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“Lava love”
Review of Luna Ristorante

Luna Ristorante
Ranked #45 of 247 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Friends and I visited Luna's twice during a recent trip to Venice. I'd happily return.

The lava ─ a concoction that seems to include primarily chopped fresh hot peppers, olive oil and a bit of cheese ─ is delicious with the hot loaf of crusty bread. If you have more than a couple people at your table, you'll want to request another loaf. Stir in some olive oil to help offset the lava's heat.

The first time we visited, four people shared the chicken pot pie and had leftovers for a couple of days. (Yes, the portions really ARE that big.) It was yummy, with very tender chunks of white chicken meat, peas, and a scrumptious pie crust. The second visit, five people shared the chicken and broccoli pasta, which seemed to be dressed with chicken broth. Both the chicken and the broccoli were great, but it didn't have a lot of seasoning, which is why I ended up stirring in some lava to add flavor. Then it was delicious. We also had leftovers from that.

I didn't see any salads or desserts during our visit, and didn't try the wine, but did see very big bowls of pasta. I understand the stromboli is so huge that someone was once embarrassed to be seen ordering it. It's definitely a good idea to split an order with someone. You wouldn't want to be staying in a vacation home and order a different dish for the entire family, because it's doubtful you'd have enough refrigerator space to hold the leftovers, or be able to eat them before your vacation ends.

We ate outside both times, which is a lovely experience in nice weather. The gentleman who seated us the second time was especially great--helpful and friendly, even volunteered to take pictures for us. Our waiter was just OK.

Menu items are pricey, expect to pay around $18 - $22 for a pasta dish, for example, which really isn't bad when you consider that it feeds many more people than you'd expect. Take cash, because Luna's doesn't accept plastic (although I understand there's an ATM across the street).

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

A bit on the expensive side but good service and good food and wine. Nice outdoor option. Enjoyed the ambiance.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Meals seem hurriedly prepared. Ingredients good but way overdone with garlic. Wooo ! Don't bring your lover. They just don't know control. Waitresses and atmosphere is friendly.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

The crust makes the pizza! Always the freshest ingredients and portions are HUGE! Be prepared. They don't take credit cards so bring your cash or checkbook and an appetite. Fresh made bread and their secret concoction of Lava will leave your mouth watering...literally :)

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2  Thank MKS0514
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We visit Venice for a week or so almost almost every year, and Luna is on the list of restaurants to go back to. Suggestions: order one entry for 2 people; even the smaller portion of pasta is enough for 2. If you want a salad as a starter the Caesar feeds 4. Service was prompt, though our waitress had no personality and was rather kurt, and offered no advice when I was trying to choose between two entrees, perhaps because English was not her first language. The other disappointment was they were out of the KJ Chardonnay, and then the Hess, leaving only the house. My wife switched to chianti, which was fine, but after two strikes it would have been a nice gesture to comp the wine. Despite these faux pas we'd go back.

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