Friday, March 5, 2010
Luigi's Pizzeria & Ristorante - Bellevue, PA
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
Hats off to Chef Jim at Luigi's for making a great pizza pie!
We dropped off donations today at our favorite charity thrift shop - Family Heirlooms in Bellevue - and asked for suggestions for local pizzerias. After some discussion, we settled on Luigi's and were glad we did ... it was outstanding!
Luigi's has been in business for 34 years, and when you taste their pizza you can understand why. Luigi's pizza rocks with flavor! The hand tossed Neapolitan style crust had excellent flavor and was just right - a crisp, snappy exterior with the perfect amount of chewiness on the interior. The tomato sauce had a wonderful fresh tomato flavor, with just hints of garlic and spice - it was refreshing to find a sauce that wasn't heavily overloaded with the spices. What's even better was that the pizza was not at all greasy and there was no grease residue on the box.
We also tried the Provolone Sticks and they were also very good, with a coating that tasted fresh and not pre-packaged. They were accompanied by a generous take out cup of a very good marinara sauce.
The extensive menu includes quite a few menu items that you don't normally find in a pizzeria - like the Mussels a la Luigi listed in the Appetizers section. (Not to mention breaded cauliflower - you don't find that everywhere, either). One of the Sides offered is "Sunny Slaw", "A unique blend of slaw, sunflower seeds, and noodles in a tangy sauce." Also unique is the Spaghetti a la Luigi - which has a tomato sauce containing raisins, pine nuts and black olives. I was very interested in the Desserts - Cannoli, Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Apple Pie a la Mode, Pecan Ball, and Cinnamon Dippers with Ice Cream. Wow!!!
Hours are Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday noon to 10 p.m. We ordered our pizza and provolone sticks to go, but Luigi's does have a small restaurant area. It has a nice family atmosphere with old world style and plenty of room to move. The next time we're in the area we plan to sit down, relax and enjoy some of their other offerings.
And ... Luigi's is a new addition to our top Pittsburgh favorites!