Italian Restaurant on Jones Road. The other is a pizzeria with two locations--Midtown and Bellaire. As you probably figured out, this is about the Luigi's Pizzeria in Bellaire.
The Bellaire Luigi's is situated on Bissonnet and Newcastle on the Southwest corner in a strip center that also includes a Shipley's Donuts. It's a fairly simple storefront and the interior reminds me of this small Italian Deli I used to go visit in Baton Rouge while growing up, right down to the red and white plastic plaid table coverings. You order at the counter. They have the usual assortment of Coca-Cola products and iced tea, as well as cappuccino and other espresso beverages. They don't sell beer or wine, but they are BYOB. They do have wine glasses that you just pay a corkage fee to use and you're all good. They also have gelato provided by Sun Belt Imports--produced by the son of the owner of the original Luigi's Midtown. Their menu features a decent variety of pasta, salads, Calazones and of course East Coast Style Thin Crust Pizza. The pizza comes in two sizes--12' and 16", and you can do a half and half if you're like me and have two picky kids who turn their noses up at some of the more adult pizza toppings like spinach, anchovies or spicy Italian sausage.
When it came time for dessert, there were several flavours of gelato to choose from. I tend to be a purist and go for the more traditional Italian American flavours, while my son goes for those like familiar ice cream flavours. My daughter likes some of each. We ended up getting 2 flavours for each kid, with the agreement for me to get a couple of spoonfuls of each flavour. Helena got one of my faves: Stracciatella and Cheesecake, while Jason got Nutella and Cookies and cream. All 4 flavours were smooth and creamy, as expected. The Cookies and Cream was like a smoother, lighter version of the Bluebell ice cream flavour, while the Nutella had that cocoa and hazelnut essence that many of us like quite well. The cheesecake basically tasted like vanilla gelato blended with dense New York Cheesecake. The Straciatella had a light Italian sweet cream essence occasionally broken by the flecks of dark chocolate within it. Nobody was complaining about the dessert at all and overall this was a fine lunch at a good local place. FYI: They do delivery in a limited area (Minimum of $20.00 order for delivery) and they do catering as well.
Report Card for Luigi's Pizzeria in Bellaire
Margherita Pizza: A
Supreme Pizza: A
Dining Area: A
Men's Room: A-
Atmosphere (Simple Italian Deli/Pizzeria): B+
Overall Grade: A-
It is my understanding that Luigi's Italian Restaurant on Jones Road is NOT affiliated with Luigi's in Bellaire/Midtown. That means I need to pay them a visit sometime soon as well.
Luigi's Bellaire is located at:
4505 Bissonet St.
Bellaire, TX 77401
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thu 11 AM to 9 PM
Fri-Sat 11 AM to 10 PM
Sun 12 PM to 8 PM
Eat Happy, Y'all!!!