Luna Piena Ristorante
Luna Piena Ristorante

Luna Piena Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lunapienanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123088882
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Luigi Scarpelli
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We look forward to you joining us here at Luna Piena for your next party. We have three private rooms that can accommodate parties of 15 to 75 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
  • Public Transit: E & V trains to 53rd Street/Lexington Avenue and 6 train to 51st Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Luna Piena Ristorante
Luna Piena serves a large selection of simply prepared pastas, chicken, veal, and seafood dishes.
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Luna Piena Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (14)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)great for outdoor dining (6)special occasion (6)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Reliable Italian
    ReddevilsVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was our first time in over a year. We heard rumors that Luna lost its touch. Nonsense. It was as good as ever. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and accomodating
    WavyLady
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our group of 6 had a great meal when we were there on a Wednesday night in August, to celebrate the birthdays of two friends. Our server was very helpful with our menu selections and we never felt rushed. We were really able to take our time to enjoy the food and the time together. High marks for the staff and chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always reliable
    Ralph
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I just took friends from Florida here for lunch. I can always count on very good food, friendly service and hello from Luigi. I've been going to Luna Piena for years starting when I lived in NYC. It's wonderful to be able to always return and know i'll have a great meal in a nice, fiendly environment. Many thanks as always
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Luna Piena is a great neighborhood gem. The food is consistently good the staff is always gracious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but slow service
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    They have great food but don't go there for lunch because you'll need at least 2 hours. My colleagues and I have gone several times for lunch because we love the food but each time we regret it. It simply takes too long. The waiter doesn't take your order for at least 10-15 minutes and then you have to wait another 30 minutes for your food...order appetizers? Then add another 30 mins. After all that it takes more time to get the bill even after the table has been cleared. When you have an hour for lunch this just doesn't work. With all that said, the food is great just go for dinner when you have a lot more time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An OK experience, but only OK
    dinnerinthecity
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were a party of three, shared two antpasti and each of us had a separate dinner entree. The antipasti were good, but our responses varied about the quality of the entrees, from 'so-so' to 'very good', but none of the three of us would claim that the meal was exceptional. Annoyingly, the service was rushed pretty much throughout the meal, although at any one time there appeared to be a smattering of empty tables throughout the restaurant. So the rush seemed pointless.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    travel4foodVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I have been having lunch (and the very occasional dinner) at Luna Piena since it opened. The service is always good, and neither I nor my dining companions have ever had a bad dish. Pastas are excellent, salads fresh (my favorite is the Exotica), fish beautifully prepared. The prices are good, too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditional stop for us in NYC!
    kegoVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We've been going to Luna Piena for seven years now, almost every trip to New York. The food is always amazing and the atmosphere and service are impeccable. I was disappointed that they didn't have my favorite summer appetizer - figs with gorgonzola, walnuts, and prosciutto - so if you take my advice and go to Luna Piena, order some for me! I also highly recommend the daily risotto (mine was wild mushroom) and whatever seafood pasta special they have. Fresh mussels, lobster, and shrimp taste amazing now matter how they cook it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall good service. Average food
    Happyny
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My friend and I ordered osso buco the same dish for each of us and we realized that one dish had half meat than the other. When we asked for the reason, the waitress said that they put more meat in one dish more than usual. Not the other dish has small portion. I had osso buco at other places, and this was the smallest I have eaten. The risotto that can with it was very good and made up for small portion of meat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not in Ks. anymore
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    very nice of the beaten path restaurant. Food was very good. Service staff was attentive an friendly. Pricing was very reasonable by NYC standards.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place!
    Lunapienafan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    You feel as if you were celebrating with friends and loved ones.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alimentaryadventurer
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had a lovely dinner. The food was solid and served by a caring, attentive staff. This is a restaurant that will be added to our reliable, stand-by list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    Kristin
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Service was outstanding. good italian food. Moderate prices. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    reviewVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Fast, friendly service. Food was good but perhaps not special. The cheese was awesome.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    Judy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had lunch on Mothers Day. Food was great! Had a 2 year old with us and they were very accommodating. Really great lasagna!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent but not great
    LalloVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is a 2 an 1/2 stars restaurant with 4 star prices. Decent food, but not so great to justify its prices. There are a lot of better restaurants in this neighborhood. Will not go again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A New York landmark
    pickyeaters
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We got into NYC that morning and always depend on hotel recommendations and trip advisor reviews. They were right about Luna Piena. Excellant food, relaxed atmosphere and wonderful waiter staff. We plan on making this a regular stop on our next trip!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I've been here on two occasions in the last two months, for business and pleasure. Both times, the food was great and servers are very attentive. It's some of the best Italian food I've had in the city in along time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Jeannie
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We love this restaurant. Go often. The service is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 250 reviews are from the Luna Piena Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Great Place!!
    PeterSVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Best Italian food in all of New York City. The service is great too. The food tastes like I had in Italy. I go here all the time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodluverVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    on E 53rd, there are a lot of good restaurants. Luna Piena is good but not great. Calamari salad was very tasty, with tender calamari; but the buffala mozzeralla was only fair. The branzino baked in salt was wonderful - but the osso buco and risotto was mediocre. So a mixed night.
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  • Lovely for lunch
    DryWitBrit
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Went here with some colleagues and we had a lovely time. Good food, attentive service, not too expensive. Would come again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is a very good place to eat food is great and good service only set back is that they do rush you a bit. We were there for an hour I know they want to turn the tables but that’s too fast and are reservation was at 8pm.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uninformed waiters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I was told there was a special on the menu that could be served with whole wheat pasta. They brought me gluten-free pasta which tasted horrible and didn't even discount the plate from the Bill. Will not be going to this restaurant again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Italian
    morris
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Very good food, fine service -- less expensive than other high quality restaurants. I have lunch meetings here and everyone is always happy with the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food. Authentic
    MLP52AAVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Wonderful food. Authentic Italian cuisine. Recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in the City
    Diner
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Interesting menu with lots of delicious daily specials. Great ambiance. Great staff. Have been enjoying their hospitality for years without a bad meal. My go to Italian in the City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekend Getaway
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Heard about this place from a friend who just visited. Awesome place with great good & service. Would def recommend this to anyone else.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect NYC restaurant
    kegoVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    In a city the size of NY, choosing a restaurant can be overwhelming. I am always looking for a great total experience - great food, of course, but also ambience, service, and location. Luna Piena meets all of these for me! The food is truly amazing. Any of the pastas are a good choice (my favorite being the wild mushroom ravioli), as are the meat dishes (plenty of chicken, veal, and seafood choices). The wine list is not huge, but the restaurant maintains a great selection of wines by the glass and by the bottle. Other than the food the main reason I keep returning to Luna Piena is the impeccable service. The wait staff is charming, knowledgeable, and discreetly nearby. A trip to NYC will always include a dinner at Luna Piena for me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    JoeBamVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    My wife and I were in NY for an impromptu weekend getaway. We were able to get tickets for a show, then scoured Open Table for a good place to grab dinner, and with the zillion choices to review, it became very overwhelming. We contacted the concierge at the hotel, and he suggested Luna Piena. With that we checked it out on OT, liked the menu and reviews and took our chances. Glad we did! The service was fantastic, very attentive, and you could see this was a family run place. Our waitress was very informed on the menu items, and even offered to have something made for me that wasn't on the menu. The food was fresh, flavorful, and hands down, TOP NOTCH! Will definitely go again my next trip to NY and I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very authentic and very delicious
    Salvi
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Very authentic and very delicious Italian food. I have eaten dinner here 3 times and tried something different each time and each of my 3 entrees were memorable. Reasonably priced too...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New to us
    datenight
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    This was my husband's and my first time at Luna Piena and we were so pleased to have found this gem. We had an early dinner before attending a local event. Menu selection was excellent and I opted for one of the specials which was pasta with bite size pieces of fillet mignon, mushrooms in a wine sauce. My husband chose the veal parmigian which was outstanding. Portions wwere plentiful. Also wanted to mention that we each started with a large bowl of vegetable soup which warmed us up on a cold winter eening. As it was my birthday, a delicious piece o tiramisu ended our meal. Attentive service was provided throughout the meal
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    AmosVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    My whole family loves this restaurant. The food is consistently good and the service is wonderful. They are friendly and very willing to please. We come here very often and they always remember us. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Children Restaurant
    Helga
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Great Italian restaurant when you have children....
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great local place
    Stationerysteph
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    For the last three years around the holidays, i have been taking my son's girlfriend for dinner here after we go for facials a block away at Mario Badescu. I love it. The pasta is delicious and I love the warm and cozy atmosphere .The workers are always friendly and there is just a general good vibe. My husband has been there a number of times for lunch as well and also really likes it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian in NYC
    travelpro
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Stopped in on a cold Friday in December. Modest exterior with a warm, friendly ambience inside. This is clearly a family-run place, and everyone pitched in to provide impeccable service. Food is truly authentic and delicous: we had a Veal Chop Special and a Veal Milanese - both were excellent. Try the blood orange sorbet for dessert - delicious. And the prices - for New York - were very reaonable. Try this place - you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Authentic Italian
    LuvItalian
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The spinach stuffed ravioli was excellent with the homemade pasta being cooked just right and the fresh tomato sauce being awesome. We'll definitely plan to eat here again the next time we are in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mid-town Neighborhood Gem
    ExManhattanite
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    An unexpected find: a relaxed neighborhood fine dining experience. If you don't like fussy, but you do appreciate well prepared and presented dishes with impeccable service, try Luna Piena. You will not be disappointed. The staff is deservedly proud of this restaurant. This was our first dinner there, but we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice pre-marathon experience
    Massimo
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Wanted a pasta-based dinner the night before NYC marathon, and the choice proved good, with nice food and quantities that definitely do not leave you in want of more carbs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great marathon pre-race dinner
    tjrunner
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Given this was our pre-race NYC marathon dinner, we ate a basic spaghetti meal and didn't indulge in the wine or dessert but we would definitely go back. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.