They liked the name "Tony & Luigi's," so that's what they named the place, located at 1201 South Church Street in G'town. Had a soft opening a few weeks ago. They've been packin' 'em in with overflow parking in an adjacent church parking lot. Ate there twice and enjoyed their take on "Silver Spoon" cuisine. Some high end plates, some casual, ranging from excellent caprese salad with true buffalo mozarella (beats Full Quiver's) to zuppas, prime meats and very reasonably priced thin crust pizzas and pasta. Portions are ample without approaching buffet trough size.
A homespun Macaroni Grill without the cutesy. They have the linens and wine goblets, and fairly well trained, but young (thank you Southwestern University) servers, but not a bit of pretension (unlike Mandola's execrable Dripping Springs outpost). The wine list is short, but offers some very serviceable house wines at about $4 a glass. The team backing the place consists of local boys, and even in this economy they seem to have hit upon the right formula of class, comfort, value, and, most important, good cooking. They blow the local I-talian Nonna's and Romeo's away. They are currently cooking at the level Vin Bistro should have been in order to survive.
Monument Cafe had better look back over its shoulder. Its been resting on its Roadfood reputation while it waits for its new digs. It's had a constant turnover in staff, mucho kitchen errors and just plain bad cooking, as well as a general decrepitude that has seeped into everything from its banquettes to its bathroom floors. The Sun City crowd isn't too discriminating, but the silverhairs have definitely made the move to "Tony & Luigi's," along with what seems to be a horde of local college romantics and happy families. chow, baby, ciao.
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