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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Last chance for some retail therapy
As you head off home from your stay at Spains premier resort, La Manga Club, if you are flying from Alicante airport remember you can indulge in your favourite sweet treat, churros and chocolate.
The newly expanded Alicante airport now has an excellent duty free area for some last minute retail therapy and plenty of places to eat some good food before you are left with no option but airline food..
No need to miss any of your TV favourites
La Manga Club properties have always had a good selection of TV channels supplied by the in house Club TV. You would always be able to find a selection of English speaking channels which would include BBC World, BBC Prime and of course some major sports channels..
Some Great Retail Therapy close to La Manga Club
La Manga Club has a selection of shops on site with several boutiques selling European fashion at reasonable prices, even better recently with the Euro making everything much better value. For a great day out and shopping trip off site, La Manga Club is just a short drive to Cartagena where you can find a branch of the famous El Corte Ingles department shop..
Discover Cuarenta y Tres
If you have ventured out of La Manga Club, heading towards Cartagena, you might wonder what is going on in the very brightly multi coloured building to be seen in the distance on your right.
It is the factory that produces Cuarenta y Tres, Licor 43 which is a Spanish liquor made from 43 ingredients produced exclusively in Cartagena ..
Large supermarket changes name
Those of you who regularly visit La Manga Club will no doubt at least once during your stay visited the large supermarket just off the slip road at Cabo de Palos.
Only a few minutes drive and you will find the large supermarket formerly known as Upper set back off of the road into Cabo de Palos..
Some famous faces returning to La Manga Club
It is not unusual to see a famous face on one of La Manga Clubs three golf courses or on one of the twenty eight tennis courts throughout the year. Some celebrities and well known sports stars own homes at La Manga Club and many just return and rent a beautiful holiday home..
Further tennis tournament just announced at La Manga Club
As undoubtedly Europes finest tennis centre, La Manga Club boasts 28 tennis courts of all types and top coaching programmes in their various academies held throughout the year. It comes as no surprise then that over many years La Manga Club has been home to many tennis tournaments attracting top players from all over Europe..
La Manga Club Spa
The very well established spa facilities at La Manga Club are most definitely second to none and the feeling that you are entering a place of tranquility and excellence hit you as soon as you walk in. Set up high into the Murcian hills the spa building has spectacular views right across La Manga Club..
Night life at La Manga Club
After a wonderful day lounging around the swimming pool and then enjoying a great meal in one of the fabulous restaurants at La Manga Club you can be sure that after the sun has set, at La Manga Club, a party atmosphere is guaranteed. With a selection of live bars, a discotheque all located within a short stroll from your La Manga Club villa or apartment..
La Manga Club: a golfing paradise
There are many, many reasons why people flock back to La Manga year after year and one of the main ones is the golf, with a choice between three stunning courses plus a pitch and putt, golfers could be forgiven for thinking they’d died and gone to golfing heaven when they touch down at La Manga Club. With a choice between the North Course, the South Course and the West Course, even during a two-week holiday you won’t tire of the challenges posed by these offerings..