Famed Brooklyn pizzeria Lucali — where customers line up for hours to order the restaurant’s sought-after, thin wood-fired pies — is expanding. Owner Mark Iacono is building out a Carroll Gardens slice shop dubbed Baby Luc’s at 387 Court Street, at First Place, according to Google Maps photos and information listed in a job posting for the new spot. The Infatuation first reported the news.
Lucali has yet to formally announce the news, but a job posting for Baby Luc’s on Culinary Agents describes the new restaurant as “a neighborhood pizzeria serving slices, other menu items, and delicious things to drink.” The restaurant is located two blocks from Lucali’s longstanding spot in the neighborhood.
When it opens, Baby Luc’s will mark Iacono’s first foray into selling pizza by the slice. Traditionally, Lucali has been a no-reservations, BYOB restaurant where customers drop their names on a waitlist at the beginning of the night, cross their fingers, and hope to snag a table hours later. During the pandemic, Iacono took phone reservations for outdoor dining for the first time.
According to the Culinary Agents listing, the new restaurant appears to be associated with Act 2 Hospitality Group, which also runs Greek spot Lola Taverna in Soho. Eater has reached out to both Lucali and Act 2 Hospitality Group for more information about the opening.
Carroll Gardens native Iacono first opened Lucali in 2006, attracting legions of fans for the shop’s tiny menu of calzones and acclaimed blistered thin-crust pies topped with cheese, pepperoni, and basil. The restaurant has long been ranked as one of the top pizza shops in NYC, as well as the country.
In 2013, another Lucali location opened in Miami but it’s not clear whether Iacono is still involved with it today. The Post recently reported that Iacono was embroiled in a legal battle with cousin Dominic Cavagnuolo over trademarking issues with the Lucali name.
- Lucali Is Opening A Slice Shop In Carroll Gardens [The Infatuation]