La Vigna opens

A takeout dish from the newly opened La Vigna in the island's downtown. The sausage is made on site.

Courtesy photo/David Watson

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.

Stay tuned.

(13) comments

Steve Fouga

The impending loss of Luigi's is about to leave a big hole in the Island's Italian lineup. So yes, we'll try it for sure.

Not clear from the article whether it's open yet.

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Laura Elder

Sorry about that oversight Jake. Hours of operation would be important. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Laura Elder

Oh, and yes it's open. It opened Thursday.

Steve Fouga

Thanks, Laura.

Kevin Lang

Laura, just out of curiosity: Where's La Port? Would that be next to the town at the southern end of the Hartman bridge? :-) Either that, or your keyboard is on the verge of a breakdown.

Trattoria La Vigna sounds like it might be more than worth a drive across the causeway.

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Laura Elder

This is a tough crowd! Kevin, you are correct. It's La Porte. I think y'all missed your calling as copy editors. But I like the idea of blaming it on my keyboard, which has a mind of its own.

Christine Hopkins

Looking forward to trying it tonight! [smile]

cindy wilson

Sounds lovely. I hadn't heard that Luigi"s was closing are they moving or completely closing and when?

Steve Fouga

I believe Laura reported a few moths ago that Luigi's is moving to Houston and closing the Strand location in December.

cindy wilson

Thank you Jake I don't live there and hadn't heard I will miss them [sad]

Barb Falkenhagen

It sounds lovely and I will surely try it soon, but where on Earth do you park? That was the same issue with Que and Nada coffee bar (which is still open, but has the oddest of hours). There are meters in the area, but most seem to be filled all day.....

Steve Fouga

Well, Four Sons, this is an issue for me, too. I flatly refuse to pay parking to eat. Too many good restaurants on the Island have free parking, and like you say, the downtown metered spaces are often full due to others being willing to pay.

My solution is to park free several blocks away, and walk.

I wish the City would allow us to pay annually for downtown parking the same as we do for the seawall. Then I'd probably relax my rule about paying parking to eat. [wink]

Barb Falkenhagen

Jake Buckner I agree with you. City please, please let me purchase an annual pass. I hunt for change when I just need to run into Tina's for a quick gift. Forget trying to feed those meters dollar bills, and don't get me started on a credit card. It took nearly 10 minutes for the meter to complete the transaction last time I tried.

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