Tonight I had a less than stellar post passover meal at Lucali.
First of all the place is poorly run. Nobody is in charge and nobody seems to know what they're doing.
We ordered 2 pizzas. The 1st pizza was not hot and the crust was a too soft. It was still good, just not great.
After waiting 25 minutes after we finished the 1st pizza we had to ask the manager (if that's who she even is) and the waiter multiple times what was going on. We had to get very upset in order to get some attention and get our pizza.
The 2nd pizza very good, it was hot and the crust was better, but not perfect.
For what they charge the pizza needs to be perfect, not just pretty good.
I was excited for lucali and bought into the hype & sensationalism, but in general after a 3 visits I'm disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's good... Just not the greatest pizza ever ( at least so far).
I will be back, but if they don't get their act together soon Andiamo, Kings County, Steve's, & Harry's do a pretty good job at about 1/2 the price.
I had the same feeling about the pizza that you did.Good,not great ,and definitely overpriced.Not running back to have another one anytime soon.
I have been many times now and I find the pizza fantastic. The nutella dessert pizza is not to be missed and I think is even better than the regular pizza. It certainly ranks among the top desserts in Miami -- their dessert calzone is not as good as their nutella pizza (the dessert calzone is still good though).
The regular calzone is as good as their regular pizza and is priced much lower (less food though but still more than enough most single eaters). I tried it with pepperoni inside this time and it was really great.
I went again Sunday evening and the pizza was fantastic. It has definitely gotten better. The pizza has about half as much crust as it used to and it also has a crispier bottom than it used to. Is it worth 50% more than other good pizza? Maybe. Maybe not. It probably depends on the person.
I agree with your statement it depends on the person (disposable income, taste, and how much you care about eating great pizza all factor in), but I will say, as far as value goes, I have paid a lot more for much worse meals that I have at Lucali. And on the flip side, there are not many places you would pay less for food that good.
I live in Palm Beach and now practically every time I'm anywhere near Miami Beach (not often), I stop in and get one to go.
Unlike pizza, they are pretty darn good reheated in an oven, even the next day. I've brought home small and had a meal for my wife and I for $10.
(When she first saw it, she exclaimed "OMG that thing is...") oh never mind...