Lucali serves the best pizza in NYC, which is equivalent to being the most powerful person at Davos. Thus, you could drink a warm glass of Jäger here, and still have a good meal. But considering it’s BYOB, why would you settle for good when you could have spectacular, especially after waiting three hours for a table? The answer is, you shouldn’t. That’s where we come in. Here are some suggestions specifically tailored to this Carroll Gardens institution. Also, tip the staff very well– they’re great. Cash only.
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Top Wines with Pizza
Wine and pizza is as fundamental a package deal as coffee and milk. Just as you wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) ask for a side of ranch dressing, you don’t need to deviate.
You might see a bottle of older Chave in the window. This bottle of syrah from the legendary Rhône producer doesn’t have that kind of age on it, but it does have spiciness that pairs great with hot peppers with pepperoni.
We’re just the messenger here. Barbera and pizza is a classic pairing. It’s what they drink at children’s pizza parties in Italy.
A natural Spanish red that didn’t know it’d be a great pizza wine.
This bright Beaujolais tastes good with just about anything, but it's exceptional with pizza.
Stéphane Tissot's wines are on the right side of natural, meaning they are a little bit wild but still delicious.
5 Special bottles
You’ll see some of the greatest wines in the world in the window at Lucali’s. The bottles are empty, sorry. Truth is, pizza is a great accompaniment to fancy stuff too. Here’s our list of 5 wines to reward yourself with while eating too much pizza.
Vietti is one of the best Barolo producers to drink without having to wait a long time for the wines to open up. Don’t linger at the table– savor your time with wines that open up fast.
Bachelet is a juicy, spicy, and earthy style of Burgundy. It’s also as hard to come by as a table at Lucali.
Pre-2008 Giacosa is some of the greatest wine from Italy. This is floral and elegant.
Cerbaiona is an Italian statement piece. But unlike Versace slippers or a bright yellow Lambo, this Brunello isn’t just a cry for attention. It shows you know what’s up.
If you're drinking white wine while eating pizza, you should be drinking White Burgundy. This is the good stuff. Just do it.