Lucciola

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389 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Lucciola, located down the street from Central Park, where the most fireflies can be found in the city: an homage to Bologna, its cuisine, its cinematic history...a city of dreams brought to life here in New York City.

The dishes, the atmosphere and the overall concept of Lucciola, was specifically inspired from the film Fest di Laurea, directed by Pupi Avati. We portray Avati's nostalgic and romantic mood of Bologna in our restaurant. From the decoration within the film, we were struck by how simple lights, illuminating a courtyard reminded us of fireflies, which brought to our name, Lucciola.

Our restaurant is dedicated to the lead actor in Avati's film: Nik Novecento, who embodied the values of Bologna from his passion, soul, courageousness and kindness.

Special Offers

Happy Hour

Enjoy our happy hour! Starters and Salads 50% off , house red and white wine for $10, Spritz and Negroni $10

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 18 February 2020

Ends: 19 February 2119

Availability: Sun-Thu 17:00-18:30

Happy Hour

Enjoy Happy Hour! 50% off on starts and salads, $10 for house red, house white, spritz and negroni

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 18 February 2020

Ends: 19 February 2119

Availability: Fri-Sat 17:00-18:00

1 Free Tomato Bruschetta for the table !

1 Free Tomato Bruschetta for the table ! Just one for the table, not for each person at the table.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 13 March 2019

Ends: 14 March 2118

Availability: Daily 17:00-22:30

What 389 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for the “Italian” meal, this place is more. This is the Italian experience. Ingredients strictly superior and elegant location. Michele and Alberto great people!
Good vibes and buonissimo “delicious” food!

OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food I ever had in New York, amazing wine selection! Tiramisù is incredibly creamy and done at the table in front of your heart shaped eyes LOL!

l
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Salad came not dressed and I had to put my own oil/vinegar on it. Don't like that. Bruschetta was very bland and had no character or herbal flavoring. Pasta had way, way too much sauce on it and I had Pescatore and there no no clams in two of the shells.
I, unfortunately, would not recommend this. Sorry

d
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding. Real Italian food, real Italian hospitality. Pasta fresh and delicious, great desserts, too.
PK.

k
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My pasta was delicious. My wife's was overcooked.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

LW
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice Valentine's Day dinner at Lucciola. The truffle bruchetta was novel and excellent. The cacio e pepe was a bit on the peppery side, which I liked very much, although my companion was not as enthusiastic. Nevertheless we agreed that the pasta was cooked perfectly. Branzino was also excellent. Good wine list, too.

OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic and delicious food and unexpecet jazz night! Loved the ford as much as the vibe and jazz was such a great classy touch! They will pour wine into your glass at the table from a gigantic wine bottle, 6 Liter, my first time ever, great wine and impressive idea! Definetely outstanding Italian food and fun dinner time

PB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpectedly good with a limited menu. Servioce was good wine selection was good.

CW
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu is small. Food was solid, but not spectacular. Setting is cute and intimate.

RT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not great!

Food was the big disappointment. Appetizers of bruschetta and caprese were fine with the focaccia = meh. The pastas, however, seriously lacked luster. Served on wooden "boat" trays (cleanliness ??) my bland, watery duck Carbonari was like eating something in a cafeteria. Plus the flourish of shaved truffles did nothing to enhance the dish's flavor. Large black slices reminded me of tasteless church wafers.

In terms of ambience the room is small and lighting romantic. Only problem? It is full of plants and greenery which give the room a wet and dank aroma.

Overall impression … not impressed (albeit waitress was wonderful).

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food an ambiance were magnificent. It's a small restaurant nestled In a quaint area of NYC. They have outdoor seating in the summer which I look forward to going to. My only complaint, is that the food comes out quickly and I felt rushed. Other than that, it's 5 stars.

a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Octopus, bolognese, Tiramisù to die for

FN
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We wanted to love Lucciola after reading so many favorable reviews, but despite the beautiful room and friendly staff, the food did not live up to expectations. Because it is New York and the options for delicious, classic Italian food are competitive, you have to beat average and only one of the dishes we ordered made the cut. Recommended: Fettucine bolognese. The grilled octopus appetizer (at $19) tasted fishy, something that should never be the case, and wasn't nearly charred enough. The special appetizer, a chicken liver pate on crostini, was presented nicely but the bread tasted stale and was neither crusty nor fresh. The chicken parm was good, with the star being the red sauce. Lucciola boasts a huge wine list (more wines that food by a landslide). At these higher than normal prices, the food should be mind-blowing and it wasn't. Two entrees, two appetizers, 3 glasses of wine = $170 (with tip). At those prices, you must do better.

JW
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Our server, Matteo, was fantastic and the food and wine delicious. Love the cacio e pepe and come for that. Charming atmosphere as well. Highly recommend Lucciola.

S
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I went to this restaurant soon after it opened and although the food was good the chairs were very uncomfortable and the exhaust fan did not work properly making my clothes smell. I am pleased to say that they have upped their game considerably. The ambiance is much improved with table cloths and comfortable seating.

The food was good. The spaghetti bolognese is excellent. The tiramisu was unusual in that they made it tableside. Quite fresh and they accommodated my request to make it with decaf coffee.

The exhaust is working better.

I will be going back and am happy to have another neighborhood option for dining.

OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without any doubt the best octopus I’ve ever had, came here for a quick dinner during a snow blizard night and found a real Italian gem, I’ll be back soon for more wine and food

OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza and Burrata are very good, Merlot house wine was a great pair

OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They serve the most and best unexpected Ribeye steak I could ever think of, Pasta remains my favorite though, great and complete wine offer

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food so so great and the waiter are so warm and kind! Lucciola has a great personality and look, wines and vibes are the best, Almond Grappa is so good ! My favorite restaurant ever

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming back to this restaurant is like going back home and find always what you love the most. Always great food and service and such an amazing charming trattoria with an unique negroni!

KF
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I rarely write reviews and if I bother it is usually to rave about a place rather than complain, but I just had to write about this. I specifically chose this restaurant out of all the others in the area because they had braised short ribs on the main menu (not as a special) and that is what I wanted to eat. The waiter comes to take our order and when I ordered the short ribs he proceeds to tell me they do not have short ribs tonight. He gave me some story about the chef not getting in until 3 pm and the short ribs take 9 hours to cook. Now I understand that sometimes it happens, you go to a restaurant and they sell out of an item or there is a change to the menu and they no longer serve an item, but this restaurant only has 4 entrees on their menu at all! How can you not prepare 1 of those 4 items on a Friday night in NYC????? So overall not impressed with this establishment. But I will say that the service was fine and the food we ended up eating was decent. However I will never bother returning to this place.

JL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was , as usual "good not great" the service is always excellent. The atmosphere warm and friendly. We will certainly go back again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Lucciola was one of my girlfriend’s favorite gluten-free-friendly restaurants, and we had been looking forward to having a nice, romantic date night. Instead, our server acted standoffish the entire time, checking only on the handful of larger tables in a nearly empty restaurant. His younger colleague came to cover for him and started off well enough, but gradually began showing a similar lack of professionalism - interrupting our dinner conversation to tell my girlfriend her drink was “sexy” and pinch her cheek, for example.

Their behavior is unacceptable and we will not be returning. Hopefully management can sort this out, or at least keep their employees from harassing and inappropriately touching their customers.

p
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Restaurant was too hot in temperature apparently heat controlled by building and we were seated near radiator

WG
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Azi, Anne and I: we shared the salad and the truffle pizza for half price. I had the special pasta—linguine with scallops and shrimp. Delicious but rich. Anne had the pasta with mussels and shrimp, which she said was boring. Azi had the pasta with Bolognese sauce, which she said was good.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I guess I found my new favorite spot! So welcoming and detail oriented from the first second I was there by my self I felt abroad, music, good food and kind chatting! All is so so taken care and elegenat but simple and the food is so delicate and with hogh quality ingridients, wines are at the best I’ve ever seen in all New York, some of them can’t really afford but many were for my pocket and my taste, Nanni Copè wine was such a great discovery and a perfect match with the fettuccine with truffle and porcini! The major treat is the Tiramisù, get one and watch magic happening!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

exquisite food and wine pairing, impressive cantina riserva list from Italy, wines here are at their best ! Service is great, the ambience is charming and so Italian trattoria style like being in Firenze . The food was great, we had the 3 Courses Piedmont Tasting Menu was so well presented and delicious,portions were generous same for the wine pouring, definetely back very soon! Bravo Chef Michele!! Best Italian restaurant of the Upper West Side? To soon to say it but definetely possible, we’ll see !

KN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

it's always a great experience to dine here. You are welcomed, as if you were family.
I always look forward to returning.

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you’re looking for an amazing, authentic Italian place this is the place to go! Great food and exquisite wine! Not to mention, each staff member is more than eager to please and make sure you have the best experience. Be sure to end your night with a sip of Grappa! Enjoy!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love Italy and have being to Italy you’ll love Lucciola ! If not, well start learning real Italian food, because it’s like being in a traditional Italian trattoria with great food wines and charming look, good service and definetely warm ! Ciao ciao see you soon

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing real Italian Cusine! Great service, imoressive wine riserva list and Grappa! Short Ribs are awesome, congrats Chef Michele, so nice meeting you and your team and approach to cusine!

MB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Lucciola claims that when you enter the restaurant you "leave New York and enter Italy," and it did seem that the two waiters working the evening that two friends and I ate there were indeed Italian, not NYU film students practicing their accents. Unfortunately, they appeared to be apprenticing in New York in order to improve their wait-staff skills, which still need considerable honing. Putting aside the boisterous, uninformed and generally inappropriate (approaching our table with meaningless questions; chatting with attractive female diners instead of scanning the room) service improves Lucciola's rating a little, but not by too much. The dinners -- ravioli, spaghetti, braised short ribs -- were perfectly acceptable but not exceptional. The "standard" wine list (there is a "premium" list with wines priced at several hundred dollars per bottle which we didn't try) is short and contains no bargains, and the same can be said about the dessert menu. The Upper West Side could use some more interesting restaurants. Unfortunately, Lucciola has not improved the neighborhood offerings.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food took a while, but other than that, great experience. Food was delicious and waitstaff was nice.

GL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

From appetizers to entrees, the food was exquisite. A bit on the pricey side, but food was superb; you can tell it was made fresh. Only complaint: menu is too limited.

JT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Awful experience. And used my dining points. Food awful, over priced, server was lovely. Unfortunate. Will not be returning

SG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Italian food experience for real authentic Italian recipes lovers! The atmosphere was so cosy and there was even a live jazz performance by an Italian artist. The best way to indulge in an amazing Cacio e Pepe!

P
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly authentic northern Italian cuisine.
Amazing and knowledgable staff
Warm welcome and environment
Will go back time and time again.
Patrizia

TE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food is average. Thanksgiving turkey is cold and not fresh