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Ristorante La Luna Rossa
Ristorante La Luna Rossa

Ristorante La Luna Rossa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lalunarossa.ca
  • Phone: (403) 452-3080
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM;


    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Benny Ricioppo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We do offer private dinning. Our restaurant capacity is 45. Parties between 35-45 you may book the entire restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Fausto Ricioppo (403) 452-3080

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd ave. NE
  • Public Transit: There are several public transit stops. One is right in front of the restaurant heading north bound. The second heading south bound both on Edmonton Trail.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer free parking to all our clientele. Parking is right in front of the restaurant and is very accessible.
A word from Ristorante La Luna Rossa
We are one of Calgary"s best and authentic Italian restaurants. We have been recognized by the Italian government "Ospitalita Italiana" for outstanding quality and authentic products from Italy. Whether it may be our made in house pastas, our weekly fresh fishes and great quality products from Italy, we have something to offer everyone! Our fantastic duo of Chefs Benny and Alessandro Ricioppo have been cooking great Italian cuisine for years and are coming up with fresh new ideas everyday and have incorporated them in both our lunch and dinner menus. To our outstanding friendly and great staff we are sure your dining experience with us will be a joyous occasion!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Second time we've been to this restaurant and both times the service and food were excellent family owned and operated. Love the small intimate atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First time visit and was very pleased. Greet food, great and friendly service. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This is our " go to" Italian Restaurant. The specials are always varied and tasty and the pasta dishes are excellent. We have never had a bad experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went on a Thursday evening with my parents. They were looking for Italian food and we were not disappointed. We asked the chef to cook a meal for us and we were treated with a delicious antipasto platter that include prosciutto and melon, shrimp, capresse salad and a meatball with fresh parmesan. The main was a nice selection of two pastas, veal scaloppini, a small hen with a crispy skin and grilled veggies. Dessert was a delicious cannoli. Great service. The only negative to the evening was a fellow diner that was seated at the table next to us who was very loud and was monopolizing the conversation at his table, which was very annoying and distracting."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This is an old style, family run restaurant where the kitchen is open to the guests and you can see "papa" cooking your dinner while sons/daughters serve it to you. Food is fresh, "home made" and great wine selection in mid price range. Don't be put off by its location in the burps....it is inner city and only a 10 minute drive from down town (Car2Go, anyone?) and parking is free. Great all year round, but they do usually shut down for the month of August so the family an go "home" to Italy, so plan accordingly! "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Wonderful meal! Our group of 4 had: liver special; lobster tail, veal scallopini al limone, and ravioli. It was all great. Also had a delicious dark chocolate gelato for dessert. Very happy to have found this spot!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went here with visiting family members. Ambiance is nice and the staff were very friendly. Drink orders taken promptly and they are not shy about filling your glass. Food timing was biggest problem. From seating to cheque took 3 hours and entrees took over 2 hours with at least 1 hr from ordering to delivery. Food itself is decent but portion sizes were small. I left feeling hungry. I'd like to see them get better as it seems like a nice joint but all in all, I'm in no hurry to return."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "If I could, I'd adopt the whole family! La Luna Rossa is a family owned and operated business- and the care that is put into every aspect of the restaurant reflects their well-deserved reputation for excellence. I had liver for the first time in 30 years because I knew that if Benny or Salvatore cooked it I would like it. And I did! Terri's lovely lemon sponge cake was the lightest counterpoint to a perfect meal and her bread is an addiction of it's own. Yum! :) The front of the house is managed by Faustino and like the rest of his family, he is a most gracious and caring host. I've been here several times, always had great service and an outstanding meal. Thank you! I can hardly wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We go to La Luna Rossa for all of our special occasion. The service and ambiance is spectacular there. It is so warm and inviting because of all the family members that work there. One or more of us, always orders the special, because Benny does so good a job, that our mouths are watering from how good the dish always turns out! We will always return to La Luna Rossa!."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We look forward to coming back again. We recommend to friends. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Service and atmosphere are always excellent and friendly in this family run restaurant. Specials and desserts are always the best part of the menu"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Had our anniversary dinner at La Luna Rossa, and it was fantastic. The food was delicious, reminded us of our times in Italy. The service is outstanding, everyone is so friendly! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "It's was an average restaurant, the food was alright. We had the pasta overpriced for what you received and under sauced. The place was nice would give it another chance just wouldn't have the pasta. The hockey game in the corner absolutely ruined the dining experience."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "As always the best authentic Italian food in the city"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Took my Mom there for dinner, I ordered gnocchi pomodoro, Mom had seafood soup and my boyfriend ordered the risotto. My gnocchi was so very disappointing. Over cooked and mushy, mom's soup tasted good but disagreed with her stomach when she got home. My boyfriends risotto was under cooked even though he ordered it the minute he sat down, to give them more than enough time to prepare. Sevice was fantastic, there were 2 waiters for 2 tables in the entire restaurant. I normally complain (having worked many years in the industry), as I feel the restaurant would want the feed back but my boyfriend hates it when I do that."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We very much enjoyed our entire evening...food, wine, service...and very reasonably priced Will definitely return"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Picked this with the very loose criteria of 'Italian', 'in the north of downtown' and 'on Open Table'. Driving up, it's an unassuming stucco building in an unassuming part of town. Walk in, and you enter a genuine italian bistro. Pellegrino and wine on each table, friendly service and an impressive range on the menu. House wine is excellent. The appetizers were authentically sicilian and amazingly flavourful. The main course (rack of lamb special) was absolutely spectacular; perfectly prepared, lovely reduction, and vegetables with flavour, not just included as an afterthought. Spectacular meals that foodies will enjoy. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant several times and the food has generally been good with good service. This past weekend, we decided to try it again and while the food was good, we had to wait 1 hour for our dinner. I'm not sure what the delay was, as the restaurant was not full and we did not have any special requests. Contrary to the wait staff's claim that "it is worth the wait" - I respectfully disagree."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Nice little restaurant, little over priced, $20 for gnocchi with sauce"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We are always looking for a nice little Italian restaurant that doesn't require us driving to the other end of the city and close enough to home that we don't feel it will be too expensive if we decide to indulge and take a taxi. Ristorante La Luna Rossa did that for us this weekend. Something new, something close and a pleasant little place to hang out with our daughter for an evening. The service was very good as was the food. There seemed to be quite a few young families there so if you have young ones this would be a good choice. Ours are no longer young but still loves to be taken out for Italian as often as possible :-)"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This was one of the best dinning experience we have had I Calgary. Highly recommend for a nice dinner out. A little pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Another fantastic dining experience complemented with great service & a lovely dinner! This is a dining favorite where you are always well looked after and pampered. A wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I was able to book lunch, the day of my customer meeting which was fantastic. The restaurant is a wonderful spot to take customers for lunch, as it was very quiet, the food was excellent, and the service outstanding."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "My husband and I were last at La Luna Rossa when they were located on 14th street. We thought that it had closed up and were very disappointed, until we realized they had just moved! We went last week for a much deserved date night! The food and atmosphere were as wonderful as we remembered. Our server was very attentive and helpful. We cannot wait to go back!!!!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Besides the food being amazing and super fresh, La Luna Rossa consistently has some of the best service at any restaurant in Calgary. I've eaten here at least 40 times and have never had a dining experience that didn't leave me totally satisfied. This is a wonderful family-run business that just keeps doing the little things rights. Best upper-scale Italian restaurant, and one of the best overall restaurants in Calgary."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Great place to enjoy a group or an intimate meal. Presentation excellent, wine was great."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "This is one of the best Italian restaurants in Calgary. It is as good as any I have visited including in Italy. The lamb is especially good."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "awesome service and food ! home made feel ! cozy .. ! can be nooisy if there is a large group or family sitting adjacent to you, but its all part of that " family " run style!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "First thing I noticed was that wine was $10/glass. Pretty pricey for an average pinot grigio. Started off with appetizer calamari, was simple fried topped with a spicy tomato sauce. Found Calamari to be chewy and lacked a good flavor. For a main course we had Gnocchi and the Luna Rossa (spaghetti w mixed seafood). Gnocchi was in a very thick white sauce and a healthy portion was given. The Luna rossa came with mussels, shrimp and squid. Once again squid was chewy as was the same as appetizer. Mussels did not taste good, kinda off. The only think that was good were the shrimp and the spaghetti, however if you want something authentically Italian, I don't believe this is the place."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We found La Luna Rossa quite a while ago when they were near the college. The new location is easier to get to, with sufficient parking. The family-run restaurant is a treat and they made us feel so welcome. The spicy calamari is so good, we considered (jokingly) having it for dessert."
    Dined on 5/30/2013
  • "Very impressed with the food and service. I would defiantly go back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2013
  • "La Luna Rossa is our most favorite Italian restaurant. We had lost track of them for 3 years after their move, but was ecstatic to refind them. We go there whenever we are celebrating a special occasion or if we want a great meal. I have been to Italy and since coming back, had not been able to find the same quality of food, until we refound La Luna Rossa!!"
    Dined on 5/14/2013
  • "La Luna Rossa has been a long-time favourite for that "family feel, great home-made meal". From the personal attention when you arrive to the wonderful quality of the meal, La Luna Rossa will remain an easy choice. for this meal, the smoked salmon and calamari appetizers were ample and delicious. The ravioli and lasagna main course dishes were thoroughly enjoyed."
    Dined on 5/1/2013
  • "We had the seafood chowder for a starter and it was phenomenal. The lasagna was a delicious and the veal and scallopini truly perfect. The butter nut squash Lavoisier was the only disappointment of the day. The pasta was dry, the filing tasteless and sparse and the butter or olive oil that accompanied it heavy and uncomplimentary. This was the only dish that was disappointing and we would not be recommended. This is a great place to eat and we would have given it a 5 for overall and food if not for the ravioli."
    Dined on 4/23/2013
  • "Classic neighborhood family owned restaurant and you can see it in everything. Our waitress was very friendly and she knew what she was doing. As she said, she was doing dishes at this restaurant as soon as she was born.Have you ever been to a restaurant where you ask for fresh ground pepper and the girl brings it and doesn't even know how to use the pepper mill properly? Well, this girl knew how to use a pepper mill!! Now this might not be a big thing to some, but this was just one of many little things that when combined together sets this Italian restaurant above a lot of the others, that and the food was AMAZING!!! Of course we will go back..........again and again."
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "Nice little Italian restaurant. The service was excellent and the ambiance was nice. We were there on Valentines Day and they did not have us all squeezed in together so you had room enough for a quiet conversation, which was a nice surprise. The appetizer (plate of eggplant, olives, peppers, etc) and salad (ceasar & caprese) were all really good, but my wife and I both had the lasagna and it was somewhat disappointing. I'd go there again, but I'd order a different main course."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "I love this restaurant. The food is fantastic and the service even better. They make you feel part of the family."
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "Good value for the money. Very good quality - hearty, well cooked food. Nothing fancy but flavourful. Simple presentation on the plate. The feel of a family run restaurant (I don't know if it actually is or not. I would go there again."
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "My wife and I are always seeking new restaurants and although Ristorante La Luna Rossa has been open a few years, because we live in the South end of town we had never tried it before Saturday. what a pleasant surprise !! Food was terrific, the service was pleasant and attentive. The room was very comfortable and energetic Very good home made italian bread, pasta and Calabrese sausage. We will definitely be going back"
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "Food was good but not as good as I had anticipated from the reviews I had read on Urban Spoon and OpenTable. The service from the moment we walked in the door until we left was extremely friendly and welcoming (server did make a mistake on providing me with incorrect appetizer but it was still tasty). Ambiance was biggest disappointment."
    Dined on 1/26/2013