Railtown—I'm definitely late to the party, but I finally got around to dining at the much buzzed about and award-winning Ask for Luigi ristorante. It already has a high reputation for a relatively new eatery with long lines and spectacular reviews. I snuck in for an early lunch to avoid the crowds.
Luigi's notoriety and reputation for delicious fresh made pasta reached a boiling point when it swept the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards earlier this year including wins for both Restaurant of the Year and Best New Restaurant.
To start off, the pork ciccioli (with shishito peppers and saffron aioli) was delightfully tasty and full of shredded pork goodness in a crisp fried package with a mild kick to it.
As for the pastas, the rigatoni and bolognese was quite tasty, creamy, and hearty in its meatiness. I really enjoyed its substantial flavour and easy fillingness. On the other hand, the fusilli nero and clams was also a winner with a light but delicious clam and tomato taste to it.
The spaghetti and pesto alla Genovese was a little more offbeat while still classical and still quite good with a sharp pesto flavour and texture.
For dessert, the classic panna cotta was very comforting and had a great vanilla bean flavour to it. It made for a nice cap to an overall pleasing meal.
Not much else can be said that hasn't already about Ask for Luigi. They continue to make deliciously fresh house-made pastas in all forms with relatively simple yet very welcoming ingredients of all kinds.
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