Lucciola, located down the street from Central Park, where the most fireflies can be found in the city; An homage to Bologna, its cuisine, its cinematic history…a city of dreams brought to life here in New York City.
The dishes, the atmosphere, and the overall concept of Lucciola, specifically takes inspiration from the film Festa di Laurea, directed by Pupi Avati. We portray Avati’s nostalgic and romantic mood of Bologna in our restaurant. From the decoration within the film we were struck by how simple lights, illuminating a courtyard reminded us of fireflies, which brought us to our name, Lucciola.
Our restaurant is dedicated to the lead actor in Avati’s film, Nik Novecento, who embodied the values of Bologna, from his passion, soul, courageousness, and kindness. Values that we at Lucciola value. Novecento died at a young age and to commemorate his memory we created a place in New York where he could have come and spent time with us. Just as you are now.