Pizza in Its Purest Form: The Story of Lucali | Food Skills

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  • Published on Mar 12, 2018
  • 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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  • buixrule
    buixrule 6 hours ago

    That's it. My mind is made up. Next trip to Jersey I'm swinging into Brooklyn and hitting this place up. That pizza has me droolin' over here.

  • andrew cho
    andrew cho 21 hour ago

    A man with no idea of what he wanted to do with his life, ended up loving what he does. Truly rare in this time and age. Kudos to you brother. God bless as well.

  • Gregory Chen
    Gregory Chen Day ago +1

    7:24 Jesus those prices. And I live in SF.

  • K H
    K H Day ago +1

    03:46 how come this guy wasn’t cast for the sopranos lol

  • Z12K
    Z12K Day ago

    His pizza is so original that he’s rolling the dough with a bottle

  • Z Taft
    Z Taft 2 days ago

    fried pizza is da best................00

  • Acidbyrn
    Acidbyrn 2 days ago

    This, to let you guys know at first we feast, is dope! I've never had a cut of pizza from up there. But if i can get a good shot outta Texas I'mma hit this place up!

  • ToNySpArK
    ToNySpArK 3 days ago

    Retired john wick

  • anoname
    anoname 4 days ago

    Very good pizza. Reminds me of a local pizzeria near me. It's incredible.

  • Maison David
    Maison David 5 days ago

    Thats exactly how i like my pizzas

  • Dr. Royalty
    Dr. Royalty 5 days ago +1

    Have to eat at Marks pizzeria before the day I die.

  • JOE FERGUSON
    JOE FERGUSON 6 days ago

    He's a pizza making god!!!

  • Mark Roethke
    Mark Roethke 7 days ago

    this profile was so amazing. congratulations to everyone involved.

  • Khaled Alamri
    Khaled Alamri 7 days ago

    Are we just gonna ignore the uncanny resemblance between this guy and Italy’s national football team prior goal keeper Gianluigi Buffon?

  • Hikihachi
    Hikihachi 7 days ago

    So, does he think that his pizzas are pizzas?

  • R44F
    R44F 9 days ago

    He is a pizza purist... but is he Really Dough??.... get it

  • frilink
    frilink 10 days ago

    He uses a rolling pin to flatten the dough, isn't that a big No No?

  • rk h
    rk h 10 days ago

    what's so unique about this video? every one has a story

  • Calvin M.
    Calvin M. 10 days ago

    Such a sweet video

  • aa311
    aa311 10 days ago

    this is what pizza is all about, great food and family

  • aptfive
    aptfive 11 days ago

    greeeeeat video....

  • VoltStone
    VoltStone 11 days ago

    *Shows hot dog* this is not pizza
    *Shows lasagna* this is not pizza
    *Shows boots* *I'm about to kick you out*

  • aerovic
    aerovic 11 days ago

    Is it really dough?

  • Muslim Mystic
    Muslim Mystic 12 days ago

    He's like the Keanu Reeves of pizza

  • Jeffrey Jewell
    Jeffrey Jewell 15 days ago

    Why does everyone act like making a pizza is so brilliant. Literally anyone that can read and have a little bit of art skills can do it. Strange world.

  • Nicola Dellino
    Nicola Dellino 15 days ago +1

    Bravo, rispetto per un pizzaiolo con passione e attaccamento alla tradizione

  • KING_N13T0
    KING_N13T0 16 days ago

    “Now it’s a Dunking Donuts” lmao

  • Javi Edinburgh
    Javi Edinburgh 16 days ago

    mmm large pie $24 , is that average or expensive for New york ? *edit: shit do you pay extra for toppings ??!

  • Marine Joe
    Marine Joe 18 days ago

    This made my day. Always makes me smile seeing someone stumble upon a true passion and excel at it. This is how you do pizza...hand-crafted simplicity. OG points for the Marlboro Reds "Scuolo Vecchio" #OldSchool

  • ipmala
    ipmala 18 days ago

    Mark....CONGRATULATIONS !! It looks like you make a really GREAT pizza !!

  • B. De La Mora
    B. De La Mora 20 days ago

    One bite everybody knows the rules. 9.4??? SHEEEEEESH

  • Ryuken Ryuvin
    Ryuken Ryuvin 20 days ago

    Mark wear rolex daytona

  • nayelbenomar
    nayelbenomar 21 day ago

    oh tu metti il parmigiano sulla pizza ma vafanculo va, coglione

  • Alfred Hudson
    Alfred Hudson 22 days ago

    Did i hear "Despacito's"

  • Keshav Vikram
    Keshav Vikram 24 days ago

    he's wearing a Rolex Daytona

  • Max Bien
    Max Bien 25 days ago

    YOU ARE ONE LUCKY MAN GOD BLESS YOU YOU TOOK A CHANCE AND MADE IT HAPPEN KEEPING THE MEMORIES FOR ALL TO LIVE ON FOR EVER THANK YOU

  • Max Bien
    Max Bien 25 days ago

    NICE TOO SEE PEOPLE REINVENT THE WHEEL FROM OLD AND NEW BIG OLD TIME SECRETES THAT STAND TALL FOR EVER

  • Max Bien
    Max Bien 25 days ago

    THANK YOU TO KEEP IT SIMPLE AND TRUE ITS VERY NICE, YOUR VERY LUCKY TO LIVE IN ONE PLACE YOUR WHOLE LIFE MENTORS STILL LIVE ON THRU YOU THANK YOU

  • Max Bien
    Max Bien 25 days ago

    BUT YOU CONTINUE THE STORY FOR ME AND MANY THANK YOU

  • Max Bien
    Max Bien 25 days ago

    WHEN I SEE YOU ON A PIZZA CHALLENGE, YOU ARE VERY WELL READ AND TRUE I LOVE YOUR WAY PLEASE CONTINUE SHARING YOUR GREAT NEIGHBOR HOOD STORIES THANK YOU WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH YOU MERRY CHRISM-AS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, AND ALL YOUR EXCELLENT INSTRUCTIONS LOVE IT MOST OF MY RECIPES, WERE FROM MY FRIENDS GRAND PARENTS I THANK THEM AND LOVED THEM AND HAD GREAT TIMES TOGETHER I MISS THAT BUT YOU CARRY ME ON THANK YOU

  • steely wheeley automobiley

    This place is like the John wick of pizzerias

  • Christopher Mafnas
    Christopher Mafnas 27 days ago

    Doing what he can, because he can...for the sake of memories and the people of the community he loves. RIGHT ON brother 🤙🏼

  • bb
    bb 27 days ago

    Only looks like......the World’s best Pizza😧😎👍I wanna go

  • Carl Matthew
    Carl Matthew 28 days ago

    That a pizza, is it dough?

  • Wilson
    Wilson 29 days ago

    0:41

  • Im Gone
    Im Gone Month ago

    This is his world, This is his happiness.

  • Samuel Mason
    Samuel Mason Month ago

    love it, but when he says the ratio is important and theres giant leaves sitting on a pizza... cmon man... some bites are like chewing fuckin 5 gim

  • The Rock
    The Rock Month ago

    It's expensive for radical chic people not normal

  • Games FTW
    Games FTW Month ago

    He really likes Basil

  • Atlas
    Atlas Month ago

    I love this guy

  • Brando Albrighi
    Brando Albrighi Month ago

    i'm sorry but pizza with parmesan is far from pure

  • YATIN VALECHA
    YATIN VALECHA Month ago

    now it's a dunkin doughnut....not all stories have good endings

  • Nefarious Cookie
    Nefarious Cookie Month ago +2

    George Bush “ We would like to congratulate you in behalf of the United States of......”
    “ Excuse me ..... my meatballs”
    George Bush “ oh Maron”

  • bivix vh
    bivix vh Month ago

    he kind of looks like john wick

  • Tom Bombadil
    Tom Bombadil Month ago

    This is such a wholesome origin story.

  • 99 problems but a fish ain't one

    Wow,
    Next trip to NYC.

  • NoMad
    NoMad Month ago

    I love this video, and the comment section has no hate ❤️

  • William
    William Month ago +2

    Great story. I used to make my dough this way but I learned out of hard knocks and stubbornness that you need a really hot oven for a low moister dough. The Jay-Z props, nah.

    • SwissMarksman
      SwissMarksman Month ago +1

      Get an Uuni oven. It's a fucking life changer.

  • tss3393
    tss3393 Month ago +1

    I've only seen this guy in this and the calzone video, and his straightforward down-to-basics attitude is what already makes him one of my favorite chefs to watch.

  • Ro Hoe
    Ro Hoe Month ago

    Just there this weekend. Best pizza I've ever had

  • Omar Nouradi
    Omar Nouradi Month ago

    24 dollars for a pizza??
    Shit, here in Italy its 3.50€

  • Moo Moo Puppy
    Moo Moo Puppy Month ago

    I love that the kitchen looks like a rustic kitchen you'd find in the Italian countryside.

  • Jeff jeff
    Jeff jeff Month ago

    i from france , i would make a short trip to NY just for his pizza.

  • Mr. Meeseeks
    Mr. Meeseeks Month ago

    I don't think it's possible to not like this guy.

  • Will Crawford
    Will Crawford Month ago +1

    I'm wish I had grown up in a tight nit neighborhood like this. Seems amazing

  • Therealello33
    Therealello33 Month ago

    parmesan gave me shivers

  • mayankpo
    mayankpo Month ago

    its just indian naan ..with ketchup.. a fucking whole drama for something so mundane .. Get a life man !!

  • walawalawalt
    walawalawalt Month ago +6

    not a good idea to find the food section of youtube at 3am lol

  • kartikey seth
    kartikey seth Month ago

    where jojo eats his pizza

  • Fermi Paradox
    Fermi Paradox Month ago

    John Wick's finally free

  • Todd
    Todd Month ago +1

    Dont put leafs of anything on your pizza.

    • Hoodie X Shammy
      Hoodie X Shammy Month ago

      get this kid of the comment sections cuz

    • RandomP3rson
      RandomP3rson Month ago +1

      Right, so ignore all tradition and flavour.

  • LookItsJonathan1
    LookItsJonathan1 Month ago

    Such an inspiration

  • SBakerNYC
    SBakerNYC Month ago

    REAL FUCKING NEW YORKER... last of a dying breed

  • Sp3k
    Sp3k Month ago

    Well I found free $5316a money making system that is really working:(just go to)
    greatworks.club/?gupGC Great work...

  • NUTMEG FOREVER TRIBUTE CHANNEL

    Mark has a great calming voice.He should be a smooth jazz or easy listening radio host.

  • Moon Striker
    Moon Striker Month ago

    What a beautiful story... nad the pőizzas looks great, seem to pretty much original simple 'neapolitans', the best way- Pizza is a simple food, you have to resist the urge to complicate it.

  • Ashwin Pathak
    Ashwin Pathak Month ago

    Is that a 50 cents pizza? Where are the toppings bruh?

    • Ashwin Pathak
      Ashwin Pathak Month ago

      +Jenni Valentine ok but pizza without toppings sucks!

    • Jenni Valentine
      Jenni Valentine Month ago

      real italian pizza doesn't have alot of toppings. pizza marinara and pizza margherita. that's pretty much it.

  • DHH
    DHH Month ago

    I don't know what the word is but seeing him sitting and talking casually in his kitchen with that rustic oven in the background and the blown out boke just looks so divine. I know the cinematographer wanted to capture that kettle with the steam coming out too on the right. Just perfect. I'm from Toronto, Canada and I just want to hop into the car and drive up to NYC just to have a slice of the pizza and see the place with my own eyes.

    • DHH
      DHH Month ago

      The word is ambiance.

  • Diana Cassinelli
    Diana Cassinelli Month ago

    I love pizza...but not 2 much cheese...love everything else

  • zvelekva
    zvelekva Month ago

    The guy at 3:44....he's a friend of ours;)

  • gerrit101
    gerrit101 Month ago

    i really like this guy and how he runs his business... but to be honest, the pizza doesnt look that great..

  • Chasing Pavements
    Chasing Pavements Month ago

    Who licks a ball point pen? 1:51. Gross.

  • Baltazar Ibarra
    Baltazar Ibarra Month ago

    This single video inspired me to put my pizzeria, and now a know that I’m good at it, because people really love it, i know that you really have to work hard to make a good pizza, because any one can make bad pizza.

  • Noah Bloom
    Noah Bloom Month ago

    salivating

  • Mario Soto
    Mario Soto Month ago

    Love and dedication to his own love for pizza is what got him to his craft,his craft is making him famous now days,forget about it!!..skills and love comes numero uno!

  • MyLostTemple
    MyLostTemple Month ago

    Down to Earth kind of guy. But don't be fooled, this guy actually has mob connection. There was a rumor that Lucchese family invested in his other Italian fancy restaurant business in Brooklyn that he ventured so he is definitely protected.

    • Mario Soto
      Mario Soto Month ago

      Bring proof or be an asshole talking shit for ever and ever!

  • Mayank x42
    Mayank x42 Month ago

    He looks like Jim Caviezel and Keanu Reeves in one

  • Mike Brickowski
    Mike Brickowski Month ago

    Carbone was overrated. Tourist trap

  • Bergenurn
    Bergenurn Month ago

    The 355 likes are from other resturants that he stole the customers off smh.

  • Drive Knight
    Drive Knight Month ago

    Mamma mia! Delicious margarita!

  • The Official Food Review Channel

    I love making/eating pizza. I use a flour tortilla for super thin and crispy crust. Cooked in my toaster oven. Turns out like brick oven

  • Charles Wagner
    Charles Wagner Month ago

    What a really cool story. Man this is the best kind of content.

  • geaR
    geaR Month ago

    The world needs more gentlemen like Mark

  • Christian G
    Christian G Month ago

    Chicago look, that is how a pizza should look like. Damn I am drooling

  • Canini01
    Canini01 Month ago

    Grazie Marco, Dio ti benedica.

  • Vedant kale
    Vedant kale Month ago

    He truly is following in the footsteps of his mentor Di Fara by charging $24 for a large pizza and $3 for a single topping. Even the Napolitans don't sell it this expensive.

  • Kyllie Balbon
    Kyllie Balbon Month ago

    😍

  • joyfulvulture
    joyfulvulture Month ago

    so italian lol

  • Anis Dabchy
    Anis Dabchy Month ago

    Fuck Trump! Now let's dig in

  • pietrobarca
    pietrobarca Month ago

    man it looks good but i wouldn't want 3 cheeses on it, just bufala