Ristorante La Luna Rossa
Ristorante La Luna Rossa

Ristorante La Luna Rossa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lalunarossa.ca/
  • Phone: 4034523080
  • 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: Contemporary Italian, 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 4034523080

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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Ristorante La Luna Rossa reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)special occasion (9)fit for foodies (7)romantic (7)good for groups (4)notable wine list (3)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Outstanding
    Cannuck
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A real gem. Outstanding food and outstanding service. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Be prepared to wait for your food. Appetizer took 45 minutes to come out.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • definitely coming back
    italianfoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is definitely a great little restaurant. I know I will be heading back in the near future. When we first were seated I was not to happy cause we were right beside the open kitchen. But in the end I didn't even notice the noise as they stayed nice and quite. If your looking for Italian food look no further and come here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Classic Italian Restaurant
    regularcalgarydinerVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We always get excellent food and friendly service from this family run restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old Faithful
    Eatoutalot
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We used to dine at their previous premises on 14th St. NW and have never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tourist101
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Billy
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    First time visit and was very pleased. Greet food, great and friendly service. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditional Italian
    Adelle
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 43 reviews are from the Ristorante La Luna Rossa reviews archive.
  • Best kept secret Italian restaurant
    wattsview
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great italian food
    ThomiThumb
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Genuine service but meh food
    SeanBear
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food!
    Terry
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite Italy away from Italy
    Themas
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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!.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • italiandining
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We look forward to coming back again. We recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food....a local favourite
    regularcalgarydinerVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Service and atmosphere are always excellent and friendly in this family run restaurant. Specials and desserts are always the best part of the menu
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and service
    travelingsands
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's was an average restaurant,
    Chuckie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good we returned the next week!
    NewNicknameVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Food & service was great. Relaxed. Perfect location (parking no problem)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bravo
    dinner
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    As always the best authentic Italian food in the city
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service disappointing food
    NMB123
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Authentic Italian
    NewNicknameVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We very much enjoyed our entire evening...food, wine, service...and very reasonably priced Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful neighbourhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • long wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice little restaurant, little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Nice little restaurant, little over priced, $20 for gnocchi with sauce
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Neighbourhood Find
    Suze
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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 :-)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Sammy
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Anniversary Dinner
    Nevi
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    TuscanyBrent
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met all expectations!!
    Amanda
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in Calgary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to enjoy a group
    Rose2561
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Great place to enjoy a group or an intimate meal. Presentation excellent, wine was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is one of the best Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place !
    ChocothunderVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive for Mediocre
    bella
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    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.
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  • A favorite for many years...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Little spot
    Tammy
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    Very impressed with the food and service. I would defiantly go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Favorite Italian Restaurant
    Themas
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    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!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long-time Favourite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had the seafood chowder
    Lynne
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet