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Sunday, February 20, 2011

I Luv Lasagna

Lasagna That's Luv-able

Looking for a new place to eat, I stumbled across I Luv Lasagna while searching Urbanspoon's website. With a name like "I Luv Lasagna," I couldn't resist the urge to try it out, which I decided to do one day when I was tending to business in Hickory Hill. The restaurant is located in a strip mall on Kirby Parkway, facing a Kroger supermarket. It's a little hard to find, but it's worth the trouble for anyone looking for a good lasagna meal.
I decided to order the small portion of the house lasagna with a slice of Texas toast. The lasagna consisted of the usual ingredients such as marinara sauce and cheeses (mozzarella and ricotta) with a decent amount of beef. It isn't as meaty as the lasagna served at places such as Ronnie/Judd Grisanti's or Dino's Grill. The marinara really stood out, for the lasagna had a strong tomato flavor that contributed heavily to its taste. The Texas toast, subbing for the omission of garlic bread from the menu, is a really nice buttery complement to this entrée. I recommend getting two slices because one piece of toast will get you halfway through the entrée. Also, I want to commend the hostess for bringing out the lasagna after it had cooled down, because eating hot cheese is discomforting.
As a comparison to the house lasagna, I took home the small portion of the grilled chicken lasagna. Topped with chunks of grilled chicken breast, the lasagna is filled with spinach and onions that blends and spices up the flavor. Along with the marinara sauce, cheeses and layers of pasta, the "small" portion of grilled chicken lasagna (as well as its "house" counterpart) is a very hefty meal, even without the Texas toast, and it is pretty good. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate both lasagnas a 7½, for they're pretty good by strip mall standards, but falls just short of what someone would expect from a genuine Italian restaurant (in other words, if you're looking for 5-star quality lasagna, this isn't the place to find it). Still, the lasagnas satisfied my appetite and I wouldn't mind ordering either of them again.
A week later, I went back and tried the Lasagna Burger, which really is a Sloppy Joe sandwich with cheese. Unlike the actual lasagna, this burger didn't have the pasta layers and marinara sauce, and while it did have cheese, it didn't have nearly as much. The cheese that topped the "lasagna" was a mix of shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, and while that was okay, I wished it had more of it. In fact, if I was making this burger, I simply would've cooked a less-layered version of the house lasagna and put it between two slices of its Texas toast, which I believe would've made for a great sandwich. Nonetheless, the "lasagna" burger was decent, but wouldn't stand out from other Sloppy Joe sandwiches that I've had.
After visiting I Luv Lasagna, I've concluded that it is a nice venue for dining for either lunch or dinner, and the staff that works there are very friendly. As I've said earlier, this isn't an upscale restaurant, but for anyone looking for a good pasta meal at a reasonable price, you probably can't go wrong with this place. In addition to lasagna, the restaurant serves other things such as buffalo wings, sandwiches and seafood. With such a diverse menu, there's something for everyone. I believe that once you try I Luv Lasagna, you'll not only like it but "luv" it.

Check out the review in The Commercial Appeal for more insight on this place.

Website: www.iluvlasagnaetc.com

I Luv Lasagna on Urbanspoon


LabelsHickory Hill, Pasta, Sandwiches, Wings



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