Luciano Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Italian, Pizza
$$$$ ($15-$24)
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Editorial Review

If you don't know where in Tysons Corner Center to find Luciano's, you just might miss it. The tiny Italian eatery is tucked away in the second level's Lord & Taylor wing, between a Hair Cuttery and Beadazzled. Though it might look like the stepchild of a food court pizzeria, Luciano's actually is a homey restaurant that serves a variety of Italian dishes and provides a nice respite from the mega-chain restaurants that dominate Tysons I and II.

The interior brings to a mind an Italian villa -- the front of the restaurant features painted stone arches with faux vines trickling around the edges. The theme is repeated with a number of real plants hanging from Luciano's ceiling.

Though most diners tend to opt for sandwiches or pizza if they're taking a quick shopping break, the menu also includes calzones, plenty of pastas, and meat, seafood and vegetarian entrees.

Luciano's also has a take-out counter where mall-goers can grab a slice of pizza or ice cream and head back into the trenches.

Luciano's has two additional locations, in Oakton and Herndon.

-- Jen Chaney