This story, and/or opinion is something that I have been promising myself to compose for the better part of a year. The restaurant named Luigi’s, located at 750 So. Broad St. (on the corner of So. Broad St., and Veterans Ave.) is a well-established, yet quaint eatery that has been blessing our community with not good, but great Italian food since the early ’70s. It has withstood the many years of time-tested trials and tribulation, as this latest COVID challenge has wiped out many a once fine, similar establishments.
In my travels through the many big cities and small towns of America, I would look for landmarks that told me I was on the right track or that I was at least in familiar territory. I would often remember a trail where I was impressed by an eaterie’s cooking or the hospitality that they shared with their patrons. This restaurant I have in mind would be one that would be that type of “landmark” that stuck in the memory banks, and only good words of pleasant memories and full stomachs would be spoken.
The reasoning for the way I titled this piece, is that it carries a dual meaning. Not only are they mere minutes from our home, but the secondary emphasis will go to their quality of products and service. They make you feel at home when you are there, and the food placed before you is always piping hot, and in good measure. In other words, if you leave this place dissatisfied and still hungry, you can eat way more than me, and must leave many of the other eateries the same way! So the next time you have a hankering for a plate of Lasagna or Eggplant Parmesan, don’t say “Let’s do Italian.” The correct phrase should be, “Let’s go to Luigi’s,” because it is definitely “close to home” cooking!