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

  • 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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  • Christian Volk
    Christian Volk 46 minutes ago

    Really dough?

  • Eduardo Hernandez
    Eduardo Hernandez 17 hours ago

    Another life changed by the power of Beyonce

  • Dark Truth
    Dark Truth Day ago

    New blood from the last of a dying breed

  • Charlestzy
    Charlestzy Day ago +2

    damn forget about the food. those are 2 hawt waitresses

  • Paulo Constantino
    Paulo Constantino 3 days ago

    This is what pizza is. Not anything else. Definitely not Domino's crap.

  • Fat Cat
    Fat Cat 3 days ago

    Genuine guy.Nice neighborhood.

  • Joey Salt
    Joey Salt 4 days ago

    Mark you would make great brociole for the restrt.

  • Boe Dillard
    Boe Dillard 6 days ago

    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.

  • Rajat Kaushal
    Rajat Kaushal 6 days ago +1

    He looks humble but even Domino's pizzas look better.

  • S0urceAM
    S0urceAM 8 days ago +1

    I need to stop watching these with an empty stomach at 3 AM

  • Anuraj Chakraborty
    Anuraj Chakraborty 9 days ago +2

    Keanu Reeves should play this guy in a movie.

  • cooper curtis
    cooper curtis 9 days ago

    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

  • AveX MinT
    AveX MinT 10 days ago +1

    How can you not love this guy

  • sportsmusiclover
    sportsmusiclover 11 days ago

    I need that Lard bread in my life!

  • Andrey Artemyev
    Andrey Artemyev 13 days ago

    you want some good looking guys in there. god damn i love personalities from new york like that LMFAO

  • Judson Swift
    Judson Swift 16 days ago

    This man is the most inspiring chef to me..

  • Tom Poynton
    Tom Poynton 16 days ago +1

    lmao 24 bucks for a margherita

  • hotdog voodoo
    hotdog voodoo 17 days ago

    What a honest working man

  • Tyler Silva
    Tyler Silva 18 days ago


  • José Azcona
    José Azcona 18 days ago

    Beautiful just incredibly beautiful! Waiting to do the same in my neighborhood in another country another day

  • Real Mart Ent
    Real Mart Ent 19 days ago

    This was a great please to live if you weren’t poor and your family wasn’t in the mob you were good other than that you were just another wise guy on the payroll

  • Juliane Hirsch
    Juliane Hirsch 19 days ago

    Anyone know the music at 6:44 ?

  • Elyas Yusuf
    Elyas Yusuf 20 days ago

    Italian American: Eyy

  • B Skinny
    B Skinny 21 day ago

    5K to his name? That takes cahones.

  • Lone Rider
    Lone Rider 21 day ago

    Dad is that you 😂😂

  • NB
    NB 22 days ago

    "im about to kick you out"

  • John Lukach
    John Lukach 22 days ago +2

    What a beautiful location! A humble hard working owner I will take the long journey to you.

  • nikip
    nikip 24 days ago +5

    An example of the American dream, well done. :) "Build it, and they will come".... It's a beautiful thing :)

  • Kris B
    Kris B 25 days ago +1

    "now it's a Dunkin' Donuts". Pretty much sums up NYC now.

  • Kalitsa Nurhabibi
    Kalitsa Nurhabibi 27 days ago

    I hope I can eat those pizza before I die😂

  • mr c
    mr c 27 days ago

    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

  • Tom Haflinger
    Tom Haflinger 28 days ago

    I've never seen it served with bunches of large basil leaves still together. My gut says it would be more difficult to eat that way, but what do the customers think?

  • Darran James
    Darran James 28 days ago

    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.

  • Elsa&lisa
    Elsa&lisa 28 days ago

    Mark is my hero! How can you not love someone with that depth of heart? And he makes a great pizza. Ciao Bello.

  • Abdul Rahman Malik
    Abdul Rahman Malik 28 days ago

    Nice daytona

  • J35h13
    J35h13 28 days ago

    Doing God's work.

  • Robyn Durling
    Robyn Durling 29 days ago

    Rachael Ray. You need him on your show.

  • Dan Bobet
    Dan Bobet Month ago

    “Excuse me, my meatballs”

  • Josh K
    Josh K Month ago

    A man with a keen eye for detail

  • Optimus Prime
    Optimus Prime Month ago

    So he left construction business to make pizzas... It's considered a sin to follow your passion leaving your family business here in India...😂

  • Christian De Pietro

    He looks very acomplished


    Para, q bosta de pizza! Jamais isso é "fora do comum" como vejo alguns dizendo! Massa, tomate e meia duziA de queijo ralado em cima , que piada! Comida brasileira nao é a melhor do mundo, mas supera muita cozinha internacional por aí!

  • Nim Luikham
    Nim Luikham Month ago

    The worst thing is I don't know whether people like him are genuine or good at acting.
    I know it's sad but there's nothing I know that's to be done.

  • Oskar Garden
    Oskar Garden Month ago

    Rolling out the pizza do... maaaan. you push out all the fermentation gases your dough build up from the yeast. No wonder your pizza is so flat. Why do American Italians never learn in Italy .. how to make real pizza but this crap version from the states. Humble and nice guy though

  • Ahmad Farooq
    Ahmad Farooq Month ago +4

    What a HUMBLE human being(as a New Yourker). Very proud of you sir... i wish u nothing but love respect and success...

  • Dietmar Heckl
    Dietmar Heckl Month ago +4

    I love your story
    Very inspirational
    Keep on doing what you love

  • mmallay
    mmallay Month ago +3

    What a great story, And inspiration for those without restaurant background!

  • John P
    John P Month ago

    ...yeah..that's the way to do it...a pizza should only have tomatosauce..cheese and basil..maybe Mushrooms..that's it..but everything on there has to be real and top notch! 👌

    • mmallay
      mmallay Month ago

      You forgot Italian Sausage! Lol

  • Slayer
    Slayer Month ago

    Rolling the dough and cooking the sauce, weird.

  • Liban Ahmed
    Liban Ahmed Month ago

    Me hungry
    Me wants pizza

  • Awmpuii_Muse
    Awmpuii_Muse Month ago +4

    This guy is hotter than his pizza and oven 🙉

  • Nizar Am'r Arrasyid
    Nizar Am'r Arrasyid Month ago +4

    Hugh Jackman is a talented guy

  • godfatherNYC
    godfatherNYC Month ago

    Absolutely the best pizza I've ever eaten. I was fortunate enough to live literally around the corner from Lucali when it opened. I knew immediately how special it was, and I'm so glad to see all of the success Mark has had. It's so true, if you live there, you can't walk around long without seeing him, he's like the Mayor. And the vibe at Lucali, yes so hectic trying to get in, but I always felt like I was basically in heaven while sitting there in the candle light eating a Margherita pizza.

  • edoasr 1927
    edoasr 1927 Month ago

    tutto sto casino per una margherita con bufala ahahaha

  • Beckala67
    Beckala67 Month ago

    02:10 where you can go to eat sushi while you're waiting for your to-go order. Because by the time you get there after they open, it's booked up until 10 pm. We took home our pizza for the kids, so after sushi, and while we were waiting on the bench in front of Lucali's, this guy heard we were waiting for a to-go and they placed theirs. We told them we just had sushi down the block and were taking it home for the kids. He says, "I want to be in their family!" 😂😋

  • Beckala67
    Beckala67 Month ago

    Love that he still reads the papers and does the crossword (licks pen). 😂 Old School.

  • Harsit Sinha
    Harsit Sinha Month ago

    Rather First we talk

  • primed salt
    primed salt Month ago +1

    I love eating pizza
    Well i mean....

  • dj billbill#badDJ
    dj billbill#badDJ Month ago

    Social club, mob hang out ... Same thing 😀

  • dj billbill#badDJ
    dj billbill#badDJ Month ago +1

    Just another Bronx tale 😁

  • Ivan
    Ivan Month ago

    It's so hauntingly beautiful that one day his daughter is going to watch these videos and enjoy history, her father and most importantly pizza!

  • Roman Guzzman
    Roman Guzzman Month ago

    Can I get a job at your restaurant please ?

  • Matthew Miller
    Matthew Miller Month ago

    Bronx pizza is better then Brooklyn pizza

  • Pulkit Sharma
    Pulkit Sharma Month ago

    What were the names of the 3 cheese he took??...i cudn't figure the first one....

  • Some Stranger
    Some Stranger Month ago

    I don’t get what’s so special about this place? It’s just pizza smh

  • Kakashi Hatake
    Kakashi Hatake Month ago

    I really like this guy

  • Mohammad Ahmad
    Mohammad Ahmad Month ago

    Bc kitta chutiya pizza lag ra h dekhne m

  • Glenn Labonete
    Glenn Labonete Month ago

    You can tell he's a good guy

  • Tired of Fools
    Tired of Fools Month ago

    I love that he carries MANHATTAN SPECIAL! Mark is truly special and an inspiration.

  • Paul Beebe
    Paul Beebe Month ago

    Bad ass video!

  • yellow92591
    yellow92591 Month ago

    Man couldn't turn the video off

  • Black Jason
    Black Jason Month ago +1

    "Now It's Dunkin Donuts"

  • J Bishop Productions

    Mark is the man . Even makes smoking look classy 😂

  • D Sanchez
    D Sanchez 2 months ago

    One word encompasses this story and that is "LEGENDARY". Enjoy and live what you love.

  • Leandro Guimarães
    Leandro Guimarães 2 months ago

    what a fucking great video and story.

  • Bishesh Sherchan
    Bishesh Sherchan 2 months ago +1

    The anchor that every neighbourhood needs

  • teguh pandirian
    teguh pandirian 2 months ago

    He reminded me of jiro from jiro dream of sushi, the purists

  • the traveler
    the traveler 2 months ago

    pizza`s look horrible

  • jordan Smac a hoe
    jordan Smac a hoe 2 months ago +1

    a man of the people

  • bruh maname
    bruh maname 2 months ago

    I'm a simple man, I see pizza I click.

  • d bisram
    d bisram 2 months ago

    Mark is such a great guy.I can tell that he has a pure heart.It is rare to find people like him.I hope I can be like him one day.

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  • Mike Graham
    Mike Graham 2 months ago

    1:00 meatballs? Those aren’t on the menu, though they should be

  • Jason Ramsey
    Jason Ramsey 2 months ago

    1:47 Hmm he had his chairs, feet down, on top on the surface that he work his dough....part of the favor?

  • The man The man
    The man The man 2 months ago

    I thought you were a stockbroker

  • Oyster Cracker
    Oyster Cracker 2 months ago

    Really love the fact that people like him still exist and carry on great stories like that. I bet that pizza is nothing less than amazing!

  • Natalie
    Natalie 2 months ago +2

    so handsome

  • kasper
    kasper 2 months ago

    i'm a straight male but i think i'm in love with this dude

  • Bhiner1029
    Bhiner1029 2 months ago +1

    This is such a wholesome video. I'll definitely visit this place if I ever get to go to NYC.

  • Hải và Film
    Hải và Film 2 months ago

    is he married ?

  • hswonderX
    hswonderX 2 months ago

    7:28 When they say "plane pie" it means there is just the crust and the tomato sauce?

  • Xdblood Wolf
    Xdblood Wolf 2 months ago

    I NEED PIZZA 🍕 NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tor Andre Børresen
    Tor Andre Børresen 2 months ago

    what's the first cheese he mentions? can't make it out

  • Bruno Hajnal
    Bruno Hajnal 2 months ago

    Hey guys ! amazing video there ! what 3 cheeses are mentioned at 6.04? mozarella, parmezan ? parmeggiano??? thanks !

  • Pab xD
    Pab xD 2 months ago

    Is it just me or he looks like older John wick

  • Pab xD
    Pab xD 2 months ago +1

    But... *Is it really dough??*

  • Karma You There Bruh?
    Karma You There Bruh? 2 months ago

    Dayum he's fine.

  • Nicho
    Nicho 2 months ago +1

    Now its a dunkin donuts..... everything said about our community....the people

  • Count Von D
    Count Von D 2 months ago

    Next level place there. All the candles at night and the big windows.

  • Shuckyducky
    Shuckyducky 2 months ago

    I need the names of the hotties at 0:41 ... stat!