A friend of mine recently posted a photo on Instagram of a huge plate of pasta that made me want to drive immediately to the location she tagged … Luigi’s Italian Restaurant in Skiatook. That’s right… Skiatook, Oklahoma — a short 30 minute drive from Tulsa. With the implementation of much self-control, I was able to abstain from driving immediately to Skiatook, and instead planned out a date night for my husband and I a few days after spotting the slobber-inducing photo.
Upon arriving at Luigi’s (104 W. Rogers Blvd in Skiatook), we were immediately impressed at how classy, clean, and spacious the restaurant is. This is no hole-in-the-wall Italian eatery. Our server greeted us and asked if we would like the candle on our table lighted. Romance and “mood lighting” in Skiatook? We were a bit taken aback, but of course we welcomed the lighting of the candle, along with a basket full of garlic butter-smothered rolls and olive oil dipping sauce.
Let’s be real for a moment. In my opinion, Italian restaurants typically don’t have that great of a pre-meal. You usually get some sort of crusty loaf and buttery dip. But pre-meals are one of the most important parts of any restaurant experience. (If you don’t agree, just think about why people go to Red Lobster and Texas Roadhouse). Luigi’s totally surpassed our expectations in the pre-meal area. These rolls were incredibly warm, flavorful, and the sauce was delicious. Neither of us could think of another Italian restaurant that serves better bread, actually.
On to the meal. My husband ordered a dish called Chicken Champagne. Yes, as you can imagine from the name, this is a chicken and penne pasta dish cooked in champagne. He enjoyed every last bite of it, along with a glass of Chardonnay to complement the chicken.
I tried something called the Pasta Sampler. It included portions of Luigi’s manicotti, ravioli, and lasagna. It was a great way to try three of their most popular pastas. Their homemade marinara sauce was delectable, and I was totally satisfied with all three pastas. I enjoyed a glass of sweet Moscato along with these classic Italian dishes.
Everything about our experience at Luigi’s was fantastic. My only regret is that we didn’t save room for dessert! I’m sure we will be back very soon! It is definitely worth the drive, and a great addition to downtown for our neighbors to the north!