How Brooklyn’s Lucia Pizza Continues a Family Legacy

Apr 10, 2024 1112

BY: Annie Harrigan

Salvatore Carlino, chef-owner of Brooklyn’s Lucia Pizza, did not have to look any further than his own upbringing when deciding what he wants his pizza joint to look like. Carlino’s parents were the owners of legendary pizza joint Papa Leone’s: “It’s kind of like having professional athletes for parents, then you decide that you wanna play that sport.”

Pulling from his childhood in Papa Leone’s, an iconic element of the legendary shop that Carlino brought over to Lucia pizza is its clam pie. “There was no figuring out that recipe,” Carlino explains. “It hit the pan the same way I saw my dad do it.” Every Friday, the Lucia team sources fresh clams from Avenue Fish Market.

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