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About Luigi's Delicatessen

For as long as I can remember, it has always been a dream of mine to open my own little cafe. I was born in Naples, Italy, so food, wine, people and family were an everyday affair and it was always as I describe it like “the theatre of food”. Where each and every meal was made with love and everyone would come together to eat, talk, laugh and share the givings of the day. So it’s in my blood and I am so glad that it is.

Luigi’s to me, is an extension of my home and my customers are an extension of my family – I am honoured everytime somebody walks through our doors.

I believe in offering not just amazing food and coffee but first class service with a smile and genuinely caring our customers.

Enjoy and buon appetito!

Luigi.

About Mamma

In 2014 when Luigi’s first opened, Mamma insisted that she come to work with me at 5am most mornings to help with making meatballs, lasagna, parmiggiana, sauces, soups and more.

Standing out in the cold outside her home most mornings at 5am waiting for me to pick her up, Mamma was excited to get to work and cook her little heart out. Mamma loved our customers and they loved her.

Mamma wanted people to have a good time and enjoy the food.

Sadly she passed away on the 21st of January 2017.

I will always ensure that we carry on her legacy and keep making my beautiful little Mamma proud.

Rest In Peace Anna Di Costanzo, the most amazing lady I have ever known!

Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat

My regular haunt Having moved into the Adelaide CBD seven months ago, Luigi's has become my regular haunt. I visit almost daily for coffee, often with a serve of the tempting 'crostoli' (deep-fried pasta dough with icing sugar scattered on them), a delicacy I normally associate with 'Carnevale' in Rome where I lived for several years. I also pop in quite frequently for 'minestra del giorno' with bread freshly made on site, which I take home for my working lunch. The soups are simple and straight-forward and invariably taste delicious, my favourite being the cream of tomato which has a secret ingredient the chef won't reveal. My wife and I have frequently had meals at Luigi's - Sunday breakfast/brunch and dinners, and we have never been disappointed. We are happy to be guided by the staff - or Luigi himself - in our choice of food, and we have never been disappointed. The antipasto is almost certainly the 'piece de resistance' (what's that in Italian?), the over-flowing platter (to share) being voluminous and varied. We have attended two celebratory dinners in a large group, and have been amazed by the quality and quantity of the serves and the ability of the chef, Giovanni, and his team to deliver to every table at virtually the same time. 'Friday Night Live' is a recent innovation at Luigi's, with very pleasant (not too loud) music provided by various performers, including Kim who is also a local. Apart from the quality of the food and the sensible wine list, what stands out for me is the team of superb staff that Luigi has gathered round him and his sister Sonia who regularly oversees the smooth running of the cafe/restaurant. It is unfair to single out individual staff members, but I must commend Josh and Dominic, who are ever- attentive in their role as waiters and the highly professional barista behind the bar - "Call me Jewel", he laughingly advises because his actual name is almost unpronounceable. Along with other outstanding restaurants in the CBD, Luigi provided a much-valued home delivery service during the pandemic lockdown of restaurants. He continues to provide such a service, which is handy if you want to host a dinner party without admitting you did not actually cook the superb meal. To quote and translate Molly Meldrum "Fatevi un favore" and visit Luigi Delicatessen soon and often.
Vincenzo
Vincenzo
16/08/2020
Great restaurant with lovely interiors My son invited me for lunch last Thursday, and it was truly an amazing experience! Excellent service, lovely interiors and most of all the most delicious pasta that I’ve had in a very long time - truly of the highest culinary standards reminiscent of Italy. We were warmly greeted by Luigi and shown to a lovely table. The staff were very attentive, explained the menu items, all of which were delicious, that it made choosing all the more difficult 🙂 We chose our all time favourite spaghetti crab and also gnocchi with porcini mushrooms to share. Both these dishes were absolutely terrific! The crab pasta had truly incredible flavours, and the gnocchi was simply amazing - the softest ‘melt in the mouth’ texture ever, coated in a rich and creamy sauce. I will definitely be back for lunch this week
nnitchin
nnitchin
15/08/2020
Incredible pasta, vibe, and service Came here for dinner on Friday night. Ordered the mushroom gnocchi and the seafood risotto. Honestly some of the best pasta I have had in Adelaide. The gnocchi was so light and airy, the risotto was flavoursome and generous! Service from Dom was attentive and genuine. Great wines, great desserts and luigi is the best! Wonderful night out, will be back! Thanks again
Mishpuss
Mishpuss
14/08/2020
Best breakfast food in sa Just finished a breakfast platter have to say hands down the best breakfast food around after having a stressful morning Luigi delicatessen was just what was needed the staff are super friendly and accommodating 100% will eat here again
yandah X
yandah X
12/08/2020
Great Food Great Service Exceptional food, so fresh and delicious. Always a great atmosphere and service is excellent. We will keep coming back.
Peter R
Peter R
10/08/2020
So warm and welcoming! We have experienced consistent amazing service and food week after week! Best breakfast in Adelaide 🙂
Kerry R
Kerry R
10/08/2020
Loving It at Liugi Popped into Liugi for breakfast this morning. The breakfast platter ($A34 per person) was extraordinary. One of the best I have had. It was complemented by a breakfast cocktail ( yes, slightly indulgent) that was superb. I had the Hot Mama (Kailua, vodka warm milk and cinnamon). Anne had a fig themed affair. The platter contained plentiful amounts of high quality bacon, tasty pork sausage, fluffy poached eggs with a delightful hollandaise sauce, bocconcini, polenta, and potato slices. This was further complemented by homemade mashed peas, beetroot and avocado slices. The service was excellent and Luigi is very proud of his team in the kitchen and his wait staff. The open plan kitchen and schmick decor added to the marvellous culinary experience.
hyphen3121
hyphen3121
09/08/2020
Delicious, accommodating & attentive Our host Luigi and the waitstaff were attentive and gracious. We have some food challenges in our family. Chef Johnny presented us with a platter of gf battered Zucchini flower with mixed veg, a leafy salad and gluten free S&P squid. These were cooked to perfection and presented beautifully on a serving platter. We also shared a serving of light as air potato gnocchi, once again cooked to perfection in a beautiful creamy mushroom sauce. A dining experience all should have the opportunity to experience.
Blaire
Blaire
09/08/2020
The best gnocchi I have ever had Wonderful, friendly service and easily accommodated my dietary requirements of no onion and garlic. The gnocchi was, without doubt, the best I have ever had. Will be back again and again just for this dish...although I hear the spaghetti crab is amazing as well
r0nniebanks
r0nniebanks
08/08/2020

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