Ask for Luigi … where’s Mario, Lakitu and Yoshi? Sunday brunch in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver

Sorry for the delay in posts! I have migrated to How exciting! I have a little website to share with you.

Ask for Luigi has been on my to-do food visit all of last year. I love Italian food … from pasta to dessert! Yes, yes, yes!

A good friend of mine wanted to enjoy a sunny Sunday with me! You know those friendships where you have endless conversations from silly to deep conversations. Aren’t those THE BEST? <3 Anyways,  I have been so busy lately that I am actually behind in my posts. Sorry! What better way to enjoy a sunny day by starting the day with Sunday brunch!

Since I have been busy getting the new website going, here’s the regular introduction for this place on the new site. Located at 305 Alexander Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Ask for Luigi is a casual, Italian and local rock star! It is a cozy, casual, local Italian place with excellent attention to detail in its food.

We arrived at 12:30pm on a lazy sunny day and got seated within five minutes, which was surprising. We were expecting over an hour wait from what reading what others said online.  When we entered, the place was packed and we were amused with the following sign below. I love it.

For you food conscious aka. sensitive foodies, the food has flavour and is not your typical heavy Italian meal. I love that they make their own pasta in-house and you can see the pasta magic happening.  I’m a firm believer that anything with an egg on top is best and Insta-worthy, especially for brunch!

We got the banana bread since we were told it was a weekend speciality and we obviously ordered it. It was sure delicious and came with a cinnamon whipped cream spread.

My friend got the Tagliatelle alla carbonara & poached egg. It was perfect and had the right amount of creaminess. And what did I get? I choose the Insta-worthy Pappardelle alla bolognese & fried egg. Not only it was Insta-worthy, it was a nice deconstructed lasagna. The ground beef and wavvy pasta noodle reminded me of lasagna. We definitely had some yolk-porn going on. I think I won with the fried egg. 🙂

As for dessert, you know we will have room for it. No excuses whatsoever with my team! The panna cotta is to-die-for. The presentation is so Insta-worthy and the quality of the ingredients is so there. It contains a vanilla-bean panna cotta with tiny almond biscotti and red-wine-poached prunes. AMAZING.

We really want to try the olive oil cake but decided to save that excitement for another day. 🙂

We were in a happy-jokey mood and even told the servers that they are jealous that we’re having the panna cotta. Service is excellent and atmosphere is casual with amazing food. When I asked about the number of seats it holds, our hostess counted the number of seats for us. And it seats 34. The sun was shining at our table and my friend kindly asked we can move our table and the server ended up putting the blinds down for us.  For those afraid of the area, just use your common sense. There is another fantastic place in the area, The Mackenzie Room. If you read more, you’ll see what I look for in food.

This place has over 100+ reviews on Zomato and Yelp, which is a rarity for Vancouver standards. Most reviews range in the 30-50 zone. I gotta say that Ask for Luigi is absolutely worth the hype. I can’t believe it took me a full year to appreciate this place. Ask for Luigi meets my food elements in terms on what I look for the ultimate dining experience. If you’re wondering, here’s what I look for:

  1. Insta-worthiness
  2. Quality (not quantity)
  3. Details in ingredients (and the quality)
  4. Creativity and uniqueness
  5. Reasonable price point
  6. Local

Other places that have met the food elements in the past are:

Until next time! I have way too many exciting things happening all at once! 🙂
Ask for Luigi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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