When it comes to Italian food… fresh pasta makes all the difference. In fact, Ask for Luigi’s made from scratch pastas are to die for. For those of you who are unfamiliar with their brunch deal, if you show up before 10am for the first seating, you get complimentary banana bread! It’s just a mini size loaf but the gesture is much appreciated for early risers on the weekend 🙂 Recently, Ask for Luigi added new items on their brunch menu so it didn’t take much convincing for me to make the trip down to Railtown just off of the downtown core to meet Bob and Barb for an early brunch. You can read about my first visit here.
Each of us started off a cup of coffee. I believe all espresso drinks are priced at $3.
Banana Bread and Cinnamon Ricotta (complimentary) As promised, our complimentary fresh baked banana bread. They go around for $5 a loaf! A whip of the cinnamon ricotta is the perfect complement. We found that this time around, the banana bread wasn’t as good as our previous visit.
Frittata ($14) with zucchini, tomatoes, and bocconcini. Barb didn’t really have much to say other than the fact it was delicious and happily demolished it within minutes.
Italian Benny ($16) with porchetta, fonduta, and soft boiled eggs. Normally, my go-to brunch item is their Pappardelle alla Bolognese topped with fried egg but after having it for about three times in a row, I figured it was time to go outside my comfort zone for once and try something different. Just slightly different 😛 These egg bennys did not disappoint! Instead of using hollandaise sauce, fonduta was incorporated to accompany the runny poached eggs. Fonduta is an italian medium-fat cheese with a mild nutty flavour. When you mix it up with some heavy cream and parmesan the combination is amazing! The flavour of the porchetta was a touch on the salty side but nevertheless a solid choice for brunch. The salad was the perfect side dish to my heavy meal!
Fazzoletti ($16) with pesto and poached eggs. This is one of the few new items added onto their brunch menu and one of the reasons why Bob wanted to make the trip down here for brunch. Oh my goodness.. this pasta dish was so good! I think I just found my new favourite brunch pasta here. On the surface, pesto is a very simple sauce – but when quality ingredients are used at the perfect ratio and prepared professionally.. then it becomes more than just another pasta sauce of choice. Basil? Probably fresh picked. Olive oil? Buttery and mild. Pine nuts? Plenty. I hope it’s still going to be on their menu when I come back for more because it deserves to be on their brunch menu permanently!
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