Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano: Owner carries on legacy of Cy-Fair staple

Owner Miguel Segovia took over the Jones Road location of Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano in 2007. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Owner Miguel Segovia took over the Jones Road location of Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano in 2007. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

Owner Miguel Segovia took over the Jones Road location of Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano in 2007. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Chicken piccata ($15): •Chicken is served in a white wine and butter lemon sauce with mushrooms and capers. Substitute fettuccine Alfredo for $4. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Chicken fettucini Alfredo:• Fettucini is served in a creamy housemade Alfredo sauce ($11) and can be topped with grilled chicken ($15) or grilled shrimp ($18). (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Owner Miguel Segovia said his aim at Luigi's is to provide customers with a fine dining experience that is also family-friendly and affordable. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
The beauty of Italian food—according to Miguel Segovia, who has been running Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano on Jones Road since 2007—is in the sauce.

The sauce can make or break a dish as well as provide a chef the opportunity to add his own personal touch, Segovia said.

“You can take a good grilled salmon, and you can add a little light sauce, or you can add a rich creamy sauce, and you end up with two completely different dishes,” he said. “Cooking is an art. That’s why they call it culinary arts.”

The Jones Road location of Luigi’s opened in 1995, but the restaurant has been operating in some form since 1983, Segovia said.

With nine years of experience working in restaurants and 17 years working in hotels, Segovia said Italian food has played a prominent role in his career.


At Luigi’s, dishes tend to be served with one of three main sauces: a meat sauce, a marinara sauce or a tomato sauce. All sauces are made from scratch in the traditional Italian style, Segovia said.

“Those sauces are very special,” he said. “Any good Italian restaurant should know how to do those right.”

Segovia described the food as “like home cooking,” with everything made to order. Aside from the major sauces, he said his chefs also make special dressings with original recipes, including a creamy Italian dressing and an Italian vinaigrette.

The restaurant offers dine-in services, delivery through Door Dash, curbside pickup and seating on the outdoor patio area in front of the eatery.

Luigi’s has been weathering the coronavirus pandemic with help from loyal customers, who Segovia said want to make sure the longstanding restaurant is not lost after so many years of serving the local community. Ultimately, what keeps people coming back is the service, he said.

“People know your name as you walk in,” he said. “Those details—a warm welcome, knowing your story and what you like best, what cocktail you drink—that’s why people don’t ever want Luigi’s to go away. You don’t get that everywhere these days.”

Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano

12779 Jones Road, Houston

281-807-1091

www.luigisonjones.com

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., closed Sun.
By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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