Bites Nearby: Luciano's Italian Brick Oven Opens in Adams Township

The family-owned restaurant chain featuring authentic Italian food opened Monday in the Cranberry Township area.

Each week, Cranberry Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out. This week, we ventured to the newly opened Luciano’s Italian Brick Oven in Adam’s Township. Mangia!


Overview:When owner Dan Pasquarelli says his restaurant has authentic Italian food, he isn’t kidding. Born in the Abruzzi region of Italy, Pasquarelli came to America with his family when he was 6 months old. All of the mouthwatering pasta, lasagna and other assorted dishes featured at the 8,600 square-foot restaurant and banquet facility are recipes handed down from his ancestors. Each item on the menu is made from scratch, and Pasquarelli takes pride in using only the finest ingredients. After opening his original Luciano’s in White Oak – where it is a local favorite – more than 35 years ago, Pasquarelli and his family today operate Luciano’s restaurants in Bethel Park, Penn Township, McCandless Township, Squirrel Hill and, now, Adam’s Township.  

“This is a phenomenal area,” Pasquarelli said. “There is lots of growth out here.”

Decor:A sprawling brick building with a stone entrance, the black-and-white and sepia-toned family portraits that dot the walls give Luciano’s a homey vibe. Bronzed tin ceilings featuring decorative scrolls compliment a warm, well-lit interior, but the piece de resistance is the expansive dark-wood bar that rolls across the front of the building. With six 60-inch flat-screen televisions, there’s not a bad seat in the house. The hilltop restaurant also has outdoor seating for dining in warmer weather,  complimented by a nice view of the Adams Township’s business district. Bellisima!

The Drinks: The classic bar, with is decorative concrete countertops and mirrored backdrops, is the perfect place to enjoy Luciano’s wide selection of wines and beers.

Appetizers: The menu features classic Italian appetizers, such as stuffed hot peppers ($7.60) oozing with melted cheese and homemade marinara sauce and plates of plentiful fried zucchini ($7.85). Other small-size delights include fried asparagus ($7.85) and a bruschetta ($6.90) topped with olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, mozzarella and grated Romano. With each meal, patrons are treated to homemade bread accompanied by a side of spices coated in olive oil for your dipping pleasure.

Entrees: If you like spicy, be sure to try the Pasta Diavolo, a creamy mixture of alfredo, marinara and meatball sauces kicked up a notch with banana peppers and chunky slices of sausage. The dish also comes with chicken or shrimp. The homemade lasagna ($14.95 for the dinner portion) is divine, as is the restaurant’s signature Pasta Luciano’s ($13.95 for the dinner portion), a penne dish tossed in just the right blend of alfredo and marinara sauces. The 8-oz. jumbo lump crab cakes ($21.95) topped with a sweet pepper sauce fall apart at the touch of a fork, but the restaurant is perhaps best known for its hand-tossed pizzas. Available at the restaurant or for delivery, some of the standouts include the Buffalo Chicken Pizza, the Stuffed Spinach Pizza, and the Hawaiian Pizza. If you like your pizza unique, Luciano’s offers a variety of toppers such a shrimp, feta cheese, and Canadian bacon. Prices range from $7.90 for a small traditional pizza to $20.95 for an extra-large specialty pizza with all the fixings.   

Sides:Indulge in a side dish of spaghetti ($5.70), homemade gnocchi ($6.10) or the famous Pasta Luciano’s ($6.35). Add-ons include meatballs ($3 for two), hot sausage ($2.35) and freshly minced garlic ($0.65). 

Desserts:Take a diet break with a delizioso slice of cheesecake covered in fresh strawberries, a chocolate mouse torte or a decadent tiramisu.

Service:Be sure to stop and say hello to the welcoming Pasquarelli family members, who always are bustling around the restaurant or the kitchen. With the owners taking special care to train the serving staff, expect your meals pronto.

Signature Dish: Pasta Luciano or a specialty Lucci Pizza.

Luciano’s Italian Brick Oven

Address: 161 Scharberry Lane, Mars

Chef: Pasquarelli family

Cost: $$

Jim Huck May 18, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Visited Luciano's Tuesday night (May 17th), great experience overall. Our party of 6 was greeted immediately and offered a table in the dining room or bar area. We were seated in the main dining room I think....there was another one I noticed when coming in but it looked closed. Our server was pleasant, well informed and made several suggestions for dinner and wine. Our food arrived hot, and in a reasonable amount of time. Our table shared appetizers and a large pizza, which were both great. I had the chicken piccata and it was by far the best I have yet to come across. The only complaint I have is the bread at the table ran out and we had to ask twice to have it refilled. A manager names Melissa stopped by our table several times and asked about our dining experience as well as how we found the place. We are locals to Mars and are very pleased to have a family owned rest. instead of another chain of corporate food. The manager thanked us for coming in and offered a flyer with coupons and information at the end of our meal. She seemed to help out all the other waitresses and keep things flowing. My wife suggested that they put in a partition in the middle of the dining room, to break up the space and Melissa said she would carry the request to the owners. Overall a great night, great food, great service! Thanks Luciano's!!!
Scharberry Resident May 27, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Go ahead and flag it, it will be reposted....immediately. Better for everyone to have it fresh in mind.
Jessica Sinichak May 27, 2011 at 04:09 AM
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Scharberry Resident May 27, 2011 at 04:13 AM
No management in sight, rude waitress and the food came out wrong. Salads came before the appetizers and the food came right after the salads. The bartender was mad at something and it showed. I have been there several times and he is not nice to deal with.... One of the other bartenders is an older lady and wears the most inappropriate clothing - very low cut shirts showing way too much old saggy cleavage. The food was ok, but with all the other strikes against them, I'll find somewhere else to eat.
Incranberry May 27, 2011 at 03:11 PM
We were there this past Wednesday for the second time. Our opinion is still the same as the first time we went there. This place is utter chaos. It was so noisy (mostly to do with the crushing volume of ill-behaved and loud children-if you are looking for a quiet dining experience this isn't it) and unorganized, we hesitated to even be seated. Our table was still dirty and the floor and seats had crumbs and debris all over them. The waitress had zero personality and we almost felt like we were imposing on her by ordering our food. We had to ask for refills on our drinks twice. The menu is nothing special, it is missing a lot of variety. Their pasta's are the same old tired thing. NO ANGEL HAIR??? NO CALAMARI??? COLD CUTS ON THE ANTIPASTA??? The appetizers are dull and almost all are deep fried. My house salad was very small and appeared old and frozen. At $4.75 for a salad, I felt ripped off. I asked for bread and was charged for it! The italian dressing was right out of the bottle - we asked if they made any of thier dressing, they do not. My food was lukewarm when it arrived. We will not be back. Too bland, too expensive, too unorganised.


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