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“A refreshing change” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Luna Nuova

Luna Nuova
773 Fulham Road, London SW6 5HA, England
+44 20 7371 9774
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Ranked #59 of 17,039 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
York, United Kingdom
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“A refreshing change”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Saw this in the top rated London restaurants and decided to give it a whirl.
The treck from central london was about 30 minutes on the tube. The restaurant is conveniently located near Parsons Green tube station.
The welcome was warm and friendly and the interior was delightful. Ths ervice provided throughout the meal was excellent, it was also nice to not see the automatic 12.5% service charge - i hate it! I did of course leave a generous tip.
A good menu with lots of traditional Italian dishes. The carpaccio and italian sausage was very good as was the desert of Key Lime Pie.
Although this restaurant is a little out of the way i would definately visit again. London needs restaurants like this - non-chain, local restaurants, that have reasonable prices and good food.
A definite must if you are in the area!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Gorgeous Italian Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Like others we visited as a result of seeing the good reviews here and wanting somewhere special for our wedding anniversary. The food was indeed delicious, and I particularly liked the idea of the tapas starters, although I'm surprised the can't find a suitable Italian word! Maybe we're all just too familiar with tapas. The home made pasta was lovely, as was the steak. We were forced to try the fresh key lime pie ("just made - it's lovely") and it was indeed lovely, and complimentary.

An easy walk from the station made getting there and back very easy - always a plus when we don't have to drive.

We choose a bad day to visit though as there had been a water leak and the back part of the restaurant was closed, making it rather quiet and perhaps without the full atmosphere that is usually there. Spose we'll just have to go again...

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“High expectations met”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I booked Luna Nuova for a special occasion as I had seen how highly rated it was. We were not disappointed! We loved every dish, from the tapas starters: fluffy croquettes, moreish deep fried cheese on toast; to our main courses - tender rack of lamb and garlic swordfish. We hoovered up the desserts too - key lime pie and tiramisu - lovely, flavorsome and light. I look forward to trying the home-made gnocci and pasta in future. Friendly staff, complimentary focaccia, olives and limoncello after. Bellissimo!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This was our first visit to this restaurant and went as a result of checking tripadvisor.

What an absolutely beautiful restaurant, with stunning food, amazing staff, and an ambience that is just perfect.


I enjoyed the homemade pasta, which was amazing. My wife enjoyed, the homemade gnocchi, which again was amazing.


The starters were also stunning, with us sharing a few dishes from the tapas style menu.

This could possibly be our favourite Italian in the uk. We would definitely recommend this place. Gong chine anything, everything is perfect AND we will be back.

Thank you for PERFECTION.

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“New Moon Shines, While Lulu and Her Team Star”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

On Fulham Rd there are many restaurants and therefore during a period of austerity those in for the long haul are going to have to do something special to remain viable. The numerous good reports strongly suggest Luna Nuova may have hit on a formula for long-term survival. Immediate appearances offer no hints as to how things were to evolve. We (party of 4) visited on a Thursday evening and sat in the middle of the front of the restaurant. It was cosy without feeling tables were on top of each other. No tablecloths, which make a place feel less formal, perhaps OK at lunchtime, but take away that sense of something special in the evening. Lulu the larger than life waitress immediately insisted a better table would became available and we could move. To be honest there was nothing wrong with where we were but she wanted to please. Service was prompt and joyful; this was clearly going to be an informal and relaxing event. One glance at the wine list was even more relaxing. Prices were extremely reasonable and we duly loaded up with Prosecco and couldn't resist 2 bottles of the excellent Sardinian Vermentino Villa Solais by makers Santadi.

We ordered chaotically, but Lulu's easy Italian nature made it all seem expected behaviour - she loved it. Two starters - mixed antipasto and verdure grigliate (both were good) plus a number of side dishes, confusingly labelled as tapas in an Italian restaurant, were to be randomly placed on the table with the olives and focaccia. The tapas, grilled small squid and fried calamari rings (both were OK, probably originally frozen) plus fried courgettes (easily the best) was supplemented by crocchette di patate. Lulu was unhappy we had not ordered her favourite tapas so she just threw in the crocchettes. A trick that was to be repeated. For the pasta course we had Tagliolini with courgettes and prawns, which was very good, one of us had risotto with asparagus with the unusual added twist of Pernod, again enjoyed. The very fresh, oven baked sea bass wonderfully scented with garlic and rosemary was disarmingly excellent. Served with head on the bone, wonderful, but others may wish it decapitated, I am sure Lulu would oblige.
It is worth revisiting for the Bass alone.
We only really wanted one dessert between us as a taster. Lulu offended, wanted us to try a couple more of the homemade delices. So she threw in panacotta and tiramisu as well! Not content with that we were also offered in true Italian trattoria style glasses of spirits on the house. Buzzing, jovial yet relaxed made saying yes to the spirits a given.
This local Italian is everything it should be, welcoming, informal, offering simple well cooked comfort food with a realistically priced wine list. We were made to feel felt cherished regulars. The bill was modest, there were no tricks with the thrown in extras. Sure, it is not haute cusine from a formal and fussy Michelin lieu, that's not every day Italian style which this unpretentious restaurant was. This was easy going Cucina Casalinga. It is easy to see why this place is popular. Will I go again? Of course, I came out smiling! As we got up to leave, Dean Martin came on over on the muzak with "That's Amore". For those who remember the opening lines "when the moon shines in your eye like a bigga pizza pie that's amore". Maybe Luna Nuova was shining that night. Based on the overall experience I would say 20 on my open scoring system (see previous reviews).

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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