LUCCIOLA is a new-ish Italian dining spot that also provides a new space for Italian artists to express themselves. Marco Gallotta is the creator and designer of the wallpaper and artworks; Marina Vanni e Cristina Guidoni from StudioEmporioHome (based in Savigno, Bologna) designed “Madre Lucciola” lamp inspired and in memory of Nik Novecento. Here at LUCCIOLA, when you enter this is one of the first things you notice; absolute beauty.
It’s a quaint spot that’s great for groups as well as couples. Here, they offer a creative Italian brunch with undeniably delicious options! I started off how I always do, with a cocktail while I browsed the menu. Between the Truffle Sunny Side Up Eggs, Ricotta Pancakes, the Signature LUCCIOLA Poached Egg Croissant, and housemade Pasta, it was a tough decision to make. I always love this about restaurants though, because I know that when I go back with friends or family, there will be something on the menu for everyone.
Here they have a great cocktail selection, which my top three were definitely the LUCCIOLA Daquari, the Blueberry Lemonade, and the Aperol Spritz. I wanted to try brunch at LUCCIOLA because it’s coming into that time of year where the sun will be out, Spring is on the horizon, and “brunching” at spots like this will be an every weekend activity. Paired alongside, I enjoyed the Lobster and Avocado Croissant with Poached Eggs, Burrata Truffle Pesto Omelette, and Paccheri Lamb and Broccoli Rabe Pasta! First off, the lobster and avocado croissant was top notch. This dish, however, comes in many forms, including having the ability to enjoy poached eggs on a croissant with other options including, Truffle Paté and Prosciutto, Scottish Smoked Salmon and Parmesan Cream, Benedict with Ham, as well as Florentine.
The omelette was wonderful, but the pasta here is where it’s at! The Paccheri with Broccoli Rabe is now one of my favorites, but also a very popular dish is the Pasta Carbonara, which I already know after tasting the pasta I devoured, it’s as amazing as everyone says it is. To end brunch on a sweet note, because the first two courses were to die for, I tried the Tiramisu. I have a love-hate relationship with this dessert because I find that unless it’s made really well, it can be one of those desserts that will disappoint you. The Tiramisu here at LUCCIOLA was one of the best I have ever had. It is like heaven upon the first bite! It’s soft, creamy, coffee driven, but not too much, sweetly seductive, and just downright amazing!
LUCCIOLA is a restaurant in the UWS you do not want to miss out on. It’s new, already very popular, and absolutely a must visit! This is a spot I would return to over and over again and honestly can’t wait to try dinner at. LUCCIOLA is perfect if you’re seeking a great brunch, romantic dinner, wonderful staff and service, and a beautiful ambiance.