Prior to opening Lucali in 2006, Mark Iacono had never dreamt of being a cook. Today, he operates one of the best pizzerias not only in New York City, but the entire world. In a rare, intimate glimpse at Iacono's life, this Food Skills mini-doc charts the chef's unlikely rise from Brooklyn construction worker to internationally renowned pizzaiolo. While walking the streets of his native Carroll Gardens, Iacono reminisces about a rapidly changing neighborhood, and unlocks the keys to his world-famous margherita pie. From studying at the altar of Di Fara’s Dom DeMarco, to serving A-list celebrities like Jay Z and Beyoncé, the story of Lucali is made of pizza lore and legend.
Director: Tanai Milgram
Producers: Jackson Connor, Tanai Milgram, Lawrence Weibman
Executive Producer: Chris Schonberger
Director of Photography: Dustin Flannery-McCoy
Production Coordinator: Victoria Astudillo
Editor: Dustin Flannery-McCoy
Camera Operator: James Ogle
Sound: Michael Moote
Production Assistant: Tian Wang
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Don't know when I'll afford the time and money to visit NY, but I love food and pizza, don't care how long I have to wait in line, I've heard enough stories and seen vids about Mark to know this is the Pizza to die for.
That right there is the goal to a great life.To be able to do what makes you happy.Simple is the key..A nice small pizza place in a area he loves,doing what he loves...Just making pies,does not have to grow super huge.....I need that in a simple bike shop..
Best pizza in the world?!! I really must be missing something... I see that the toppings are top grade ingredients. But the dough and crust are just below average to bad. The crust tastes like a water cracker. Underproofed, yeasty. I have eater there 3 times. Don't get it...
I would definitely like to try his pizza. Even though this isn't the style of pizza I prefer - I truly admire your passion for making the best! I like in is it pizza you appreciate so many styles even though they aren't what you make. Imagine if everyone had that passion - builders, produce shops, government employees etc.
People like mark make pizza turn from a food to frickin art 🖼 u see that lvl of food from peeps that are trained since they were like 6 or seven and this guy mark just comes in and is just like gtfo this is my specialty
Good for him. Im always glad to hear & see success stories. It's not an overnight success story.. it's better than that. He worked diligently, built a nice restaurant, and pressed on without quitting. It warms my heart to hear his story of success, his family and now the persons he employs. I sense a lot of heart and tradition there. Cheers
This was my number one food wish to go there when I came to New York from England earlier this month. The neighborhood itself is very cute. We got there and waited inline from I'd say 16:45 until about 17:15 until the lady came out and gave us a table 30 minutes later so really it wasn't so bad at all. The Pizza was some of the best I've ever had and it was so good we ordered another to take out. Mark was there and after I thanked him for a great experience we small talked for a while. Great guy. I would say, EARLY at around 16:30 because even though the line was small when we showed up it quadrupled in about 30 minutes. Wonderful place. Totally worth it.
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