1132 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Walking into Famous Luigi’s is like stepping into the past – a red checker tablecloth kind of place that is reminiscent of thousands of local Italian eateries. Famous Luigi’s has been around since 1943, and that alone is reason enough to not change a thing. Especially in a town like DC where people come and go and mediocrity in the food scene is what typically rules.
Famous Luigi’s has a full restaurant menu – all the red sauce and pasta dishes you would expect. They are also known for their pizza. Prices here are good; $9 for a pie that feeds two is a bargain. The crust is buttery and light, deep dish that’s more like Chicago style rather than NY or Neapolitan. On top of that is a thick layer of cheese and a smooth sauce with a fresh tomato flavor.
All in all, this pizza falls into the “comfort food” category, but it is definitely not worth making a special trip for. Unless you love oily pizza, or you don’t want to wait for a table at Pizza Paradiso.