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“Luciano's Original Mall Location After All These Years” 4 of 5 stars
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Luciano Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
7946 Tysons Corner Center (Rte. 7), Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Corner, VA 22102
703 893 8488
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Ranked #31 of 80 restaurants in Tysons Corner
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children
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Good for: Families with children
Herndon, VA
1 review
“Luciano's Original Mall Location After All These Years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

Luciano's is one of the few Italian family-owned neighborhood restaurants, now a successful chain, throughout the DC suburbs. The original location in Tysons Corner is still going strong since at least the 1980s, featuring the stalwart Southern Italian (Neapolitan, Roman, Sicilian, etc) peasant and provincial food so prevalent in the New York metropolitan area and so scarce in Northern Virginia and the District.

There are other locations in Oakton, Herndon, and the Dulles Towne Shopping Center, as well as in Montgomery County, Maryland. The owner and his family are from New Jersey.

I have never had, in over twenty years of going to various locations, anything but attentive service. And unlike other mall restaurants, including contemporary neighbors Brio and California Pizza Kitchen, the food is always made from fresh ingredients and cooked to order. I have never had a a salad of limp and brown greens, with sulfury onions, and a pool of water and oil such as I had been served at Brio's or a limp pizza of rotten goat cheese as I had been offered at the CPK. The salad here was of fresh, crisp, and peppery greens, ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and radishes with a flavorful vinaigrette. The delightfully refreshing salad was accompanied by freshly baked italian rolls, perfectly baked of semolina dough, brushed with an eggwash that gave the light crust a shiny, golden surface speckled with sesame seeds.

Some of the best choices here are from the numerous ricotta-based, baked pasta dishes on the menu, such as the signature Baked Ziti. The bubbling hot dish was plated at my table by the server. The plate was full of al dente pasta with a zesty, fruity marinara sauce redolent with chunks of roma tomatoes, a hint of garlic, and extra virgin olive oil and filled with a creamy ricotta with mozzarella, pecorino, and parmigiana baked en casserole--served as aforementioned--piping hot.

Luciano's may not be a Coastal Flats or a Sandino's, pricier restaurants with full bar service, but it is a great value as a casual neighborhood place--unique at either of the Tysons Corner mall venues.

In fact any of the Luciano's locations, especially in Northern Virginia, is worth making a regular habbit for pizza, pastas, salads, soups, and other ante pasti when shopping at the Center. Beats the heck out of the Olive Garden across the street or the Brio's Tuscan Grill on the Lower Level.

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Newport News, Virginia
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237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
“Typical Mall Fare”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2008

During a recent visit to Tyson's Corner we decided to try Luciano's for lunch. I understand this is a new location of an old area restaurant. The restaurant itself is very pretty (great plants and all table seating in a quiet area of the mall). Service was prompt and courteous. Restroom was dirty and not fully functional. Food is overpriced and quite disappointing. Started with salads (not much more than iceberg lettuce, carrots and some lite dressing). YUCK! ($4 each)....then had some bread (very tasty), then my hubby had a chicken dish ($14) and I had a chicken pannini ($8). Both meals tasted of old oil and were disappointing for the taste and price. While the location is convenient (right in the mall) and the service is good, the food is poor and highly priced. We won't return. There are much better options in the mall and in the area.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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“No Mall Discount.. that...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2008

No Mall Discount.. that blows. Good Sicillian pizza- bad white pizza, dry crust, no riccata, too much olive oil. Excellent Penne Alfredo. No extra oil, just perfect.

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“Pretty good pizza..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2007

Pretty good pizza..

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Arlington, Virginia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best NY Pizza in Virginia/DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2006

I'm Italian and from Brooklyn. And as far as I could tell from my travels there are 3 things that you cannot get in good quality outside of New York- bagels, cannolis, and pizza. I mean, I can order delivery like everyone else, but there is nothing like fresh New York style pizza with a thin but not too thin crust, sweet and salty cheese and not too much sauce or spicing. Luciano's fits the bill. You can get a slice at the counter or order a whole pie in the restaurant (my suggestion, because it is best when fresh out of the oven, you can take the leftovers- if any- home). This place also does a great southern-Italy marinara and tha pastas are nice and the calzones are great. It's where I eat when I don't feel like making my own from scratch sauce and I need to feel like Northern Virginia is "home."

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