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About La Mezzaluna

At La Mezzaluna, we bring you an authentic taste of Italy. All regions of a country world renowned for its food are represented on one menu. Chef Michael Moriello, born in Italy and emigrated to the U.S. in 1997. A graduate of the Sorrento Cooking School and honed his skills at top restaurants in both Rome and Naples. Located right in the heart of downtown Princeton, our primary attention is paid to the food & service. Our friendly and knowledgable staff will make you feel like you're dining at home.

25 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Nassau Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 688-8515

Website:
http://www.lamezzaluna.com/

Catering:
We can cater parties of all sizes up to 200 people. Consider us for your next birthday, anniversary party or graduation!

Parking Details:
Municipal garage located right around the corner from the restaurant. Street parking also available.

Public Transit:
Multiple bus & train lines from Nassau Street, downtown Princeton.

Executive Chef:
Michael Moriello

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout

La Mezzaluna Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

3.9

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for a Date (20)
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Authentic (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Casual (16)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Cozy (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Business Meals (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Fun (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Romantic (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Notable Wine List (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

The only restaurant with real food that doesn't try to be something that it isn't. Like every other 'fancy' restaurant in Princeton. And it's BYOB!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We went for a meal on a Saturday night and had a wonderful time. Our food was delivered very promptly by the wonderful wait staff and we could not have been more pleased. For starters, our fancy crabcake was out of this world! My very generous veal, sausage and mushroom dish was flat-out fabulous as was my wife's pork. For dessert we had first-rate tiramisu and very good coffee. The owner hovered around making sure everything was perfect and made us feel very comfortable and right at home. His warm, inviting presence created a very friendly atmosphere. All I can say is by all means try La Mezzaluna yourself and you'll see what I mean. But make sure to make a reservation as this restaurant draws lots of very loyal customers. Enjoy!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Would not suggest trying on a holiday. We were rushed through a 3 course meal in 45 mins with not even an offer of coffee. The eggplant was the star of the meal although it was too big and too much cheese for an appetizer portion. The flounder was tender but drowned in a tasteless sauce. Dessert was good but not remarkable. This was our second try here. We’ve heard raves from others and decided to give it a second try after a less-than memorable first dining experience. We won’t be back. Too many other better restaurants in the area.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Outstanding meal and very good service. The owner is delightful.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, with pretty presentation. Nice, attentive staff and good service. Like many restaurants nowadays, it seems that they think noisy is a plus. I disagree. At certain tables the lights were too bright.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always awesome food and great service. Their calamari is the best.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Staff and owner are great. All food every time is great. 6 years going there and never an issue

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was delicious and service was excellent. In addition to the BYOB option, they also have a small, limited wine list that includes half bottles. This was a great option for us as we left our wine in the car!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very good service. Extremely accommodating for our large group. Food was a bit disappointing. Pork Osso Bucco was not very favorable and tasted a bit stale. My wife's fish was too "fishy". No one raved about their dishes but no major complaints either.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was amazing. My sister and I met for lunch on a Sunday and would recommend to anyone who enjoys authentic Italian cuisine. There wasn't a lot of people in when we arrived around noon. However we could easily hear the conversations from other tables. I imagine when the restaurant is full it could be quite noisy. The quality of the food and service was impeccable. We will definitely return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was delicious and service was great. The tiramisu was especially top-notch!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good. We'll start with that. Service outstanding if not a bit much, kept getting asked if everything was ok, even though 2 people had just asked and we were in the middle of conversing. The restaurant has horrible acoustics even though it looks quaint. It's on the small and certainly narrow side and the sound of people talking is so loud that you can't really hear the people across the table from you. It's not a good place for an intimate date. Food was good, price was fair and the waitress "Kelly" was very nice and on top of things. All of us liked our food and once the first crowd left and the restaurant quieted down, we loved it. Because we could hear each other. The second shift /crowd came in and once again we couldn't hear each other at all. I would prefer to go back when it's not so crowded on a Saturday night.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Lunch or dinner, I always find something on the menu that I know I'll enjoy!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was tasty. Portions not large but enough.
Loud when crowded.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This restaurant never disappoints! We go here once a year for the past 5 years as part of a Girls Weekend. Princeton is a convenient middle town for all of us. The waiters and staff are super friendly and accommodating!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was very fresh and well prepared.
The seating is tightly packed and with all the hard surfaces in the restaurant it was hard to hear the person across from you.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2018

We visited with friends. Great food. Good ambiance. Great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in Princeton. The food is superb, and William makes everyone feel welcomed. When the opportunity arises to eat out in Princeton, there is only one choice for me.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food is delicious. Amazing risotto choices and is a BYOB which is a plus!
Would definitely return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent,but pricey food.
Nice that it was byob.
A very plain looking restaurant and extremely noisy.
Not a pleasant place to “dine” and have a conversation without shouting!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This is a regular pre-movie spot for us. Busy place, but the staff is top-notch, knowledgeable and friendly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great Italian food with terrific service!...had a very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great as Always...Food, Service, Great for all occasions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Deliciously made homemade Italian food! Highly recommend!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Healthy, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food and great service as always. The lamb is to die for.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

First time at this restaurant...We love Princeton, and was looking for something different- needed pre-Theater for me and my teen-age children. Didn't want to spend a fortune, but wanted gourmet. Wow! The food was top-notch delicious. Far better than Theresa's. My son's Chicken Marinara dish was outstanding...melt in your mouth. My daughter's risotto dish was incredible. Appetizers were top-notch. Portions were great. Service was quite excellent. Even the bus-boys looked impeccable & classy - were super polite and attentive. The place could use some ambiance...but I was quite impressed with the food, the value and friendly, team-effort, professional, elegant staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Nice dessert but food was otherwise ordinary. Staff were nice but not very attentive and we needed to remind them about orders forgotten.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

restaurant was a no show. The restaurant said it closes at 9 PM but open table accepted a 9:15 reservation. It was our anniversary and we were looking forward to a nice evening. Now it was late and the restaurant was open but no longer seating customers. They did recommend another restaurant but until we got there , we were unsure that they were open and had room for us. Very disappointing experience through open table and the restaurant.
The restaurant said they had informed open table of the hours during the week were different than weekends.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food and service were fantastic. The waiters were wonderful. My only complaint was that the owner was a jerk to his employees on two separate occasions that I saw in the 2 hours I was there. It was actually sad to witness. Otherwise, it was very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Its BYO so the value is very good. Mostly Italian dishes, specials included steak and there is a rack of lamb on the menu. Pasta is made in house, we were told. If that's true it wasn't exceptional but better than average.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great Food and friendly service! Really cater to the customer. Will be back

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I had the rizotto special and my wife had the lamb chops. Both were exceptional. Great local gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My first time at La Mezzaluna was a treat. My office had our holiday lunch here last Friday. The service was excellent and the food delicious. I had the pumpkin ravioli and the special chicken and sausage risotto. Both outstanding. My co-worked enjoyed their meals as well, especially the seafood risotto and the special stuffed portobella mushroom.

I highly recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent food & service!! Definitely going back !

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Worth it. One of the really good restaurants in Princeton.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had reservation for 2 but seated after 45 minutes. I get that it was busy but owner was disorganized seating parties of 4, 5 and 6 ahead of us some without reservations. Food was good and waiter was nice but not worth the effort. Not much in decor either.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We have been eating at La Mezzaluna for over 10 years. One of our favorite places to eat in Princeton. This night, we brought friends from out of town. Our past experiences had me expecting a 5 star experience, but tonight, not so much. Overall, given our company and wine we bought, it was an almost terrific evening:
PROS:
1) We were seated for our reservation time immediately and at the type of table we requested
2) The menu/specials presented many excellent options
3) The ambience is excellent

Our issues with this visit (which has never happened in 10 years) surrounded our service:
1) Our waiter struggled with opening the wine and broke our cork, it can happen to the best of us, the issue... he spent all of the time opening the bottle COMPLAINING to us about his corkscrew and telling some tall tale about how his was at home and they don't have one here at the restaurant, etc, etc - very unprofessional
2) I am gluten free - one of the reason's we love it is because they understand and have always treated me with care. This time, despite me including it in our reservation, telling the waiter, asking for confirmation about what I was ordering, he DID NOT PAY ATTENTION and brought my salad with croutons. I immediately let him know and another waiter overheard and said 'she's allergic, you must make her a new one, not just take the croutons off'. Sure enough, he brought back the salad and had only taken the croutons off - it was not freshly remade (crumbs on the plate). DANGEROUS.
3) Water - glass were never filled. It took us multiple requests to get our glass refilled and waited over half our meal for it to happen.
4) Finally - the portion sizes seem to have shrunk while the prices have gone up. The food is always EXCELLENT - no complaints there, but at $25 for a basic risotto, there should be more than 1 cup on the plate..

Our luck drew a bad waiter, it happens - but should not at this restaurant, in this town, on this night, and for this cost.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food is consistently excellent, and good service. One of the best choices in Princeton. Small, but well chosen wine list.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good food, Very friendly staff and Great service. Handled a big group very well and made the occasion memorable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food. Well prepared.Service was excellent. Would go back

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