By Amy Drohen
After four very successful years with his Lucky’s Puccias food trailer, owner Lucky Sibilla opened his brick-and-mortar Lucky’s Puccias & Pizzeria. The decor and cuisine thoughtfully pays tribute to his southern Italian roots. The cozy restaurant has an open kitchen giving customers a bird’s eye view of the delicious cuisine being cooked to perfection in the wood-fired oven. Lucky learned the craft of making his incredible tasting puccia bread in Southern Italy as a teen. What exactly is a puccia? It is a well-preserved traditional Italian recipe for baking wood-fired bread. The puccia is made of simple whole foods ingredients and was being made well before the times of modern day electricity. Lucky successfully honors the time-honored tradition of bread making by bringing his dense chewy puccias to central Texas. All of the breads are baked-to-order to ensure that guests are served the best quality puccia possible. Customer favorites include the Lucky’s puccia and the hot pastrami puccia. Lucky’s namesake puccia has rich prosciutto, creamy mozzarella, fresh arugula, Con’ Olio olive oil and a light chipotle aiolo. The decadent hot pastrami is served with 4 Italian cheeses, peppers, sliced mushrooms, red onion and complimented perfectly by the subtle hint of heat from the chipotle aiolo.
The restaurant showcases their custom made Renato wood-fired oven made right here in Texas. The addition of the specialty oven to the restaurant allows Lucky to expand his menu serving a broader range of Italian fare.
The dough used in the pizzas makes for a light, fluffy yet crunchy crust. The quality organic ingredients shines through and elevate the flavors of the pizza. The pizza offerings range from classic Italian to include a vibrant margherita and a zesty napoletana to the pleasantly unique Americana served with mozzarella, succulent pancetta topped with an egg and fries.
On the lighter side Lucky’s Puccias and Pizzeria also serves gorgeous salads and appetizers with grilled veggies, rich cheeses and savory meats. The rusitca salad is the perfect melange of mixed greens, peppers, mushrooms, creamy mozzarella and red onion tossed in a delightful vinaigrette and Con’ Olio olive oil. The delectable selection of cheeses and richly flavored meats on the di terra appetizer pair beautifully with their selection of Italian wines. In addition to appetizers and entrees the restaurant also serves a blissful selection of desserts.
When I asked Lucky what he was most excited about with the restaurant opening he sincerely replied “giving my customers the space that they deserve”. It is wonderful to see Lucky’s passion and hard work truly paying off as his dreams of opening his brick-and-mortar become a reality.
Photo Credit: Courtney Pierce
1611 W. 5th St. STE 175
Austin, TX 78703