The first time I ever had ossobuco was at Luigino. Yum! I also had a wonderful, simple lunch of gnocchi there. And once when my wife was with me, she had an insalata di mare (shrimp, scallops, and squid with white beans, dressed in olive oil and lemon juice) that was so amazing that she still speaks of it to this very day.
So on a recent trip to
When I looked at the menu, I saw that they offered a weekly lunch special, three courses for $20.08. It sounded good to me, so that’s what I ordered.
To start, I had a choice of a salad, an antipasti (mussels in saffron sauce), or a half-order of pasta. I chose the pasta – mezzalune di carciofi. All the pasta at Luigino is house-made. The mezzalune are shaped as half moons. The pasta was delightfully tender. They were filled with pureed artichokes and topped with a veal reduction and a little cream. The flavors were delicately balanced and the sauce was not excessively rich.
The choices for the main course were a chicken breast, a plate with a sampling of three different pastas, or fish. I chose fish – coda di rospo al forno. It was baked monkfish topped with capers, fresh tomatoes, and drizzled with a little white wine and olive oil. Monkfish is a variety we don’t see too often in
Finally, the choices for dessert were sottobosco or bunet al cioccoloato. I don’t know what a bunet is, but I know that cioccolato has something to do with chocolate which is not my favorite. So I had the sottobosco. It turned out to be beautiful fresh berries served on a fluffy cloud of custard with just a hint of
What a great lunch, and what a fantastic value for what was served.