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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
3
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (23)
Casual (19)
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Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Authentic (14)
Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Fun (7)
Romantic (7)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Deliciously made homemade Italian food! Highly recommend!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Healthy, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 24, 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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·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 22, 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 17, 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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·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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·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 3, 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 2, 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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·Dined on November 26, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving 2017 meal at the intimate , local restaurant. The food is always delicious (as we are regulars) the servers (eapecially William) are thoughtful and courteous and it is BYOB - with a great wine store conveniently located right next door! It is a little, Princeton treasure!!

Tags: Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always good food with excellent friendly service in a pleasant setting

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

A table in the front window was pleasant and quiet. All the staff are very attentive, and good-natured. They know their menu and make helpful suggestions. The calamari as appetizer, shared for 2, was reliably tasty. Trenette with eggplant, fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella was fresh and light and deliciously spiced.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

On our many previous visits, the service was very efficient and attentive. On this night, however, the restaurant seemed understaffed. We had long waits between courses, and just barely got our coffees and cappuccinos before we had to leave for a performance. This despite having left 90 minutes ++ for dinner, and having alerted our waiter when we arrived that we had a time certain departure.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent flavors. My wife had the veal chop special. Done perfectly. I had the pork Osso Bucco on a bed of risotto and was phenomenal. Our primi piatti was a shared order of papardelle with wild boar ragout that was very tasty. Service was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The most classic Italian Restaurant in Princeton. The menu is always new and fresh. The waiter, Willie, is outstanding. To top it all, Chef Michael Moriello if he’s around, would get out of his way to come to your table to acknowledge you and your guests. This is classic beyond classic.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Organic, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Not the greatest experience. We got attended by 3 different servers and there was miss communication starting with our drinks. They read off a million specials for the night which should have been our clue not to order that. The fish that we ordered was not what we were told it would be and on top of that came out raw. Only positive out of this experience was that the pasta was good. Very unorganized - not worth the hassle. There are better Italian places in the area- will not be coming back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

A two-course meal made an excellent dinner before the concert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food and service was wonderful! Servers were friendly, helpful and welcoming

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I celebrated a friend's birthday. The restaurant was full but quiet - great for conversation. Very friendly service and great food ( risotto is excellent! ) They put a little candle for my friend's dessert - a very nice touch!

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing meal. Beautiful sauces. Wait staff do friendly. I want to go back!❤️

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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Gluten free pasta available - always a great plus for my husband. The four cheese risotto was very rich and my daughter described the cheese combo as "weird" though okay. I loved the special (Flounder Francese) with shrimp and bruschetta over spinach. My husband described the boar topping as "ordinary" but he enjoyed his meal. Fourth entree was eaten completely but I didn't get feedback (vegetarian risotto). Caprese salad was ordinary but that is ordinary in a good way (balsamic reduction so not soupy and plenty of basil). Lots of items and lots of ingredients, perhaps a simplification would be helpful here, but they are trying to be creative (or the chef is very energetic). Service was solid - water refilled into soda glasses by a busboy at one point but best to have plenty to drink than not. BYOB and there is a liquor store next door if you forget.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a lot of fun. Our waiter was a real personality, a funny guy and quite efficient. I thought the food was fine but not outstanding. The Caesar dressing was more like a creamy italian, not a real Caesar and my veal ossobuco was quite tough. Because the overall experience was fun and nice and the service was good, I'd go back. I just wouldn't go running for the food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The service was good but the tables are close to each other. The food was delicious but my Caesar Salad dressing tasted like it’s missing some ingredient, not sure it was cheese, salt, or something else.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dinner here on Saturday October 14, 2017. Seated quickly with reservations. Started with Appy special crab ball, shrimp ball, lobster ball with dipping sauce. Also meatball appy.
Meals were a Chicken Dish and the gnocchi Bolognese off menu. Very good and flavorful.
Desserts were Crème Brulee and Tiramisu which was especially delicious. Waiters were attentive and courteous. Atmosphere is lovely. Parking can be tough in Princeton at any time.
Would definitely go back again and highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great spot for a large group meal - we had a group of 9 seated comfortably. Also it's BYOB, so grab a few nice bottles of wine from Public next door for the best value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food, wonderful service. Enjoyed our meal immensely.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent food. Excellent service. Never didappoints.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Been there many times before. It was excellent. This time though the swordfish was uneatible. Not sure what happened. They were classy enough to not charge us.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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