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“LOVELY RESTAURANT BUT THE FOOD ?” 3 of 5 stars
Review of La Luna di Luca

La Luna di Luca
46C Friars Stile Road, Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 6NQ, England
+44 7747 104827
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Price range: $31 - $78
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Friendly Italian neighborhood restaurant offering fresh seasonal food that changes daily.
LONDON
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77 reviews 77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“LOVELY RESTAURANT BUT THE FOOD ?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Oh dear I seem to be at odds with other reviewers. First of all may I say the restaurant is lovely, staff are charming, but my husband and I were a little underwhelmed by the food. A starter of scallops arrived in the shell, all different sizes, all overcooked. Free range chicken in breadcrumbs was perfectly nice but a bit dull. I had the risotto which was supposed to have asparagus, artichokes and peas ….unfortunately, no peas and two tiny pieces of artichokes. I love risotto and find it difficult to cook, but this risotto was claggy and over salted and had the taste of a quick risotto by Gallo called Risotto Pronto, sorry it wasn't great. However, we liked the restaurant enough to go back when the menu changes.

Visited June 2014
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Martina M, Owner at La Luna di Luca, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time and your comments are very much appreciated

I am very sad to hear you did not enjoy your food as much as the rest and as a team have taken all you said on board. It's a shame it wasn't pointed out on the night for us to rectify the situation straight away . We change our menu almost daily and I hope on your next visit that we can prove we can do much better . Many thanks again for taking the time and we hope to be able to offer you a complimentary glass of Prosecco next time we see you.
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English first
Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Place On The Hill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Have been to Luna di Luca three times now & really like it. It's an independent place (which Richmond lacks), has great Italian food and really good wine. The owner always seems to recommend one of the cheaper wines, which is refreshing, and they're always good. Great location on the Hill and away from town, plus way better than 90% of Richmond place. Real food & real character

Visited June 2014
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Martina M, Owner at La Luna di Luca, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Thank you for your lovely comments especially recognizing that we are an independent restaurant .And very much appreciate the positive comments And are thrilled to have increased our ever growing loyal local clientele. See you again very soon.
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“even better now.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

they just moved to Richmond Hill.
Nice place,friendly and helpful staff.
Childfriendly.
Italian kitchen.
terrace.

Visited June 2014
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Martina M, Owner at La Luna di Luca, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Thank you for short and sweet comments. ... Very much appreciated and see you again very soon.
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Carlisle
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“Amazing......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We visited here for dinner on a Friday evening when in Richmond for a family get together. It has to be the best Italian food outside of Italy.

When we arrived we were offered a table inside or in the garden. It was a lovely summers evening so we sat outside.

The service was fantastic, very attentive without being too in your face. Our glasses were topped up frequently, never did we have to pick up the bottle.

There is a limited menu however it was so hard to choose, it all sounded amazing. My dad is a vegetarian, he thoroughly enjoyed his Caprese to start and truffle ravioli for a main.

I had the lobster and prawn linguine.....melt in the mouth!

The wine/Prossecco was lovely.

When we started to get chilly we asked if the chimnea could be lit.....no problem at all, it was done within minutes.

I would definitely recommend and will be visiting again

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Martina M, Owner at La Luna di Luca, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Thank you so much for your overwhelming review. It was a pleasure meeting you all and we all look forward to seeng you again some time in the near future ( we know you don't live in london ) we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your night with us. Grazie !!!
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London, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful Dining in quiet Hillside Road”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I love visiting Martina at Luna di Luca and sampling her culinary delights. The other evening I spent an evening with a dear friend and we dined on,
Pan Carasau (very thin music bread from Sardinia , rosemary and potato sourdough),
Lobster alla Catalana (Lobster Tail Salad ,
Heritage Tomato Salad - including Black Camona Tomatoes , Olives, Tropea Onions and Wild Fennel , Sardinian Bottarga (fish egg roe),
Risotto Truffled Wild Mushrooms and Grilled Ceps / Porcini,
Monkfish wrapped in Parma Ham, Baby Grilled Leeks, Capers and White Wine Sauce and Crushed New Potatoes.
Chocolate Sorbet and Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake with Crushed Amaretto. A culinary delight and we were transported to the heated atmosphere of Italian Nights. We have never been disappointed or captivated by the imagination and vibrant coloured plates of food that arrive from the kitchen. Thank you for another magical evening.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Martina M, Owner at La Luna di Luca, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Dear Lindy, thank you so much for this amazing review of our restaurant . We are delighted to hear that you enjoy coming to dine with us again and again and it's a pleasure welcoming you very time. It's nice to hear that you think our place is magical .... Enhanced by our very lovely clientele.

A presto !!
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