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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Christmas Eve at La Mezzaluna! Celebrate with your family and friends! We're open normal business hours and will be serving Christmas Eve specials.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in 2018 with us! We're open normal hours and are now taking reservations.
Reserve now to get the best table and reservation time!

La Mezzaluna Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (24)
Special Occasion (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
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Casual (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Authentic (11)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Romantic (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Fun (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

As always this is the best Italian Restaurant in Princeton : delicious food and very personalized service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Phenomenal rigatoni - easily our favorite restaurant in the Princeton area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Restaurant was very accommodating and food was delicious. Great selection and yummy specials that evening

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Requested a table with a view and was very pleased with a table by the window. For appetizers we ordered the calamari and pumpkin ravioli. I'm not a fan of calamari, but it was the BEST I've had (lightly breaded). Good appetizer portion to share. Disappointed with the pumpkin ravioli. It was fried and too oily. We both had the veal with sausage, potatoes and peppers w/marsala. It was excellent. Veal was tender. Sausage smooth not grainy. The marsala was flavorful and plentiful. Peppers were cooked! Would highly recommend. They offer a small dessert menu but enough to choose from. Restaurant is small, tables are close together which makes it difficult to talk and crowded. Wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Michael was charming. Stopped by our table to make sure everything was ok. BYOB! I will definitely go back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fantastic meal on Saturday night before a theatre performance at Mccarter. We started with artichoke francaise and polpette appetizers. The artichoke was so unique and tasty, meatballs were light and delicious. Would definitely order both dishes again. Then we had the pork ossobuco, meat fell right off of the bone, so tender, delicious gravy and risotto to top it off. Also had the veal with sausage, also very tasty, full of flavor. Cappuccino finished off the meal perfectly. Can’t wait to go back and try additional items on the menu. Excellent. Service was also warm, friendly and very efficient, a perfect night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Excellent food and service every time!! Try the pork ossobuco.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Excellent all around!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food. We had the rack of lamb. Amazingly good! Service is great too.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Really good dishes and atmosphere

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Overall enjoyable experience, with excellent, attentive service from William. Burrata salad was a highlight and though entrees were good (vegetarian risotto and trenette), they didn't quite match specials we ordered on a prior visit. The tables are close together and it can get a bit noisy, but this seems to be true of most restaurants downtown. This is a BYOB restaurant and there's a liquor store right next door.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Had such high hopes, was very disappointment. Was always great in the past 😞

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Wonderful creative Italian entrees! Shrimp and roasted vegetable lasagna was delicious; and the red snapper and shrimp over linguine Putanesca style was heavenly! Ricotta cheese cake for dessert was delicate, just the right texture, and authentic. Waiters were professional, cordial, patient, polite and happy. We all had a great time celebrating our friend's citizenship and his engagement. We'd all go back again!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Terrific real Italian food. Great location. Wine store next door for BYO.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Good value for Princeton, good food, friendly and personal service.

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