Tony & Lucille's Little Italy

★★★☆☆

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We were led to Tony & Lucille's by hapanstance ans were grateful for their service, attitude, and atmosphere. Walking in on a Sat. night with no reservations we were welcomed with open arms. The waitress, the wner's daughter, couldn;t have been more accomodating and suggested the best Italian food we have ever had the pleasure of eating. My Italian husband grew up with a grandmother who grew it, prepared and served it all from scratch and says it was like eating wonderful memories. If you have a bad expereince, it is because you are in too much of a hurry and have no idea what good Itaiian food should taste like! We can't wait to go back! Thank you for such an enjoyable of good food!

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★★★★★

We were led to Tony & Lucille's by hapanstance ans were grateful for their service, attitude, and atmosphere. Walking in on a Sat. night with no reservations we were welcomed with open arms. The waitress, the wner's daughter, couldn;t have been more accomodating and suggested the best Italian food we have ever had the pleasure of eating. My Italian husband grew up with a grandmother who grew it, prepared and served it all from scratch and says it was like eating wonderful memories. If you have a bad expereince, it is because you are in too much of a hurry and have no idea what good Itaiian food should taste like! We can't wait to go back! Thank you for such an enjoyable of good food!

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I'm reading some of these reviews and its impossible to be unhappy at this restaurant, some of these reviews are so old and false. I have eatin in this restaurant many times and the food just gets better and better.Tony's sweet rolls no words to describe how good, lemoncello, Tony's lemoncello,Anne I love your service your special. Try the appetizer vongole,the osso bucco,gnocchi the best ever ! dessert the best cannoli you ever ate. Try my suggestions and you won't be sorry, forget about these other reviews they don't dine out much you can tell. This restaurant made Calzones popular, thats another dish to try I like just plain the original Calzone, oops!! ask for xtra sauce. WELL SEE YA I'M GOING THERE NOW ANNE I'M ON MY WAY. LOVE THIS RESTAURANT !!!!!

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★★★★★

I'm reading some of these reviews and its impossible to be unhappy at this restaurant, some of these reviews are so old and false. I have eatin in this restaurant many times and the food just gets better and better.Tony's sweet rolls no words to describe how good, lemoncello, Tony's lemoncello,Anne I love your service your special. Try the appetizer vongole,the osso bucco,gnocchi the best ever ! dessert the best cannoli you ever ate. Try my suggestions and you won't be sorry, forget about these other reviews they don't dine out much you can tell. This restaurant made Calzones popular, thats another dish to try I like just plain the original Calzone, oops!! ask for xtra sauce. WELL SEE YA I'M GOING THERE NOW ANNE I'M ON MY WAY. LOVE THIS RESTAURANT !!!!!

Pros: TONY YOU'RE BREAD IS* THERE ARE NO WORDS TO SAY HOW GOOD

Cons: NONE

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Decided to go back here after many years despite a few negative reviews and very glad we did. The service was impeccable, the food exceptional and the evening delightful. Somehow one of us got a very similar dish to another patron's. Hers was supposed to have shrimp and she did not find any so she asked about the missing shrimp and they returned with a plate twice the size with an extra side of shrimp as well as more bread and doting service. You felt like you were at your Grandmother's house with plenty of food, lots of attention and food cooked with care. Highly recommend Tony & Lucille's if you want a true dining experience.

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★★★★★

Decided to go back here after many years despite a few negative reviews and very glad we did. The service was impeccable, the food exceptional and the evening delightful. Somehow one of us got a very similar dish to another patron's. Hers was supposed to have shrimp and she did not find any so she asked about the missing shrimp and they returned with a plate twice the size with an extra side of shrimp as well as more bread and doting service. You felt like you were at your Grandmother's house with plenty of food, lots of attention and food cooked with care. Highly recommend Tony & Lucille's if you want a true dining experience.

Pros: Huge portions, real Italian food

Cons: Just some negative reviews out there

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We have eaten at Tony & Lucille's for many years and have always had great tasting meals. We travel from Norwalk.
We have brought many different friends and relatives to eat there and have always been extreemly satisfied with both the food and service.

Like someone else who has written, the people who did not like the food probably don't know much about Italian cuisine.

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★★★★★

We have eaten at Tony & Lucille's for many years and have always had great tasting meals. We travel from Norwalk.
We have brought many different friends and relatives to eat there and have always been extreemly satisfied with both the food and service.

Like someone else who has written, the people who did not like the food probably don't know much about Italian cuisine.

Pros: Great meals.

Cons: None

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I normally don't write reviews but it seems as of now there are six 1 stars and three 5 stars suggesting that people either love or hate this place. After a weekend of sampling food from Little Italy in NYC and Wooster Square I can tell you that Tony & Lucille's is one of the best (if not the best). If you are looking for a traditional Italian family owned restaurant with excellent food and great atmoshphere, look no further.

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★★★★★

I normally don't write reviews but it seems as of now there are six 1 stars and three 5 stars suggesting that people either love or hate this place. After a weekend of sampling food from Little Italy in NYC and Wooster Square I can tell you that Tony & Lucille's is one of the best (if not the best). If you are looking for a traditional Italian family owned restaurant with excellent food and great atmoshphere, look no further.

Pros: Traditional Italian food in a true Italian atmosphere

Cons: Parking in New Haven (is that ever easy?)

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I can top any negative review with this one. Went there as a walk in because Peppi's line was out the door as usual on a rainy night. Celebrating a birthday and brought our own THREE slices of our own neighborhood bakery's cake. The food was very good. Almost as good as Roseland in Derby. Hint, hint. The waitress who has to be one of the owner's daughters immediately told us that we 'Could not open that here'. She then lied to us and told us that is a state law that prevented us from opening the cake in their restaurant. We have since confirmed that is totally not true. The rest of the service was mediocre which wasn't that much of a surprise. The food was good but very overpriced. It appeared to be just another case of an established family restaurant in a can't fail neighborhood that has gotten lazy and overconfident. I should have stiffed the waitress for being so dishonest to us but I didn't. Will never go back. I'll stand in line in the rain at Peppi's anyday rather than give this place another dollar. I'm giving one star because I can't give a half a star!

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★☆☆☆☆

I can top any negative review with this one. Went there as a walk in because Peppi's line was out the door as usual on a rainy night. Celebrating a birthday and brought our own THREE slices of our own neighborhood bakery's cake. The food was very good. Almost as good as Roseland in Derby. Hint, hint. The waitress who has to be one of the owner's daughters immediately told us that we 'Could not open that here'. She then lied to us and told us that is a state law that prevented us from opening the cake in their restaurant. We have since confirmed that is totally not true. The rest of the service was mediocre which wasn't that much of a surprise. The food was good but very overpriced. It appeared to be just another case of an established family restaurant in a can't fail neighborhood that has gotten lazy and overconfident. I should have stiffed the waitress for being so dishonest to us but I didn't. Will never go back. I'll stand in line in the rain at Peppi's anyday rather than give this place another dollar. I'm giving one star because I can't give a half a star!

Pros: Food on 7/21/2009 Very Good

Cons: Waitress Was Obnoxious, Rude and Lied to Us

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A while ago we were looking for a quick sub and a reprieve from some stress. We saw the sign that advertised subs and pizza by the slice on the small restaurant adjoining the main full service Tony & Lucille's. It was an off hour and both restaurants were empty and Tony and his daughters were friendly and engaged us in conversation. We felt like members of the family and the food was so tasty.

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★★★★★

A while ago we were looking for a quick sub and a reprieve from some stress. We saw the sign that advertised subs and pizza by the slice on the small restaurant adjoining the main full service Tony & Lucille's. It was an off hour and both restaurants were empty and Tony and his daughters were friendly and engaged us in conversation. We felt like members of the family and the food was so tasty.

Pros: Fresh tasty subs, reasonable price

Cons: None

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My daughter and I arrived for lunch w/ three grandchildren in tow having rejected the idea of waiting in an apparently unending line @ Pepe's---just across Wooster Street. The family members who manage and staff Tony & Lucille's were most accommodating and friendly. The pizza was truly OUTSTANDING and I sample pizza throughout the USA and Europe as well.Prices were reasonable. Highly recommend!!!McDuck

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★★★★☆

My daughter and I arrived for lunch w/ three grandchildren in tow having rejected the idea of waiting in an apparently unending line @ Pepe's---just across Wooster Street. The family members who manage and staff Tony & Lucille's were most accommodating and friendly. The pizza was truly OUTSTANDING and I sample pizza throughout the USA and Europe as well.Prices were reasonable. Highly recommend!!!McDuck

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We have been going as a group of 8-12 people to T&L?s several times a year for several years to celebrate special occasions, such as anniversaries. We usually are seated at the corner round table, as we were on a recent past Friday, October 26th. All eight us had been there many times before and had grown accustomed to the fine cuisine, but that day, each and every one of us was greatly disappointed. The appetizers and salads were almost up to par, but the entrees were extremely disappointing. The portions were skimpy and those of us who had sauce found it to be greatly over-salted. To top it off, the coffee maker was ?out-of-order?, which in turn spoiled the desert for us. It left us all wondering, what happened? Did they change chefs? It?s the first time that I personally have left there hungry and the last . . . we won?t be back!

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★☆☆☆☆

We have been going as a group of 8-12 people to T&L?s several times a year for several years to celebrate special occasions, such as anniversaries. We usually are seated at the corner round table, as we were on a recent past Friday, October 26th. All eight us had been there many times before and had grown accustomed to the fine cuisine, but that day, each and every one of us was greatly disappointed. The appetizers and salads were almost up to par, but the entrees were extremely disappointing. The portions were skimpy and those of us who had sauce found it to be greatly over-salted. To top it off, the coffee maker was ?out-of-order?, which in turn spoiled the desert for us. It left us all wondering, what happened? Did they change chefs? It?s the first time that I personally have left there hungry and the last . . . we won?t be back!

Cons: Food disappointed

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Look:
These people giving T&L's bad review's are people who don't really know food. They are just a bunch of spoiled babies who are used to paying top dollar at sub-par restaurants, getting tremendous service, but being served inferior food, prepared by amatuers. Folks...if that's what you want - then go to the Olive Garden, or this new joke of a place called Panera's. Do not dine on Wooster street if you are looking for a waiter or waitress to kiss your butts. Quite frankly: they don't have to! This is a street full of people who are the Pavarotti's and DaVinci's of the food world. You are lucky to get a seat in their establishments! Boo hoo, you had to wait 90 minutes to get a seat....BE HAPPY THEY SEATED YOUR IGNORANT SELF!
I have been eating on Wooster Street since I was a kid. Growing up, I thought food of that quality was the norm. Later as I found that was not true, I began to appreciate more and more the care and love and KNOWLEDGE required to make food of that caliber. Have I been treated rudely from time to time? Yes. Did I deserve it? Probably. But that's hardly the point. Grow up, develop a skin, and be glad are lucky enough to be in an eatery of such excellence, otherwise ; go to Pasta Fair, or Bertucci's...or any one of the junk places you can name. You won't know the difference anyway.

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Look:
These people giving T&L's bad review's are people who don't really know food. They are just a bunch of spoiled babies who are used to paying top dollar at sub-par restaurants, getting tremendous service, but being served inferior food, prepared by amatuers. Folks...if that's what you want - then go to the Olive Garden, or this new joke of a place called Panera's. Do not dine on Wooster street if you are looking for a waiter or waitress to kiss your butts. Quite frankly: they don't have to! This is a street full of people who are the Pavarotti's and DaVinci's of the food world. You are lucky to get a seat in their establishments! Boo hoo, you had to wait 90 minutes to get a seat....BE HAPPY THEY SEATED YOUR IGNORANT SELF!
I have been eating on Wooster Street since I was a kid. Growing up, I thought food of that quality was the norm. Later as I found that was not true, I began to appreciate more and more the care and love and KNOWLEDGE required to make food of that caliber. Have I been treated rudely from time to time? Yes. Did I deserve it? Probably. But that's hardly the point. Grow up, develop a skin, and be glad are lucky enough to be in an eatery of such excellence, otherwise ; go to Pasta Fair, or Bertucci's...or any one of the junk places you can name. You won't know the difference anyway.

Pros: The food is high quality , well prepared italian cuisine.

Cons: Parking may be a problem, but when is it not?

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Extremely overpriced, very rude waitresses. My daughter and I waited one-and-a-half hours for our meal to arrive. Tables next to us, larger groups, who had arrived a good ten to fifteen minutes after us received their food before us. When our food finally arrived, the waitress stated that our order took so long because one of us had lobster ravioli. When my daughter pointed out that the table next to us, who had received their meal about fifteen minutes before us, had lobster ravioli, the waitress rudely lied to us and said it was not lobster ravioli when in fact it was. I have never not left a tip in my entire life until this experience. Do not go here unless you want to be treated rudely. The food is definitely not worth the price, the wait, or the treatment you will receive here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Extremely overpriced, very rude waitresses. My daughter and I waited one-and-a-half hours for our meal to arrive. Tables next to us, larger groups, who had arrived a good ten to fifteen minutes after us received their food before us. When our food finally arrived, the waitress stated that our order took so long because one of us had lobster ravioli. When my daughter pointed out that the table next to us, who had received their meal about fifteen minutes before us, had lobster ravioli, the waitress rudely lied to us and said it was not lobster ravioli when in fact it was. I have never not left a tip in my entire life until this experience. Do not go here unless you want to be treated rudely. The food is definitely not worth the price, the wait, or the treatment you will receive here.

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I agree with the other reviewer that everyone knows this place...it's directly across from Pepe's, how could you not know it??

However, I've never been thrilled with it. To me, it's overpriced for what it is. I feel like there's not atmosphere (the tables are very close and the lights are up ALL THE WAY), and the food was never that spectacular. To me, there's better Italian out there.

PROS: good location (it's wooster street come on!)
CONS:

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★★★☆☆

I agree with the other reviewer that everyone knows this place...it's directly across from Pepe's, how could you not know it??

However, I've never been thrilled with it. To me, it's overpriced for what it is. I feel like there's not atmosphere (the tables are very close and the lights are up ALL THE WAY), and the food was never that spectacular. To me, there's better Italian out there.

PROS: good location (it's wooster street come on!)
CONS:

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This is a very impressive resturant. Everyone usually dresses up nice when they go here.Its a big family owned resturant.We usually go here for holidays.The food is very very good. The price is normal.Everyone in New Haven know this place.

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★★★★★

This is a very impressive resturant. Everyone usually dresses up nice when they go here.Its a big family owned resturant.We usually go here for holidays.The food is very very good. The price is normal.Everyone in New Haven know this place.

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I visit Tony & Lucille's a few times a year. I have never had a bad meal and the service is great. Your made to feel at home there.
The Osso Bucco is out of this world. I would highly reccomend especially for out of town guest.

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★★★★★

I visit Tony & Lucille's a few times a year. I have never had a bad meal and the service is great. Your made to feel at home there.
The Osso Bucco is out of this world. I would highly reccomend especially for out of town guest.

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Waitress was not friendly, had to wait a long time for drinks and had to ask several times to get what we ordered!! I got the feeling that if you were regulars, you got the best service, which we witnessed as we were eating. Only left a 10% tip. Will not go there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Waitress was not friendly, had to wait a long time for drinks and had to ask several times to get what we ordered!! I got the feeling that if you were regulars, you got the best service, which we witnessed as we were eating. Only left a 10% tip. Will not go there again.

Pros: food

Cons: waitresses slow, wait was long, not friendly

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The worst service I have ever received!! The waitresses were insensitive, arrogant and did not care about repeat business. When we mentioned to them about repeat business, they said they have business for the next 50 years!! They treated all of us (20) very badly!! will never go there or will never recommend this to anyone!! also way to overpriced and they charge $16 per chair if you eat nothing or something!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

The worst service I have ever received!! The waitresses were insensitive, arrogant and did not care about repeat business. When we mentioned to them about repeat business, they said they have business for the next 50 years!! They treated all of us (20) very badly!! will never go there or will never recommend this to anyone!! also way to overpriced and they charge $16 per chair if you eat nothing or something!!!

Cons: , arrogant waitresses, mediocre food

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This was a disaster! We waited 10 minutes at the door before anyone even recognized we were there. Then another 20 minutes before drink orders were taken. Then (despite all the drinks/food we were ordering) we were told 2 of us could not order $9 salads as main meals and would be charged $16 each!! Plus, the servers were NOT friendly

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★☆☆☆☆

This was a disaster! We waited 10 minutes at the door before anyone even recognized we were there. Then another 20 minutes before drink orders were taken. Then (despite all the drinks/food we were ordering) we were told 2 of us could not order $9 salads as main meals and would be charged $16 each!! Plus, the servers were NOT friendly

Cons: , Too Expensive

 

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