Luigi’s Pizza Fresca
529 Old Marlton Pike
Number of Visits: Two
On the busy Old Marlton Pike, in the Pantry 1 strip mall you will find Luigi’s Pizza Fresca. Your reviewer and his companion very much enjoyed our two visits here. The overall decor is casual and “light filled”. It is a “notch above” typical pizza establishments that also serve Italian food. Upon entering you will see that there is a two-tiered glass case that displays the numerous pizza offerings, and a long diagonal granite top table for solo or mini-groups. The young staff are most cordial and responsive. Banquette and table seating is also available.
On the first visit your reviewer ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese at $7.60. It was brought to the table on a “real” dish and most tasty. You could see bits of carrots and green pepper in the ample, meaty ragu. The pasta was al dente. Serving size, though for one, easily could have fed two. There was enough for your reviewer to bring home for lunch. My companion had a cheese steak with Bacon at $6.50 that was described as ” “excellent”. A la carte french fries, at $2.50, were also very good and most of all not greasy! Beverages were two diet sodas. The menu was pretty broad and included pizza by the slice for $1.80, gourmet slice for $2.40, and a stuffed slice for $3.20. Calzones and a “create your own” pizza are also offered.
There are 20 Pizza Fresca “specialty pizzas” ranging from a “Margherita” at $13.70 to a “Fresca Works” at $15.70. If you are in the mood for a Hot Sub, then be prepared to decide between 12 choices including grilled chicken, chicken parm, peppers & eggs, and veggie. Modestly priced from $5.50 up to $7.45. Steak Sandwich fans can choose between several varities from beef & chicken with a price range from $5.30 up to $6.75. Still undecided, then you might look through 9 Panini offerings starting at $5.90 to $7.30. More substantial appetites might gravitate to one of four baked pasta dishes starting at $7.25 for baked ziti. More than a half dozen other hot pasta choices are also on the menu including chicken cacciatore, sauteed baby shrimp and gnocchi al pesto. None reach the $10 mark. A “create your own” salad is an alternative at $6.20 per pound; soup du Jour is $2.45 for a 16 ounce container. Kids have a choice of four items from the children’s menu all well under $5.
Our second visit was consistent with the first. Your reviewer had two slices of the “regular” cheese pizza. It was “clean crusts” on the bottom and very juicy on top; plus it was just the right temperature. My companion had a sausage parm sandwich that also pleased the taste buds.
For Burlington County “folk” there is also a Luigi’s at 1700 Columbus Road in Burlington. They can be reached at 609-239-8888. Although rare, this establishment rates 4 chews for each visit. Do not deny yourselves the opportunity to “mangia” here. Tutto posto!
Combined Score: 4.0 Chews
Subjective rating: Let’s go again.
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