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mourning San Luigi

choosieeats | Feb 28, 200806:11 PM

what a shame, how disheartening (and quite baffling), that a moderate, neighborhood spot with great food, yummy gelato and congenial atmosphere can't survive! (my faves were the homemade minestrone soup, pounded veal chop capricioso, scallops oreganato and sea bass/various preparations) This was our most favorite casual, spur-of-the-moment place around.

I just called up earlier this evening and got that dreaded beep, followed by the announcement that the number is not in service, no further information...uh oh. So I looked it up on menupages.com and, sure enough, it was closed, although interestingly, there was a positive review posted there by someone who ate there as recently as 2/22/2008.

So disappointing! Closed without warning, although I must admit that every time I was there, I marveled at the fact that it had survived as long as it did (about 2 years -?- after all was said & done). That location (333 Amsterdam Ave at 75th St or thereabouts) has been notorious for short lived restaurants ever since Gabrielas closed there a while ago.

I want to go out for convenient consistently really good food on the lower upper west side between 68 & 77th, nice atmosphere, without having to book a table weeks in advance (or stand on line half an hour where they don't take res), no special occasion, and without paying $100 to grab a bite for 2. San Luigi was just about the only place around that fit the bill, it will be sorely missed. So why why why can't a place like this survive???

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