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  1. openings
    Inside Baby Luc’s, the Hottest Pizza Party on the Planet“Lucali was supposed to be like this place, a slice shop.”
  2. backups
    Introducing The Underground Gourmet Plan-B Restaurant DeterminatorWhere to eat when you can’t get at table at Misi, Ho Foods, Frenchette, and Lucali.
  3. food friends
    Brooklyn’s Pizza Gods Broke Bread TogetherLucali and Di Fara, together at last.
  4. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Restaurants in Carroll GardensWhere worth-the-wait pizza and red-sauce Italian meet excellent pho, unusual ramen, and some of the city’s most spectacular multiregional Thai.
  5. Expansions
    Lucali Miami Is Open, Now Please Send Mark Iacono BackBrooklyn pies are now happening in the heart of South Beach.
  6. Temporary Closings
    Get Your Pies Now: Lucali Will Close AgainMark Iacano says he’s headed to Florida to get some sun — and to see about the pizza shop he plans to open in Miami.
  7. Pizza Huts
    John’s of Bleecker Closed by the DOH, Lucali Closer to ReopeningOne iconic pizza place closes while another is in a “soft reopening.”
  8. Lucali
    Mark Iacono Says Lucali Renovation May Last Many MonthsThe owner of the pizzeria says there’s no planned reopening date.
  9. Fight Club
    Mark Iacono Opens Up About Lucali Expansion, Mob Rumors, and ‘the“I have no feeling in, say, about 50 percent of my body, maybe forever. But that’s okay, it’s nothin’ really.”
  10. BK
    Jay-Z and Beyoncé Ditch Grammys for LucaliDate night.
  11. Celebrity Settings
    David Rocco and Zoe Kazan Chow at Lucali; Matt Lauer Dines and Dashes at FrescoPlus: Elton John grills Derek Jeter on baseball stats at Southern Hospitality, Vince Neil skips out on the bill at Marble Lane, and more, in our weekly roundup of celebrity dining.
  12. Crime Scenes
    Charges Tossed in Lucali Pizzaiolo StabbingMark Iacono is reportedly “very happy with the outcome.”
  13. Closings
    Fifty-Year-Old Joe’s Superette Is ClosingThe Carroll Gardens institution is taking its fried prosciutto balls with it.
  14. Crime Scenes
    Geritano and Lucali’s Iacono May Not Have to Face the Music After KnifePlus, checking in at Lucali’s.
  15. Reopenings
    Knife Fight Doesn’t Curb Customers’ Lucali CravingsEverything operating almost-normally at Lucali after owner’s daytime knife fight.
  16. Crime Scenes
    The Mob Is Probably Just a Big Bunch of FoodiesPlus: a new twist in the Lucali stabbing.
  17. Crime Scenes
    Attempted-Murder Charges Filed Against Lucali Owner (Updated)Get ready for lots of “slicing” puns.
  18. Crime Scenes
    Lucali’s Mark Iacono in Hospital After Stabbing AttackThe attack took place in broad daylight.
  19. Openings
    Wilfie & Nell Team Aims to Open Another Gastropub, the WrenPlus, the Manhattan location of Lucali’s and more at tonight’s Community Board 2 licensing committee meeting.
  20. Openings
    Giuseppina’s Is Firing Pies in Sunset Park at Long LastThe Lucali spinoff has been nearly two years in the making.
  21. Openings
    A Look Inside Lucali Spinoff GiuseppinaPlus: what else to look forward to this spring.
  22. Openings
    Manhattan Lucali ConfirmedWill open near Little Italy.
  23. Pizza Pizza
    Lucali Looks Manhattan-wardPlus: Giuseppina’s is “99 percent done” and will open in two weeks.
  24. Mediavore
    DOH Closings Rose in 2009; Who’s Investing in the Lion?Plus: media types invest in the Lion, and etiquette advice from FloFab, all in our morning news roundup.
  25. Lists
    Pizza Slices: Movies at Co., Rumblings at Totonno’s, and the Best Pie in’Rachael Ray’ enlists a couple of experts to find the best slice in the USA.
  26. Openings
    Reputed Mobster Will Help Open New Lucali“Brooklyn mobster gives judge food for thought.”
  27. Celebrity Settings
    Jay-Z Reveals the Secret Behind Lucali’s PiesYoung Hov is pickier about food than you think.
  28. Lists
    Pizza Tourists Pick Unlikely FavoritesIs Luigi’s the best pizza in Brooklyn? And is the city’s best pie in Staten Island?
  29. Mediavore
    Questioning the Word ‘Foodie;’ The Trouble With Reservation Services
  30. Mediavore
    Suspicious Jobs at Lucali; Can’t Believe It’s Deep-Fried ButterPlus: Trouble for Zagat, and tax-free liquor, all in our morning news roundup.
  31. Mediavore
    Luxury Wine Market Plummets; Whitney Aycock in at CounterPlus: butchers as sex symbols, and Joe Jr. up for rent, all in our morning news roundup.
  32. Temporary Closings
    Di Fara Is Temporarily Down, Lucali May Be Moving On UpIn the world of pizza greatness, a temporary closure and a possible expansion.
  33. Lists
    After Richman Disses Di Fara, Voice Thumbs Nose at Lucali and Co.The ‘Voice’ chooses its top ten pizzas.
  34. Mediavore
    French Drinking Less Wine; Payard May MovePlus: New York’s bottle law gets blocked, and Stay burns, all in our morning news roundup.
  35. Temporary Closings
    Solex and Lucali Down But Not OutBoth restaurants are temporarily closed.
  36. Beef
    Pizzeria Blames Audit on Zagat RankingLucali owner says the tax man showed up two weeks after his pizza was crowned the city’s best.
  37. Mediavore
    Fair Food Foundation Felled by Madoff; Top Food Stories of 2008Plus: FreshDirect on healthy eating, and more on the Adam Perry Lang–Jamie Oliver project, all in our morning news roundup.
  38. Guide Books
    Zagat 2009: Per Se, Ko, Asiate, USC Emerge VictoriousLess New Yorkers are dining out, but those still eating have spoken via the annual Zagat guide.
  39. NewsFeed
    Jay-Z and Beyoncé Find No Quarter at La EsquinaThey were seated promptly at Lucali a while ago, but got no such luck at La Esquina.
  40. NewsFeed
    Blogger Got Booted From Lucali for Jay-Z and Beyoncé’The New Yorker’ says the owner wasn’t expecting their visit, but a blogger thinks otherwise.
  41. Neighborhood Watch
    Zeppelin’s New Space; Jay-Z and Beyoncé Have Good Taste in Pizza, TooZeppelin to moor on Church Street, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are fans of Lucali, and Almondine will deliver on one day only — for mom.
  42. Neighborhood Watch
    American Grill Rejected by the E.V.; Second Ave. Deli to Open in JanuaryAstoria: The “Sophia Loren” pie at Michael Angelo’s II on 23rd Avenue near 29th Street is said to blow away the neighborhood’s pizza competitors, and with the not-so-innovative toppings of mozzarella, tomato, basil, and sauce. [Joey in Astoria] Carroll Gardens: Lucali overwhelmingly won an albeit mini-poll for the hood’s best pizza parlor. [Bergen Carroll] Chinatown: The owners of new restaurant U-Choose Express on Mott Street have decided to decorate their space with an old sign from fifties diner Lonnie’s Coffee Shoppe that was uncovered during renovation. [NYT via Lost City] East Village: After only five months American Grill is giving up the ghost. Did its blintzes really fail to lure 4 a.m. drunks away from Odessa, was it flat-screen overdose, or just the constant reminder of Kiev’s death by gentrification that did the mod diner in? [Eater] Hell’s Kitchen: Artisanal Premium Cheese Center is hosting a sake and cheese tasting on December 5 to “showcase the lovely synergies that superior Sakes and exquisite (Artisanal Premium) Cheeses share.” [Artisanal Cheese] Midtown East: They may be hoisting their sign today, but the 2nd Avenue Deli probably won’t open until January. [Eater] Midtown West: Bruni’s first impression of Brasserie 44 (after, he notes, Rob and Robin’s) : It looks Scandinavian. [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Sangria 46 at 338 West 46th Street will feature a different sangria each day for the twelve days before Christmas starting on December 13 with three-berry rosé. [Grub Street]
  43. Neighborhood Watch
    Wise Hooters Girls Loose in Midtown West; Gael Greene Down With ParkBoerum Hill: The owners of Gravy have surrendered the struggling space to their adjacent beer garden Trout and are now serving “fish shack fare.” [Brownstoner via Bottomless Dish/Citysearch] Carroll Gardens: Nino’s Pizzeria on Henry Street has closed, possibly another victim of Lucali’s favoritism. [Bergen Carroll] Fort Greene: iCi is hosting a winemaker dinner on October 25 with guests Emmanuel Guillot-Broux from Macon and Laurent Tibes of Clos des Camuzeilles in Languedoc. [Grub Street] Long Island City: Central restaurant and bar is hosting Greek Aid on Friday to raise money for victims of the country’s recent fires. [Joey in Astoria] Midtown West: Hooters unveiled its 2008 calendar last night where the cover girl had these wise words: “I started off with a small picture, then split the back cover with another girl, finally made it to Ms. February and now I’m on the cover. I’ve made it. I’m at the very top of my profession.” [Gawker] Upper East Side: “There is definitely a slightly Home Depot feel to the AvroKO switch on Park Avenue: the screw-on wall panels, the tacky little leatherette placemats … the reversible chair backs’ upholstery reversed…” But Gael Greene loves it anyway. [Insatiable Critic]
  44. Back of the House
    City Council Stands Up for Fast-Food Chains; Unlaid Eggs in VogueSome City Council members, apparently swayed — purely on principle! — by the plight of the big fast-food chains, oppose Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed law to make them post calorie information. [NYP] The latest fad among Haute Barnyard types, like Dan Barber of Blue Hill? Unlaid eggs. [NYT] Related: The Haute Barnyard Hall of Fame [Grub Street] Bad news for cheesesteak lovers: The New York outpost of Tony Luke’s has severed its ties with its legendary Philadelphia headquarters and is now called Shorty’s. Also, Ollie’s Brasserie has closed, leaving the city with just one Chinese brasserie. [NYT] Related: City’s Chinese Brasseries Double [Grub Street]
  45. Openings
    Brick-Oven-Pizza Perfection Comes to Carroll GardensSlavering outer-borough Chowhounders have recently been storming the unmarked gates of Carroll Gardens’s newest brick-oven pizzeria, a rustic establishment being compared on that contentious, cultlike Website to such sacred pizza cows as Di Fara’s. It’s not only the posters who’ve evoked that mythic name — chef-owner Mark Iacono has as well. “My favorite pizza is Di Fara,” says Iacono, who looks a little like a Pope of Greenwich Village–era Eric Roberts. “The recipe is pretty much the same. Difference is, mine is made in a brick oven.” His pie is also imbued with a feisty smokiness, courtesy of a wood fire, and has a flavorful crust that’s comparatively soft and puffy, closer to classic coal-oven practitioners like Totonno’s and Grimaldi’s than Di Fara’s. “I call it old-school-Brooklyn style,” he says. “That’s what I’m going for.”