This edition of Monday Munchies pays tribute to a neighborhood joint that's remained loyal to connoisseurs of good grub on a budget for over a decade.
July is a big celebration month for Pizzeria Luigi, marking 11 years in Golden Hill and six years since the debut of North Park 's location, where New York-style slices, $5 pints, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily hours (that extend to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday) continue to attract hipsters, kiddos and old folks alike.
There's always something to drool over in the glass display case of slices, from ricotta and mushroom-flecked pie to punk rock versions, like the White Girl, which comes with bacon, chicken and spicy ranch sauce. You can't mess with $6 for two slices and a soda. And if something denser is what the situation calls for, there's calzone, Stromboli and spinach or meatball rolls that are nearly half the size of a baseball bat for $8.
Luigi keeps things simple like the good ol' days at his shops, meaning that it's cash only. A real hand-written guest check will come as your receipt, and you'll know when your food is ready, because a kid in his early 20s yells the order so loud, the whole neighborhood can hear. No need to be embarrassed by this last part if you're on a solo mission; hold your head high, and then dive into this San Diego munchies classic - face first.
1137 25th St., Golden Hill, (619) 233-3309; 2121 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, (619) 294-9417, pizzerialuigi.com.