Luciano’s Great Pizza By the Slice

A mall food court find.

A great slice of pizza is as elusive as stress-free holiday shopping. Which is why the slice counter at Luciano, a red-sauce place at Tysons Corner, is such a find.

The flour-dusty crust has just the right heft and give, the sauce isn't too sweet, and the mozzarella, after a turn in the oven, doesn't dissolve into a goopy blanket glistening with oil.

Best to ask for a slice that has been languishing for a few minutes –that second date with the oven is crucial. The slice emerges with a crispier, sturdier crust–no steamy center to flop when you try to take a bite.

A satisfying, cheap munch to go ($2.73) while contemplating your shopping list and one problem solved. Here's another: Luciano sells gift certificates.

Luciano Restaurant & Pizzeria: Tysons Corner Center; 703-893-8488.

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