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“Good Italiano!”

Tony & Lucille's Little Italy
Ranked #91 of 583 Restaurants in New Haven
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Tony and Lucille’s is a cute, completely unpretentious, family run (don’t see this much anymore) establishment in New Haven’s Little Italy with awesome Italian food. The decor is a bit dated and dusty in places, lots of fake plants, checkered plastic table cloths, paintings of Italy and knick knacks. The waitresses are the daughters of the owner and they are a bit brash and loud but in a charming, homey way. In terms of the food...EVERYTHING is good. The father was some kind of cheese specialist and so all the dishes with cheese are an expertly mixed concoction that you won’t find anywhere else. We love the manicotti! Also, loved the fennel salad and the endive salad. The zuppa di mussels in a fra di avalo sauce is hot, spicy and delectable. The portions are generous and unfortunately the price tag a bit steep.

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Thank kristina m
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

I stopped in on a Sunday about 6PM. I hadn't been here in a number of years. The food is good but not outstanding. It is a bit pricier than it should be and the service is a bit neglectful. Every one of the staff appear to be related and spent a lot of time paying attention to the baby with grandma. I enjoyed Tony and Lucille's 25 or so years ago when they were across the street in the little place on the corner selling calzones. It seems like they never made the transition from Mom and Pop place (which was fun and good) to a higher end restaurant. In some southern or midwest town, they'd be the best restaurant in town. In New Haven they are just OK.

Thank jtc2008
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

We stopped on our way from NYC to Providence and, when Frank Pepe's was too busy, choose to eat here, across the street. It turned out to be a good choice! Not overly busy, the waitress was however a bit overstretched. Still, the atmosphere was old school Italian just as it used to be and we liked it. The clams casino were only decent. However, the main courses were great. My husband had the special which was a chicken parmigana with eggplant and fresh ricotta served with pasta and it was delicious! Not normally a fan of ricotta, it was clearly fresh and the sauce etc. was excellent. I had scungilli which I was told were just brought in fresh and again, the dish was delicious. Spicy tomato sauce, linguine and delicious and tender scungilli which I haven't had in years. It really hit the spot. We had dessert next door at their cafe' and their cheesecakes are amazing! The chocolate and key lime are both especially recommended. It was so good that we tried to stop by on our way home but found it closed in the time between lunch and dinner. We'll try again next time for sure.

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Thank ManhattanWilliam
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

This is our "go to" place when friends and family come from out of town and want to eat on Wooster Street. They have a good menu and the prices are very reasonable. Staff is friendly and the restaurant is clean.

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Thank Jon C
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

It had been a few years since we dined at Tony and Lucille's. That was our first time and it was for lunch. On a recent visit to New Haven we decided to try it again, this time for dinner with some friends.

Three of the four of us decided to go with the veal chop which was highly touted by our waitress and found on the unpriced "specials menu". The fourth member of our group ordered the lasagna. As it turned out, we wish we all had taken her lead, as she was very pleased with her dish.

Our chops on the other hand, though dramatic in size with a long bone protruding off the plate were heavily breaded, deep fried and greasy. The dinner was saved by the bruschetta appetizers and the side of pasta with zesty marinara sauce. The most difficult moment for the three of us was the exorbitant price charged for the veal chop. It was over half again as much as any of the veal items on the regular menu. Our bad: we didn't think ask the price before accepting the unwavering recommendation of our waitress; but neither was it offered.

So the moral of this disappointing story is: be on guard about being pushed into ordering from the unpriced specials menu; better to stick with pasta items on the regular (and priced!) menu.

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