Luigino’s, the Heathrow Italian restaurant, is closing. In a letter sent to regulars, the restaurants said it would be selling its inventory of wines “and other valued items” on Monday, January 16. A man who answered at the restaurant and identified himself as a manager said that “it was just time to close.” He abruptly ended the call after he told someone who he was talking to and they told him not to speak to me. (My most recent review of Luigino’s wasn’t exactly stellar.)
Before hanging up, the young man said that the owners would continue with an ongoing catering business that specializes in Indian cuisine. So there you go.
Luigino’s was originally opened by Jeno Paulucci, who made his fortune with Jeno’s frozen pizzas. Paulucci’s first restaurant in the space at 120 International Parkway was called Pasta Lovers and was a perceived attempt to out Olive Garden Olive Garden. Didn’t work. It later transitioned, in 1997, to Luigino’s Pasta Lovers and Steakhouse (you could order steak on the pasta side of the restaurant but you couldn’t order pasta on the steakhouse side). The Pasta Lovers and Steakhouse names were eventually dropped.
There is nothing about the closing on the restaurant’s website, and the last entry on Luigino’s Heathrow’s Facebook page was in October. But if you’d like one last visit, you may want to get there before the 16th.
H/T Steven Cluck