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575 Henry St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States | (718) 858-4086

price range

$$ (Entrees $15 to $30)

cuisine

Italian

neighborhood

Cobble Hill
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Carroll Gardens is a historically Italian neighborhood with plenty of pizzerias, so the fact that Lucali consistently has a two-hour wait speaks volumes. It's as likely to draw celebrities (every South Brooklynite will eagerly tell you about the time Beyoncé and Jay-Z skipped the Grammys to eat here) as it is toddler-toting hipster parents and nonnas who have lived in the neighborhood for decades. There are no frills—it's cash-only, BYOB, and the menu is limited to pizza and calzones, with a narrow list of toppings—but when the pie arrives, crust crisp and golden, lightly sauced, with a bubbling coat of melting mozzarella, all will be forgotten.

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Lucali

Carroll Gardens is a historically Italian neighborhood with plenty of pizzerias, so the fact that Lucali consistently has a two-hour wait speaks volumes. It's as likely to draw celebrities (every South Brooklynite will eagerly tell you about the time Beyoncé and Jay-Z skipped the Grammys to eat here) as it is toddler-toting hipster parents and nonnas who have lived in the neighborhood for decades. There are no frills—it's cash-only, BYOB, and the menu is limited to pizza and calzones, with a narrow list of toppings—but when the pie arrives, crust crisp and golden, lightly sauced, with a bubbling coat of melting mozzarella, all will be forgotten.