Who doesn’t love a good Italian? Luigas has been one of our favourite family restaurants for years. The same owners just opened a new concept ByLÙ (by Luiga) just opposite the Alhambra, bringing you an affordable, non-stop Italian city restaurant/épicerie. The focus is on fresh, homemade Italian fare, which can be enjoyed on the spot or just as easily as takeaways or delivered to your door.
WORD GOT OUT
We popped in for lunch. Even though the café has only been open since February, people were queu-ing to get in. Word has clearly got out. The décor is festive with overhead fairy lights and wall art – one wall is covered with imitation plants.
The menu offers Italian staples tried and tested at Luigas, such as pizzas and pastas, as well as paninos, club sandwiches and a choice of main courses.
We started with a Picantella pizza, with a signature crispy crust – topped with tomato sauce, fior di latte, piquante salami and pecorino. (CHF23). This was everything you’d expect from a pizza and more and the crust will stay crispy – even as a takeaway! Definitely recommended.
Next up we tried two paninos – BRUCE: with fried chicken, avocado and salad and the JCSS: fresh ground beef – with all the trimmings. (CHF14). These are huge and satisfying – and for only CHF4 extra you can have the double version! Great for hangovers, we imagine.
SPAGHETTI À LA MAMA
Our pasta choices included the classic Miracolati – spaghetti with tomato, basil and virgin olive oil (CHF14) and the Napolese Nerano , spaghetti with courgette frites and provolone cheese. (CHF16) Both were really tasty.
We ended our meal over a cannolo Siciliano – a strong coffee with a creamy beaten sugar on top – no milk.
TOP TIP: For breakfast you can enjoy homemade pastries, yoghurt and you can order a cute takeaway breakfast box (with juice, savoury and sweet pastries, joghurt and fruit and a hot drink).(CHF15)
Great way to start the day!
As with Luiga, you can’t reserve a table – but you won’t wait long as the kitchen is efficient and we can’t fault the service.
A great new addition to Geneva – somewhere between an Italian épicerie and a restaurant – offering affordable, quality food and excellent service. By the way – the restaurant has a jukebox with hundreds of Italian, French and English songs to choose from to listen to while you enjoy your apéro and watch chefs doing their thing. Great idea.
6 Rue de la Rotisserie, City Centre