As promised, Sal and Pina Ruggieri have officially opened the authentic Italian eatery Trattoria La Vigna, 420 20th St. in the island's downtown.
Island architect David Watson kindly sent over some photos of dishes Pina Ruggieri prepared for him.
The Ruggieri family owns Lafitte's Beat Gift Shop, 2115 Strand in the island’s downtown. But they’re no strangers to the restaurant business.
The couple at one time owned Italian eateries in Baytown and La Porte. Trattoria La Vigna is in the building formerly occupied by Que Cafe, which Watson owned.
The Ruggieri family stay true to their culinary roots. So don't expect spaghetti and meatballs here.
Here's what Watson had to say:
"The pasta is amazing. Not just red tomato sauce. She has given me samples of homemade sausage, spinach ravioli, pasta with olive oil, sundried tomatoes (loved it), and grilled chicken. $9 lunch with salad."
The eatery is open for lunch and dinner. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
So, have you tried the eatery? Or do you plan to?
island eatery Trattoria La Vigna, 420 20th St. Biz Buzz couldn’t pin down and exact opening date, but sources say the soft opening of the Italian concept should commence sometime this week.