Luigi’s Debuts in West Palm Beach

From Nuevo Latino to old-fashioned Italian, that’s the trajectory of the former Cabana space at the foot of Clematis Street in West Palm, where proprietor Glenn Frechter replaced his slick contemporary Latin eatery with a casual, affordable purveyor of familiar Italian dishes, Luigi’s (118 Clematis St., 561/833-4456).

Former Cafe Martorano chef Nelson Benitez heads up the kitchen of the classy-looking, bistro-esque space, which boasts hardwood floors, granite tabletops, sunny red and gold walls, and a large, inviting bar.

The menu doesn’t break any culinary ground but does include all your Italian favorites, from pizzas baked in a brick oven to New York-style paninis and heroes. Pastas range from spaghetti with “Sunday gravy” to lobster ravioli, while entrees include thin-pounded veal medallions garnished in various ways (saltimbocca, marsala, pizzaiola), and assorted chicken and seafood specialties.

Prices are wallet-friendly, with large pizzas topping out at $16 and most entrees coming in at under $20; lunchtime prices are about half that.