– If I could only eat from one pizza place for the rest of my life, I think I would have to
say it would be Lucali. – I’m still trying to figure that out. – I guess I make a good pizza. – [Herrine] This is Mark Iacono.
He opened Lucali in 2006. Since then, pizza fans
from all over the world have been flocking to his restaurant. Even some celebrities. – What do you think is the
best pizza in Brooklyn? This is something people talk about a lot. – Lucali’s by far. – [Herrine] Every afternoon
at 5 p.m., hopeful diners wait in line anywhere
from two to four hours to put their names down
on the list for the night. – They start taking names at
5, they finish around 5:45, and that’s it. We’re booked. – It’s definitely worth the
wait. It’s definitely worth getting there at 4:30
even if you’re not going to eat until 7:30. – We got here at 4, my buddy Riley planned the strategy out and said,
“You gotta get here at 4 and put your name in at
5,” and we waited about an hour more or less. – We don’t have a reservation policy. We’re a really small restaurant.
We only have 10 tables. We’re open four hours a night. It has to be, one person gets
up, the next person has to be waiting to sit down. – [Herrine] So what makes
Mark’s pizza so legendary? – No, I had no culinary experience. It wound up being that I
figured it out as I went along. I had zero experience. I
really didn’t know the science behind it. I didn’t understand
yeast and how it worked and the effects it had on the
dough and the proofing times. – [Herrine] Mark figured out
how to make a delicious pizza, and the restaurant’s history
is just as rich as his food. – I was born and raised
here. I still live here. I lived here my whole life, and this pizzeria we stand in today
was an old candy store that I grew up in that
my dad would bring me and my brothers here, Louie’s Candy Store. – [Herrine] After Louie
passed away, his wife Rosemarie put the place up for rent. At the spur of the moment,
Mark decided to sign the lease. Since opening, Lucali gradually
built a strong base of fans. – The first time that I
went to Lucali was probably about seven years ago,
so I’ve been eating pizza there ever since, and I
heard about it through word of mouth, just people saying, “You’ve gotta try this
pizza. It’s the best that you will have in Brooklyn.” – Well, we don’t have much.
It’s just pizza and calzone. Joking around, we’re always
goofing with the customers, “Pizza and calzone, leave ’em
alone. That’s all he makes.” – [Herrine] To get a better
idea of what makes Lucali pizza so great, I had to step into the kitchen and learn how Mark makes his pizza. My pizza-making skills are so subpar. – You’re gonna roll the dough. – I’ll do whatever you want me to do. – You want a lot of flour,
and you want to kind of start almost from the center and roll out. – Is there a reason why
you use a wine bottle instead of a rolling pin? – Yes. ‘Cause I don’t
know how to make pizza. As I mentioned earlier, I
never made pizza before, and it was the very beginning,
I was probably open a week, and I screwed the dough up. People were screaming at
me. They wanted their pizza. I was really slow at the time. I didn’t understand. I was
like, “Why won’t it stretch?” So I called my brother, who
lives right around the block, and I was like, “Bring me
Grandma’s rolling pin, hurry up.” He just took forever, so I
just grabbed a wine bottle and just started rolling
it out with a wine bottle, and it just stuck. – Does it do anything for the taste? – Yeah, the pies do
come out a lot crispier. – Sorry, I have the upper
arm strength of a child. – Put some muscle into it. Don’t put too much thought into it. See, it’s coming perfect. – OK. – You’re doing a great job,
and then spread your hands, hold it up, see what you
got. Perfect, you’re done. Look, you stretched the perfect dough. – You make it look so easy. – I’ve made thousands of these things. Drop it right in the center. The whole thing. OK, now with the bottom
you want to just make — go ahead, grab it, you’re gonna do it — a little circle, and like
you’re making a spiral. Push it out. – Yeah. – After working here a
month, your forearms will be like Popeye. – Can’t relate, the only
working out I do is… – Eating. – Yes. We just dollop it everywhere? – You’re not slam-dunking basketball. – So gingerly place it down? – Just throw it on. That’s it. You’re done.
You did an amazing job. – You’re so kind. – No, no, you really
did. You know you did. – I think it’s an even distribution. After that, the pizza goes
into the oven and is topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh basil. – People have been
coming here, and I think because it’s so hard to get in here, they have the pizza, and
they don’t want to waste the experience on a calzone, and I’ll send the calzone
over, and they don’t order the pizza anymore. Now they
just order the calzone. So we’re gonna do a calzone. – What’s the best way
to order the calzone? – Calzone with a little
garlic, and we make a hot pepper sauce that
you can put on top. – And now, the moment
you’ve been waiting for: the eating portion of this video. – I never thought that
this moment would come. I have tried coming into
Lucali’s so many times, and I just haven’t nailed the tactic yet. I think I need to come a little early. And to have the pizza made by Mark himself is just almost too good to be true. This is everything that I want in a pizza. It’s so good! The crust, it just keeps getting better! Normally I have something to say after the first bite, but I truly
don’t want it to end, so I’m gonna talk to you
after I finish this slice. It’s like the perfect pairing of flavors. It’s truly mind-blowing. I am astounded. – It’s not bad. – When you say it’s not
bad, that’s, like, truly the biggest understatement of the year. And to top it off, I sat down with Mark and ate the calzone. – I eat out a lot, and I look for ordinary dishes. Again, this is, pizza is ordinary to me. But who is doing it the best? I grew up with this. You gotta step out of
the box. I know everyone plays favoritism to the
pizzerias they grew up with, but you need to go out and
experience a bunch of pizzerias, and what’s amazing about his pie, what was amazing about his
pie, and put it all together and just try to take the
pizza to another level. – So that’s the secret
behind the pizza at Lucali. Mark, in my humble opinion,
has perfected the pizza, but he sometimes gets
a spark for a new idea. – This pie I just made is inspiring me to make a new pie. I came
up with a great idea. – You heard it here
first. Mark eats the first slice of pizza, and he’s like, “I got an idea, and now I know…” – You inspired it. – That means so much. – Do you like garlic? – I’m Korean. – Wait, garlic’s big in Korea? – Are you joking? – No, I don’t eat a lot of Korean food. I don’t know where to go. – OK, that I can share with you. – You gonna take me out for Korean? – Yes, I can do that. So I’m guessing that this
new idea is going to have something to do with garlic? – I may have to name the pie after you. All right my restaurant is
full. I need to get back to work. – I think part of the charm at Lucali is to wait in the line and
really build up the anticipation of trying this pizza and this calzone, and then once you taste it, you’re always gonna be wanting it.