Ask For Luigi took over the space from the old Two Chefs and a Table. We wanted to ask Luigi if the hidden camera was removed; but given the restaurant has undergone a full renovation, there is no reason to doubt. The quaint white building on the corner of Alexander and Gore hosts a casual and intimate Italian restaurant, specializing in fresh handmade pasta*. Gluten-Free option is available. Inside, wooden chairs and panels line the room with tons of natural light pouring in.
We arrived 5:45 pm for a rather early dinner. Having tried on multiple failed occasions to make reservations, we figure, an early seating would avoid some hassle. Plus, we can for a walk after to work off the carb focused meal.
Ask For Luigi has a concise menu, albeit excellent. A few antipasti and pasta dishes and classic dessert; Four beverage selections available on tap. Red wine, white wine, beer and Prosecco; and filtered still or sparkling water on tap.
To start we drooled over pictures online.
Beef Carpaccio 14: This plate of rare beef was magnificent. Thinly sliced beef that is not bloody. The salsa verde is perfect full of fresh herbs, capers, lemon, garlic and anchovy. And the sliced cheese added was perfecto.
Duck Ragu Pappardelle 19: What can I say. I love fresh pasta. I love fresh pasta that is cooked al dente. The duck meat sauce had a punch of subtle heat. I do wish there was a tad more sauce. Near the end my pasta was near dry.
Braised Lamb & Sunchoke Risotto 19: Lamb is my sexy meat next to duck. The finely shredded lamb meat was tender and was a nice company to the al dente risotto. I appreciate a nice creamy rice not cooked like baby food.
Panna Cotta 7: This cream and sugar gelatin with prunes should not be missed. I remembered our last prune cake from L’Abattoir was equally amazing. I liked how Ask For Luigi paired poached prunes and biscotti with their Panna Cotta. Since Panna Cotta is so rich and heavy, the acidity from prunes are perfect. And almond biscottis gives it a nice crunch to break the creaminess.
I must say, there must have been over 2000 calories and perhaps 10 sticks of butter ingested. But I do not regret it one bit. Not even if I have to run 10 miles a day for the next few days.
That is all.
*Fresh pasta is only available during dinner service.
Ask For Luigi
305 ALEXANDER ST
VANCOUVER, BC, V6A 1C4
604 428 2544