
PIZZA REPORT: Jackpot! Lucali is definitely the best discovery of Pizza Month 2007! This wood fired brick oven pizza offers the highest quality crust charred-to-perfection around the rim, fresh mozzarella cheese, mouthwatering tomato sauce and topped with just the right amount freshly grated parmesan cheese held in place by a kiss of olive oil. It's near impossible to find pizza as good as Dom Demarco's Di Fara, but I will proudly go on record as saying that Lucali is pretty darn close.
ATMOSPHERE: Lucali makes heaven a place in Brooklyn. If you can embark on a journey to Carroll Gardens and disembark $19 from your wallet, then you will be glad you did. Aside from a sandwich board out front, the only sign you are near Lucali will be the line. If there is no line, Lucali is either not yet open (late hours) or there is no more dough. Once inside, a romantic mood (candles and soft music) is set while you get acquainted with your remarkably patient and courteous Brooklyn wait staff. Soon thereafter, the pizza arrives, and well...fuhgetaboudit!
VERDICT: 4.5 out of 5
MISC:1. I blow out the candle in the video clip 2. Victoria Moy was the first random person to meet me for pizza this year. Last year, that honor went to another of my guests, Tony Powell. Terry Jinn, on the ather hand has been my guest early and often over the years and is the one that told me about Lucali to begin with.