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It’s the holiday season and with all the hustle and bustle you deserve a night off from cooking! If I can make a suggestion for one of my absolute favorite restaurants: Luigi’s! Luigi’s is one of Syracuse’s absolute gems and considering that they have been owned and operated by the family since 1954, it’s safe to say that I am not alone in this sentiment! Whether you are looking to dine in, take out, or even for catering, Luigi’s has you covered! Come check them out, where they have been since 1954, at 1524 Valley Drive in Syracuse. They are open for all of your dining needs including takeout and grubhub! Give them a call at 315-492-9997.

Luigi’s truly has something on the menu that everyone will absolutely love! Their wide variety of offerings include gluten free options and even vegetarian choices. When you go to Luigi’s (or pick it up or have it delivered) be sure to start with one of their many scrumptious appetizer options! All of their appetizers are perfect for sharing around the table, which is, in my opinion, one of the absolute best ways to start a great dinner conversation. Whether you start with a plate of clams casino, fried zucchini, or even a garlic pizza, Luigi’s appetizers are a perfect way to start any meal!

At Luigi’s you will always find an awesome selection of pasta dishes, including my favorites Cavatelli with Broccoli or Chicken Cacciatore with Mushrooms and Peppers. If you love authentic Italian pasta dishes you absolutely can’t go wrong with the house made Lasagna, three layers filled with meatballs or sausage, mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, and romano cheese with homemade sauce! Every bite is pure heaven in your mouth! I also highly recommend the Italian Combo Platter, with generous helpings of Baked Ziti, Manicotti, Lasagna, Stuffed Shells and Ravioli. This dish is basically all of the best parts of Italian cuisine all served on one dish! If you are looking for fantastic pizza and wings Luigi’s is definitely a great choice! If you are looking for something extra special be sure to order the Luigi’s Supreme, loaded up with all of your favorite toppings!

After making plans for a Thanksgiving menu Kyle and I were in no mood to cook so we packed up the family and headed out to Luigi’s on a chilly Sunday. Luigi’s is one of our favorite restaurants so we were excited to bring our son and daughter there for a fantastic meal! We were quickly seated in a booth with lots of space for car seats and booster seats and it was easy to make ourselves right at home. The hardest part about a meal at Luigi’s is always trying to make a selection of what to order because everything on the menu is just so darn tasty! We decided to start our meal with an order of the greens which are arguably the best in town! The sautéed greens, Luigi’s extra special recipe of their Italian Greens, are always perfectly tender with just enough spice and they pair perfectly with the fresh Italian bread! We also ordered the calamari, with a light golden breading and served with warm sauce and fresh lemon. Magnolia was a fan of the calamari with a fresh squeeze of lemon. Our fresh salads were served quickly and Kyle just raved about the homemade ranch dressing!

For an entrée I just had to have my favorite dish Chicken Parmigiana layered with eggplant and ricotta. This dish was a perfect combination of the three amazing ingredients, perfectly combined and topped with sauce and mozzarella, the side of shells with marinara made this dish exceptional. I am told that this particular entrée is a traditional family recipe. I can attest that it definitely is one of the best Italian dishes I have ever ordered and is absolutely one of my cravings! I really like the ricotta mixture because it reminds me of a dish my gram used to make. I was told that the “secret” to all of their dishes is that they only use the freshest ingredients, everything is made daily, and almost nothing is frozen. Kyle decided on the House Special which is linguini with clams, shrimp, and scallops served in white or red sauce. Kyle decided on the white sauce and he all but licked the bowl clean. I was able to sneak a bite of a super tender scallop and it was just scrumptious! We all had super full bellies and lots of leftovers to enjoy later! We were looking forward to an exceptionally great dinner and, as always, we were not disappointed!

There are some sure fire ways to tell if you are going to have a great meal at a restaurant. Here is what I look for: amazing food at great prices, time tested recipes, and awesome staff that care about every dish and every customer. I am here to tell you that Luigi’s Restaurant checks all three! At Luigi’s you can always expect only the best cuisines because they only use the highest quality ingredients in their dishes! For more information be sure to check out their website at www.luigisofsyracuse.com, call to place your take out order, or better yet, stop by today! Come taste for yourself why this hidden gem has been a favorite since 1954!

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.