Friday, June 8, 2007

Famous Luigi's in Dupont

I dined at Luigi's in Dupont earlier this week as part of a work-related retreat. It was a pleasant evening out so the patios of nearby Mezza Luna and Science Club, both of which offer outdoor seating, were quite crowded. We were upstairs at Luigi's which was thus not too packed and quite nice actually. The red and white checkered tablecloths, wood-paneled walls and old-time prints and other artwork create a relaxed and pleasant ambiance. I enjoyed Pinot Grigio while I waited for the rest of the group, and decided to order the Mussels, which were large and well-cooked and served in a delicious garlicky and herbaceous tomato sauce. I also had a small bite of the Eggplant Parmesan, which was quite cheesy and featured the same tomato sauce that was served with the mussels. For my main I chose the Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken. Luckily I ordered the dressing on the size as it came in what appeared to be a not-so-shallow soup bowl and was completely full. There was plenty of Parmesan cheese, the lettuce was crisp and the chicken was thinly sliced and tender. Others enjoyed the various varieties of pasta as well as pizza and soup. The White Bean Soup looked especially delicious, and pizza is always a standby at Luigi's. The crust is thin and the sauce is pungent with ripe tomato flavor, garlic and oregano. Luigi's is also an especially good place for large groups, in particular the upstairs area. A pleasant and certainly also filling evening seemed to be had by all.

Famous Luigi's
1132 19th Street in NW DC

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