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Lucio's Pizzeria

231 Beyers Naude Drive
Blackheath, Northcliff

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18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday - Sunday:
12:00 - Late
R 130.00

Take Out Secure Parking Outside Seating Smoking Section Functions Wi-Fi Outside Catering Load Shedding Main: Italian
Other: Grills, Pizzas, Pastas

Picture Lucio's Pizzeria in Blackheath, Northcliff/Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Legendary Northcliff Italian restaurant, Lucio's Pizzeria, will be 28 years old in October this year, making it one of the oldest restaurants in Johannesburg that has been owned by one and the same family. Lucio’s Pizzeria, a family-owned restaurant since 1987 has, since their humble beginning, started with just seven tables, grown into an award winning 180 seater restaurant.

Over the years, this bustling Italian restaurant has perfected the art of a truly homely Italian eatery. The restaurant's appeal lies in its uncomplicated approach: simply excellent food served in sync with a wholesome family atmosphere and friendly environment.

It all started with the dream of Claudio Merlo. In 1987, Claudio took the plunge and bought Lucios, at the time, a seven table pizzeria in Blackheath, Northcliff. Over the course of more than 20 years, Claudio grew the pizzeria into the thriving, landmark 180 seater restaurant it is today, pouring his passion, joy and love of food and people into making a restaurant customers would drive across town to dine at.

His larger-than-life Italian spirit was reflected in the food, family, the joy of running a family-focused pizzeria and the friendships he made. His diners weren't just customers, they were part of La Famiglia, a tradition that his wife Bimba, has continued since she took over the running of the restaurant after Claudio's tragic, unexpected passing in early January of 2009.
Picture Lucio's Pizzeria in Blackheath, Northcliff/Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Bimba, together with Michelle, one of her five sisters, and Corrado who worked at Lucios for 8 years, 15 years ago, with the late Claudio, are now running the restaurant. Armando, her younger son, spends time in the restaurant on certain days to interact with customers, many of who saw him as a baby and have watched him grow up and work at Lucios during school holidays. With his father's legendary charm, customers always enjoy chatting to him. Sadly and sorely missed, is Bimba's eldest son and brother to Armando, the late Giuliano, who passed away in October 2010. Julz was also part of the pizzeria and customers also saw him grow up while he worked at the pizzeria during school holidays.

Bimba has a steady hand on the wheel and the testament to her love and care are the loyal diners who return again and again to sample the menu, safe in the knowledge that consistency and a dedication to excellence is at the very heart of what's on offer.

Lucios is an extended family, comprising of management and waitrons who are related, as well as kitchen staff, some of whom have been part of this legacy since their opening. The setting, the festive atmosphere, the wonderful and unique eclectic décor encourages relaxed conversation and enjoyment of food and wine. Almost every special memory experienced at Lucios is woven into the Lucio's Pizzeria tapestry. Anything that remains consistent over a long period of time is something out of the ordinary and Lucios has proven to stand the test of time and has consistently set the bar when it comes to an authentic Italian experience.
Picture Lucio's Pizzeria in Blackheath, Northcliff/Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa While Lucios is famous for its mouth-watering range of pizzas and pastas, the extensive menu also offers a variety of antipasti, salads, pasta dishes including a range of baked pasta Al Forno and, of course, La Carne – the carnivore's choice. The wine collection also boasts top South African wines, which can be paired with their signature dishes.

Lucio's Pizzeria is famed not only for its great food, but for its friendly, warm, family environment. It is a unique family-owned restaurant and is not a formula restaurant.

“We have experienced our most special moments at Lucios. Lucios is not a restaurant to us, it's a place where we visit our friends, and get fed at the same time – our home away from home,” says one of Lucio's lifetime customers.

Come and relax, escape the city rush for a few hours and discover the true taste and warm hospitality of Italy, right here at Lucio’s Pizzeria - "your home away from home".


Map Lucio's Pizzeria in Blackheath, Northcliff/Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Head southwest on the N1 Western Bypass and take the M5/Beyers Naude Drive exit towards Honeydew/Northcliff. Turn left onto Beyers Naudé Drive (M5). Lucio's Pizzeria is on the right between Lewisham Road and Mountainview Avenue.

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