Is the quality of the food at Lucali dipping?
My father is visiting us this weekend, and I had planned to take him to Lucali for a couple pies. However, my coworker recently reported a subpar meal: she said the sauce tasted like it was from a jar, and the crust lacked flavor.
Has anyone else noticed a decline in quality there? Or could this have simply been a fluke? I used to live in Carroll Gardens and ate at Lucali several times. Every visit was fantastic. My last trip was in spring of 2008.
no reason to think so. no report of any change. Do you trust your co-worker's taste? Had they been there before? The crust is not really salted at Lucali if that's important to you. If you are really concerned you can call up and find out if the owner will be cooking.
"my coworker recently reported a subpar meal: she said the sauce tasted like it was from a jar, and the crust lacked flavor."
Any report, especially one about a well established place with a good reputation, needs to be assessed for credibility. A telltale sign of bullshit is the gratuitous comparison to mass market foods.
"The pasta tasted like Chef Boyardee!"
"The chicken tasted like a Swanson's TV dinner!"
At a 99% level these comments aren't reliable. Again, I'm talking about well established places with good reputations. A great restaurant doesn't suddenly decide to suck one day. Lucali's didn't say "You know, it's really too hot to make sauce. Lets use Prego today."
I don't doubt that your coworker didn't like the place but I seriously doubt Lucali's is slipping.