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Legendary Italian food at La Manga Club

With its monochrome interior and its true Italian feel, The New Luigis Restaurant, serves up a whole lot more than just pizza and pasta, newly renovated and having opened its doors for the first time in its new guise on April fools day 2012, you would be the fool not to go. Luigis truly is La Dolce Vita. With Tuscan cuisine at its core, it epitomizes everything that all good Italian restaurants are about. Good times, good food and good company.

At La Manga, Luigi’s is a bit of a legend. The story goes that Luigi was a chef who arrived at La Manga way back in the early 70’s and fell head over heels in love with the resort. So much so, that he set up shop there. A mad sportsman, he provided his mama’s recipe pizzas by night and enjoyed the resort’s sports facilities by day. Whether or not this is true, remains to be seen, but the result of the birth of Luigi’s is without doubt legendary in itself.

Pizza originated, not surprisingly, hundreds of years ago in Italy although in its early days it was also commonly found in Greece and Egypt, where it was considered a peasant’s meal. Exported to Naples in the late 1800’s by a baker called Raffaele Esposito, pizza was brought to a whole new level. Serving up his “new” dish (pizza) in his restaurant called Pizzeria di Pietro to the Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita, he truly put pizza on the map. Since these royal beginnings, pizza has gone from strength to strength and now sits firmly on the global stage of fast food favourites.

Pasta on the other hand, has its roots firmly and pretty exclusively in Italy and has been exported on to a global stage by proud Italians over the years. That said, who invented it and where exactly, seem to have become a bit mixed up over time. Irrespective of this, with a flexibility and diversity only rivaled (almost) by the humble potato, pasta again is on most people’s lists when it comes to delicious comfort food.

There are few things like a really good, really crisp, really thin pizza after a day out under the warm summer sun. Alternatively, you might have a favourite pasta dish that you want to experience while under Luigi’s roof. Either way, you can be pretty sure if your preferred combination isn’t on the menu, the accommodating team will do their very best to knock it up for you. Okay, so you’re not actually in Italy, but your taste buds could well be confused into thinking you are. The key to the cuisine at Luigi’s is fresh, Mediterranean, flavoursome and fun. Open every night of the week from early evening until late, it’s well worth making sure your table at Luigi’s is reserved for some point during your break.

No matter whether you’re self-catering or staying in the hotel, a lovely Tuscan-influenced meal will add that special something to your stay. Irrespective of whether you’re grabbing a quick pizza, pasta and salad to share with a cheeky bottle of red or you’re looking for a fish or meat-influenced three or four courser, Luigi’s won’t disappoint.

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