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Luigi’s Looking to Redefine “Pizzeria”

Redesigned pizzeria seeking to bring city vibe to Long Island and Mineola.

Luigi’s Looking to Redefine “Pizzeria” Luigi’s Looking to Redefine “Pizzeria” Luigi’s Looking to Redefine “Pizzeria”

Flip Pizza .

The new pizza place in town is , in the same slot Flip once occupied, in the  shopping center on Jericho Turnpike.

The new pizzeria is owned by two sets of brothers: the Magri brothers – who owned Flip previously – and Nick and Chris Spanos of Spanos Hospitality Group, which owns numerous pizzerias throughout Long Island.

The new owners say that the idea of Luigi’s was to bring Manhattan to Mineola.

“It’s the quality of food you can get in Manhattan for pizzeria prices,” said Tyler Smith, general manager for Luigi’s, adding that everything is made in house, right down to the dressings.

The brothers also tried to bring the Manhattan atmosphere – a “cool, cozy vibe,” – to Luigi’s. The inside has small booths lining the sides with tables for bigger parties in the middle.

“We wanted a place where you can come in with family, friends or a date and anyone would be comfortable,” Smith said.

Renovations were quick on the pizzeria, taking just under two months to redesign the space and trading in the wood-fired pizza oven for a conventional model.

Charlie Keller, the executive chef, created a menu that was a hybrid of items you would typically see in a pizzeria, like a Grandma or Margherita slice, with foods customers would expect in more high-end restaurants like chicken marsala and braised pork. The most popular dishes are the “Boone” slice, which has chicken, bacon, cheddar, mozzarella with Thousand Island and the house meatballs or braised pork.

Luigi’s also offers a variety of services. While anyone can come in and sit down for a slice, they also do delivery and pickup services. And Smith says once the website is fully functional customers will be able to place orders online.

The business also offers catering services as well, where Chef Keller works with the customer to create a menu.

“We’re very accommodating with that,” said Smith. “You won’t hear the word ‘no’ in this store.”

From the atmosphere to the variety (they also offer gluten-free pizzas and pastas), Luigi’s is quickly making a new name for itself.

“Everything here is cool, friendly and fun,” Smith said. “Even the menu.”

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