We dropped in for brunch as B’s friends had told her good things about Ask for Luigi’s brunch menu.
We came on a late Sunday afternoon (around 1:45pm) and the place was still busy. People kept on coming in up until they official closed their doors. Yeesh.
The inside is cozy and intimate with a pretty laid back ambiance/feel to AFL.
Interesting policies posted up.
The menu is short with only 8 brunch options, a couple sides and desserts. Substitutions are “politely declined”.
Drink menu is almost as short with cocktails, coffee and their house selection (beer, prosecco, white and red) on tap.
Frittata with potatoes & smoked sablefish ($17.00)
I have yet to find a brunch frittata that I love and that trend unfortunately continues. The frittata had more potato than sablefish and the sablefish was sporadic. The sablefish was also really, really salty.
The salad was surprisingly good but they placed it on top of the frittata, which resulted in a hot salad. I couldn’t imagine eating a whole dish myself.
Sagne, mushroom trifolati & poached egg ($17.00)
This was one of their vegetarian dishes. We were intrigued by the sagne, a rhomboid flat style pasta. I will give them props for making their own pasta from scratch; peek into the open kitchen and you’ll see them making it fresh.
The pasta had a good bite but it wasn’t perfectly al dente. We also wanted more mushrooms, another poached egg (one wasn’t yolky enough to cover all the pasta) and more sauce.
Seriously, make sure you get this! It was slightly warmed, sweet, buttery, heavenly goodness. We should have got another to go.
Come for the desserts? Apparently, the olive oil is also very popular. I can’t say I was really blown away by our meal and there’s no way I’d wait in line here (no reservations). Smaller portions, pricey but expect that before coming in.
Ask for Luigi
305 Alexander Street