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Loucallie's: Wood-fired Brick Oven Pizza in Carroll Gardens

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There's a voluminous thread on this board about this restaurant, but the title only alludes to its location and not its product.

Excellent, crispy brick-oven pizza using buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy, home-made sauce, grated parmesan and fresh olive oil. A real labor of love for this young pizza maker.
Some early kinks are being worked out. Somehow, lots of visitors couldn't cope with the fact that there really is no menu here. Just pizza ($17 for an eight slice pie, extra toppings $3 extra and up...the mushrooms were fresh).

Warning: it gets extremely crowded and waits of 45 minutes or more are not uncommon. We arrived as the doors opened tonight and had a pie in 5 minutes. Very kid-friendly, although your kid must like pizza, as there really is nothing else to eat.

BYO wine or beer.

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  1. And here's that aforementioned "voluminous thread":

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    Peter

    1. We ate there the night of the (last, <sigh>) Mets' game, so it wasn't so crowded. But a question: is the 45 minute wait for a table or for the pie? If it's for the pie, we can handle that. But if it's a 45 minutes wait just to sit down, I think that it will not do as a substitute to the trek to and wait at DiFara's.

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      1. re: bobjbkln

        bobj: i suggest showing up as early as possible. there are really only ten or twelve tables here. last night, by 6:45, all the tables were full. once your order is taken, the pies come quickly. so, the bulk of the wait is for a table, with the wait for a pie being minimal. others may have had different experiences, so read the previous thread or consult sliceny.com

        1. re: famdoc

          Our one time there, we waited 90min for a pie - but were able to find a table immediately. There were at least a dozen people milling around inside and out waiting for takeout pies though...

      2. Also: Lucalli's.

        1. Odd, I went last Thursday as a party of 3 around, maybe, 7:30pm? And there were 2 tables for 2 or 3 empty and the big communal table was empty too. No wait really beyond what you'd expect for the food to come out -- maybe 15 minutes? I guess it ebbs and flows.

          1. I went Friday night at 9pm with 2 friends. We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table and our pizza came out about 15 minutes after ordering. That's not bad for a Friday night.

            1. I asked Mark, the owner, last night. The definitive spelling is:

              Lucali's.

              -Peter

              1. Are they usually closed on Tuesday? We stopped by tonight and they weren't open. Last 2x we've gone they were closed (Halloween was a bad night too).

                1. Same here. Stopped by for my 4th visit since they opened and alas, closed with no sign of any kind.

                  I'll call Mark tomorrow and suggest to him he needs to 1) post regular hours and 2) if he deviates from regular hours to put a sign up in the window apologizing.

                  Man, there were some PISSED off people walking up and walking away. Actually, based on the # of people who stopped by between 8pm and 8:05pm, he would have had a line out the door anyway.

                  Peter

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                  1. re: Peter

                    I guess we could have had a CH gathering there last night. I went by as well and, when I saw he was closed, we went to Chestnut. Great meal (as usual) but I would have liked to try LuCalli (or whatever the name is).