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UWS - old mamagoos, gabrielas....

harrison Jul 27, 2006 04:45 PM

i noticed they finally have a new awning up here and it's going to be italian - san luigi or something like that. anyone know if it's still controlled by the old artie cutler group?

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    tslevine RE: harrison Jul 27, 2006 04:49 PM

    Nope, neither was mamagoos. It is the same people as Cesca, next door.

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      harrison RE: harrison Jul 27, 2006 04:54 PM

      i thought mamagoos (speaking of miserable chinese food) was ollies + some others. whoever is behind it, i'll cross my fingers it's decent.

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        tslevine RE: harrison Jul 27, 2006 05:16 PM

        right, you are right, it's ollies and others, and they opened Ouest and Cesca. Ollies used to be part of the cutler group but no more

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        Rafie RE: harrison Aug 9, 2006 07:55 AM

        Anyone know why they kept opening and closing restaurants?

        I'm convinced something shady is going on. I mean, they close Gabriella's to "renovate," then MamaGoo's comes in with long renovations just to close soon (and they were popuar + bisy! and I was excited to have a decent Chinese option on the UWS!)...and now, this San Luigi's. The combo "gelateria-bar-ristorante-raw bar." Their words, not mine.

        Anyone know the story?

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          tslevine RE: Rafie Aug 14, 2006 04:36 PM

          You say "they" but Gabrielas was a separate group. Gabriela's reopened on Columbus in the 90s. Mamagoos is the group that owns Cesca, and now San Luigis, which is, by the way, a Carmine's knock off of sorts.

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          Fallon RE: harrison Aug 9, 2006 05:08 PM

          I actually walked into the new restaurant last night-it is called San Luigi's I believe. The prices are pretty reasonable (cheap even) if the food is any good. We looked at the menu briefly & were thinking of getting a drink at the bar but the bar area wasn't too appealing. Ended up grabbing a drink at Citrus & eating dinner w/another couple at Bettola (which has excellent thin crust pizza btw) & very reasonably priced bottles of vino-we had a 2003 Chianti for $38 & most of the other bottles listed are even less.
          If someone actually eats at San Luigi please post a review...

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            kristah42 RE: harrison Aug 14, 2006 04:45 PM

            I ate at San Luigi Sunday night with a couple friends. For a traditional red-sauce Italian dinner, it's a great addition to the neighborhood. Efficient, polite service (maybe a little slow between courses but they've been open less than a week); casual family atmosphere; friendly bartender; manager who pitched in clearing dishes and asked if everything was okay. Our appetizers were excellent and arrived quickly (grilled artichokes with plenty of onions and garlic, and a tomato/gorgonzola/red onion salad). We ordered Italian staples (baked ziti and linguini with bolognese) as entrees and they were very tasty -- hearty, large portions with plenty for a doggy bag home. Reasonable prices too. For dessert, gelato seems to be the natural choice and our favorite flavor was pistachio. The freezer could be turned down a bit, as the gelato was a bit more hard frozen than it should be.

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