Depending on perspective, this is seen as the $55 pizza place, or where you can get the famed 18-inch pizzas from Brooklyn pizzeria Lucali.
Lucali BYGB is a collaboration between Mark Iacono of Lucali (also featured in Netflix’s Ugly Delicious) and Gibran Baydoun of BYGB Hospitality.
It is not called “the hottest restaurant in Singapore” for no reason, as seats are booked weeks ahead.
Remember to make prior reservations. You cannot just walk in like that and expect a table.
I waited for 3 weeks as I wanted a lunch-slot for daylight photos, and that left me with limited weekend choices. The restaurant is mainly opened during the nights from Wednesdays to Sundays.
Finding the restaurant itself can be slightly tricky, located on Level M of 66 Kampong Bugis (near Lavender) and above Club Kilo Charcoal Club. Drivers can park nearby at a public carpark, though the birds in the vicinity can be happy leaving their marks on your precious automobile.
Let’s talk about its vibes: it is cool and stylish, while managing to achieve that white minimalist look. It is amazing how it can be tuck-shop and industrial grey style, while channelling rather classy vibes.
Perhaps it is the servers’ white and black effortlessly-smart uniforms while wearing “Black Lives Matter” masks; or details such as the framed photo of Judge Judy in front of the kitchen with wood-fired brick oven.
The menu is concise, with salads, starters, pasta, pizza, calzone and desserts.
Do note that water is chargeable at $2 per pax, but at least it is Dordaq and free-flow.
Choices of pasta are limited to Cacio e Pepe, Spicy Rigatoni, and Lasagna, priced at $35 each.
I was recommended the tomato-based Spicy Rigatoni ($35), cooked with chilli oil and peppers, infused with vodka.
Even though it is priced considerably dearly, do not expect to find loaded with toppings of meat, but instead fresh basil leaves – which is widely used in this menu.
The pasta dish hits the good notes of being rich, saucy and had a reasonably spicy kick at the end that didn’t overpower.
Singaporeans may be spoilt by endless choices of the pizza shops around, but there is only one choice here – the original 18-inch Pizza ($55). This can feed 3 to 4 on the average.
Additional toppings such as pepperoni, anchovies, onions, sweet peppers, mushrooms and olives are at $5 each. And I would recommend adding at least one or two, or it could be too plain for some.
What I loved was its pizza base which had a good about of crisp and chewiness, not being too heavy (even though I cleared half the pizza myself).
While smoky, I found that several parts of the edges were overly burnt and affected the overall pizza experience.
If you love cheese, there is a trinity of buffalo mozzarella, low-moisture mozzarella, and shaved-nutty Grana Padano. Once again, the fresh basil is a star though I acknowledge not everyone would love it.
The chill vibes and over-sized pizzas make Lucali BYGB a great place to hang out with a small group of friends. Plus, not pretentious. I loved it.
Considering the taste of the pizzas alone, it was good but not out-of-this-world, and be glad that there are also worthy places around our small island.
66 Kampong Bugis, Level M, Singapore 338987
Tel: +65 8284 1325
Opening Hours: 5pm – 10pm (Wed – Fri), 11am – 2pm, 5pm – 10pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues