Luigi’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

Luigi's Restaurant & Pizzeria stands as a testament to authentic Italian cooking and the unbreakable bonds of family, offering a taste of tradition with each hand-tossed pizza and mom-made dish.


Mark Stensland

11/8/20231 min read

"Luigi's Restaurant & Pizzeria: A Family Recipe for Authenticity and Heart"

Imagine a place where the warmth of the oven is only matched by the warmth of family ties—welcome to Luigi's Restaurant & Pizzeria. Luigi Napolitano, a craftsman of the crust, carries on a culinary tradition that started back in Italy and found its home in New Mexico's North Valley.

For Luigi, the journey of pizza-making began under the tutelage of his mother Tina, a beacon of Italian cooking. When Tina, who had since moved on from Venezia's Pizza, decided to partner with her son, Luigi's was born—not just a restaurant, but a rendezvous of family heritage and authentic Italian flavors.

The making of pizza here is a hands-on affair, literally. Luigi's prides itself on hand-tossed dough, a craft that Luigi insists on preserving. He confides to Emma Trevino about the pizza industry's drift towards mechanization, but at Luigi's, the human touch is irreplaceable. The stone-bottomed gas oven is their secret to a crust with a char reminiscent of the piazzas of Italy.

But it's not just about the pizza. The soul of Luigi's is Tina herself, the matriarch, the prep cook, the heart. The community's connection with her is the true essence of what makes Luigi's special. To step into Luigi's is to step into a family gathering, where Tina's presence is the gravitational pull that brings everyone together.

The ambiance of Luigi's is a rustic Italian embrace, ideal for families to come together over a meal that tastes of tradition. It's a spot where fresh baked bread, homemade garlic butter, and deep-fried pizzas are not just menu items, but chapters of a story that spans generations.

And when it comes to uniqueness, Luigi's kitchen sings with creativity. From veal piccata to pistachio cheesecake, and crab lasagna to chopped clams, each dish is a note in the symphony of flavors that Luigi's conducts with pride.

So, gather round at Luigi's, where every dish is served with a slice of history, and every visit feels like coming home to family.