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Luigi's in DC?

Cheffrank Aug 21, 2006 10:41 AM


I am staying close to this venerable establishment that was recommended for inexpensive casual Italian. Is it worth a visit?


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    MikeR RE: Cheffrank Aug 21, 2006 11:20 AM

    If you're in the mood for venerable inexpensive casual Italian that tastes pretty good, sure. But don't try for anything exotic. It's pizza, pasta, and cianti, best enjoyed with a few friends.

    1. Meg RE: Cheffrank Aug 21, 2006 12:00 PM

      Stick with the pizza, i think it's pretty exceptional.

      1. monkeyrotica RE: Cheffrank Aug 21, 2006 12:41 PM

        Pizza very good. Also a few of their appetizers are pretty tasty. I recall the italian sandwich (ham, genoa salmi, mortadella, provolone) was very nice.

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          chickenlover RE: Cheffrank Aug 21, 2006 12:57 PM

          Manicotti and lasagna are good.

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            EricDC RE: Cheffrank Aug 21, 2006 05:39 PM

            Good cheap Italian, agreed.

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              TerriS RE: Cheffrank Aug 21, 2006 05:50 PM

              Love this place. I actually always get pasta, not pizza. They have a good meat ravioli that reminds me of what my folks used to get in New York.

              1. gina RE: Cheffrank Aug 21, 2006 07:59 PM

                I agree, the ravioli is very good. I'm not a huge fan of Luigi's pizza though--too much cheese for me.

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                  dhi RE: Cheffrank Aug 31, 2006 04:10 AM

                  For low priced casual Italian, Osteria Galieleo is the best in DC. Another good alternative in the same neighborhood as Luigi's is Tosca which has a pre-theatre/early dinner menu for around $30 for three courses. Have been to Luigi's a couple times and have yet to be impressed, or even very happy with the food.

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                    DC Gal RE: Cheffrank Aug 31, 2006 06:05 PM

                    also, try to sit in the atrium area. I think it gets very warm in the main dining room that is closer to the kitchen.

                    I'll agree - Luigi's is good for casual Italian. nothing lasts this long in DC without being pretty good.

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                      pgreen RE: Cheffrank Aug 31, 2006 07:07 PM

                      I recall my mother always touting the white pizza. Of course, she used to eat there during WWII, and "the old man," who lived in what used to be the apartment upstairs would hit on her (I imagine he was just being playful--my mother was quite thrilled by the attention).

                      I have always enjoyed my meals there, although it has been a while. And nobody has ever hit on me there.

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