Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano of Nebraska City has been open for a little over a month at Nebraska City’s historic train depot at 725 S. 6th St.
And customer reviews have been fantastic.   Yelp reviewers have rated  the eatery in the four and five star range.
Nebraska Citians had been hoping for a tennant at the depot. The location was closed for a long time until Matt Lundak revamped the space and opened as The Depot Kitchen and Taproom.
Another opportunity came up for Lundak, however, and the building again went dormant.
It didn’t stay that way for long. And, in a weird twist, you might want to thank a broken bridge for your perfect pasta.

Bernardo Rossi, whose family owns Luigi’s, said a chance visit through town ended with him taking notice of the depot building.
Rossi was headed down 4th Corso, and, had a certain viaduct been functional, this article might never have been written.
But when Rossi came up to the road block at the closed structure, his turn around procedure put him face to face with a Nebraska City treasure, or, as Rossi refers to it, a hidden gem.
He remembers thinking that this would be a great place to put a restaurant.
Such businesses run in  his family.
Rossi was born in southern Italy and grew up in Germany, but he has plenty of family here in the states and some of that family runs an Italian restaurant at North Platte.
How long did it take for Rossi to go from noticing a location to opening Luigi’s?
It’s hard to put a specific time on it. There was a process to be observed.
But that’s over now. The door is open and all are welcomed to come and enjoy a family atmosphere and some great food.
Rossi said the community has been very welcoming and encouraging to him and have told him that they hope Luigi’s is a Nebraska City staple for many years to come.
As excited as Nebraska Citians are, Rossi and his family are just as excited—maybe even more.
The staffing of the new restaurant has gone smoothly.
The menu is set with many offerings from salads and subs, to baked and house pasta. There’s chicken and seafood options too.
Menu additions are anticipated as time goes by but the public can rest assured that Luigi’s won’t be changing its methods or its atmosphere.
As a source of authentic Italian food, Rossi said Luigi’s focuses on the process of cooking. Short cuts are not considered.
Tried and true family recipes result in favorites made from scratch and signature sauces that elevate dishes to the next level.
In the restaurant, guests are provided a welcoming environment where they can enjoy food and socialize.
Don’t expect “fast food” at Luigi’s. It’s a culinary experience.
Rossi said he has been pleased that the restaurant has established a speed of service that gets folks their food so they can get in and out while also having time to enjoy themselves.
It’s all about developing relationships. Luigi’s prime directive is to become ingrained in the fabric of the community and to serve the needs of customers such that they come back again and again.
“We want to build our clientele. We want to see our guests as guests and not as just customers,” Rossi said.
Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. And Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Luigi’s is closed on Mondays.