who know me well would assure you that I once had an
ardent, almost psychotic, dislike of food which ended
in "a" or "i". I often remarked
that any country whose culinary product relies on a
surfeit of tomatoes and an overdose of garlic and oregano
has to be suspect.
I am converted. So let me extol the virtues of Luigi's,
at Kololi Beach, (pass Palma Rima Hotel, towards the
This is a real family restaurant which is part of the
Luigi's Holiday Apartments of Gambia. I appreciate that
kids of all ages, (like up to a hundred years old) know
and enjoy risotto, spaghetti, tagliatelle, pizza and
pasta etc, but I offer my impressions of this colourful
and attractive menu for your consideration.
• Good Food
The Garlic Bread, with or without cheese, is crispy
and not too overloaded with the pungent root.
Luigi’s "Special" Pizza with spicy beef and
prawns was a real delight. Luigi is rightly famous for
his Pizzas, anybody in this country who knows about
Pizza will tell you about Luigi’s Pizzas.
The Seafood and Mushroom baked in Cheese sauce is a
smooth and interesting invention, vegetarians may like
the Mozzarella Cheese fried in batter with Aubergines
in a Neapolitan sauce.
From the pasta menu try Matrican, bacon and onion with
a spicy sauce served with tagliatelle. Or try Risotto
Pesce, rice and fish with tomato, simple, but effective.
The finest taste in the place, to my mind, is the "House
Special", Chicken cooked in a spicy coating. Mindful
of my waistline I often remove batter and breadcrumbs
from such dishes. Joy of joys, the flavour was actually
infused in to the flesh of the chicken. Col. Saunders
The plain clean lines of classic Roman villa architecture
resemble a movie set from "Ben Hur". Sensuous
balustrades, bronzed caryatids, a Tuscan fountain, and
marble tiles. Plenty of space and marble topped bistro
tables which can be moved around to accommodate large
parties. Or take the stairs to the roof top balcony
with a sea view.
The waiters (obviously) are dressed in the red, white
and green of the Italian flag.
The wines are fine. The house red is a Merlot, well
kept and well presented.
At Luigi’s Italian food reaches a peak which many trattoria
would break their hearts to achieve. So do get down
this sepulchre of ambrosia and enjoy........or use the
Take-Away service which includes all the Pizzas and
most of the rest of the menu.
And do not forget the milk shakes and there are some
of the most glorious ice-creams in The Gambia."
Food writer: Harmattan
a taxi to the Palma Rima Junction and turn on the road
that leads towards the beach and you will find the diner
around 80 metres on your left side.
Strictly Italian food.