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“Go someplace else - very disappointing”

Al's Luigi's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #21 of 72 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $22
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Reviewed February 22, 2014

Terrible customer service. The wait staff was sloppy. One waitress was wearing a shirt that looked like it she pulled it out from under a mattress! Our waiter, AJ, was inattentive, our drinks were never refilled, he didn't know the menu, and he never returned after our meal was served until we were ready for our check...Nick the cashier couldn't care less and just wanted us to know it wasn't "his" fault. We asked where the manager was and he replied " in the back cooking". The food was average at best. My lemon piccata included a piece of unseasoned chicken with lemony soup over box noodles, the meatballs weren't any better than the frozen ones at Walmart however the marina sauce was flavorful. We definitely won't waste our money going there again!! A real disappointment.

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

We make a point to visit Luigi's when we travel thru the area. The picture of the establishment is deceptive - it's not a picture of Luigi's in Gainesville, but don't let that deter you - just know that when you pull in the parking lot it won't look anything like the picture you see on Trip Advisor. In fact, the location may look a little sketchy to you, but you shouldn't let that keep you from going in. The food is fresh and homemade, the complimentary rolls are delicious and they keep them coming. The waitress was extremely attentive and the chef comes by your table to make sure everything's good. I don't think there are many great restaurant options in Gainesville, but Luigi's is a definite winner!!

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3  Thank Ttoopel
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We winter in southern Texas and since our first meal at Luigi's we've tried to time our drive north and south to eat at Luigi's. I'm a former hotel food and beverage manager and have had lots of good Italian food and Luigi's is some of the best.
I don't know who put up that bogus picture but don't let it dissuade you from eating there.

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3  Thank WhiteFang01
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Half mile from Comfort Suites hotel (ask directions). Not much to look at from the outside but don't be fooled, the cook is the real deal and will personally take good care of you. CLOSED ON MONDAY

1  Thank TERRYP1949
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

We found Luigi's on Trip Advisor. The photo and reviews were great. So we decided to try the restaurant while traveling through northern Texas. However, after driving there and seeing the actual restaurant.....one small, low, old building with a broken asphalt parking lot and dumpster by the side, we quickly changed our minds. We never went inside, assuming that the reviews, like the photo, could be fake.

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