The dishes, the atmosphere, and the overall concept of LUCCIOLA specifically takes inspiration from the film “Festa di Laurea,” directed by Pupi Avati. The restaurant reflects the nostalgic and romantic mood of Bologna that Avati depicted, especially his famous courtyard scene where the simple illumination was reminiscent of fireflies. LUCCIOLA is located down the street from Central Park, where the most fireflies can be found in the city.
LUCCIOLA is dedicated to the actor in Avati’s film, Nik Novecento, who embodied the values of Bologna, from his passion, soul, courageousness, and kindness. Novecento died at a young age and to commemorate his memory they have created a place in New York where he could have come and spent time.