Restaurant review

Luigi’s pizza hard to top


If you go

Place: Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza

Address: 1415 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Rating: Very Good

Contact: 954-522-8888,

Cost: Inexpensive-moderate

Hours: Lunch and dinner daily

FYI: Beer and wine. Reservations not accepted. Small lot plus city parking lot.


If you can’t make it to Italy this summer, you can find a little bit of Naples in a 50-seat corner restaurant in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

At Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza, chef Luigi DiMeo kneads the dough and cooks the sauce, following many of the rules created by the official Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana. His crust is crisp and just a little chewy. It’s thin, but not too thin. Ask for it well-done, and it arrives with the blackened edges that I adore.

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