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A rushed, not so great dinner at Luigi's

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A rushed, not so great dinner at Luigi's

foodiejudy | Mar 31, 2005 05:44 PM

A friend of mine and I went to dinner on a Tuesday night this week at Luigi's Italian restaurant on 19th Street downtown and, if we had known that all the Spring break families were going to be eating there, we wouldn't have gone. The reason I say this is that the restaurant was unusually crowded for a weekday and the staff seemed overwhelmed. First of all, it took forever to get a waiter's attention. Then, he wanted to know what we wanted for dinner right away, before we even had had a chance to look at the menu. So, I glanced at the two specials and ordered the grilled rockfish filet. I was given the wrong order, a mediocre, overcooked fettucine with chopped tomatoes and mushrooms. So blah I had to pour on the parmesan cheese, salt and red pepper flakes. The wines we ordered were pretty awful, too, and it didn't help that, like so many (especially lower scale) restaurants, they filled the (wrong kind of) glasses so full that you couldn't get a good bouquet. I do not recommend the pinot grigio or the chardonnay at all. Both very sour and astringent. Dry isn't even the right word. The dessert I ordered, a tiramisu, was also mediocre. It had no espresso flavor I could discern and tasted like it could have been purchased at Safeway (some Safeway cakes have actually tasted better!). And, all the time we felt rushed by the servers. We felt so sorry for the families with small children who waited an interminable amount of time for their food. Luigi's does have a nice, convivial, not too noisy or too quiet atmosphere and good pizza but that's about it and I hesitate to go back there again.

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