Friday, July 2, 2010
Luciano's Italian Brick Oven - White Oak
White Oak, PA 15131
And we have a new addition to the Top 10!
Sharon called today (Happy Birthday, Sharon!) to tell us about a fantastic pizza that she tried - Luciano's, on Route 48 in White Oak. Since it was on the way back from our trip to the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival in Greensburg, we decided that there was no time like the present to try it ... and besides, we were starving.
Luciano's is a full service restaurant and has a take out pizza and six-pack area. Both are thriving - the parking lot was packed, even at an early hour on a weeknight.
It was easy to see why they are so popular - Luciano's pizza was everything Sharon said it would be and more. The handmade, hand tossed crust was chewy and tender, yet firm enough to hold the sauce without being soggy. The pureed style sauce was slightly spicy, deep red (full of healthy lycopene I bet!) and rich with oregano. We asked for extra sauce and easy on the cheese, and it was prepared exactly the way we like it. Luciano's offers 10 varieties of pizza: Traditional, White, Deep Dish, Pan, Chicago Style, Chicken Supreme, Vegetable, Stuffed Spinach, Gyro and Alfredo. We saw a white pizza being prepared, and I'd like to go back and try that next.
We also tried the cheese sticks and they were some of the best we've tried, with perfect seasoning in the breading, slightly melted but still firm, and not at all greasy or oily. I also ordered a tossed salad, and it had fresh ingredients and was accompanied by a nice balsamic vinaigrette. In addition, Luciano's has eight varieties of calzones, ten hoagies and two pizza breads - red or white.
If you opt for dinner, Luciano's has pasta, seafood, chicken and veal entrees. Sharon has had Chicken Piccata and Veal Parmesan and said both were excellent. They also have a full range of appetizers, soups, salad, sides and extras. I saw polenta listed under the appetizers - since I love polenta, it just gives me another reason to go back!