A family-owned and operated business, LuLu's specializes in Italian cuisine and has a large lunch menu with sandwiches, burgers, salads and pizzas.
The Vibe: The inside is your classic Italian pizzeria vibe, curved wood on the leather booths that you remember being so much bigger as a kid when the family would go out for pizza, arched brick doorways allowing the scent of baking crust to waft in from the kitchen. The outdoor patio is across from a wooded area giving a nice pop of green in the backdrop, and from what I was told by a very friendly neighboring diner, the patio gets pretty crowded for their popular happy hour.
The Food: For a lunch menu there was certainly a lot to choose from. I started with an unsweetened iced tea that was perfectly refreshing on the first 88 degree day of the year, and not overly bitter. I asked the waitress if any of their appetizers were particularly popular and she mentioned their sampler, buffalo wings, potato skins, fried ravioli and mozzarella sticks all for $12.
The fried ravioli was perfectly crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside, without that shot of scalding hot cheese that can sometimes be a problem. There had to be at least five buffalo wings, so they certainly don't skimp on the potions for the price.
For entrees we ordered the Greek salad with oil and vinegar and the Tuscan Panini. The panini had grilled chicken with fresh mozzarella, basil, lettuce tomato and balsamic vinaigrette inside.
The lettuce in the salad was crisp and they certainly weren't light on the feta. The oil and vinegar with a little salt and pepper was the right choice, a dressing may have been a little heavy with all the cheese.
The panini, o that panini. The chicken was marinated beautifully, moist and full of flavor inside the giant pita bread charred on the outside nicely from the panini press. The fries weren't too salty and they had a nice crisp to them.
We didn't choose much of the Italian Pizzeria experience with our order, other menu options include pasta creations like homemade meatballs and tomato sauce, homestyle lasagna, eggplant parmesan, garlic bread, and of course pizza.
The Bill: The panini was $8.99, the sampler was $12.99, the Greek salad was $8.50 and the iced tea was $2.39. All together the bill came to $34.96 for drinks, a hefty appetizer and two entrees.
The Particulars: They are open seven days a week 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays noon-9 p.m..
The Verdict: The waitstaff was incredibly accommodating, the patio was relaxing and shaded with umbrellas at each table and the food was great. In a land of chain restaurants like Enfield, it's worth the extra mile to make it to LuLu's.