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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.
Princeton, NJ 08540
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We can cater parties of all sizes up to 200 people. Consider us for your next birthday, anniversary party or graduation!
Municipal garage located right around the corner from the restaurant. Street parking also available.
Multiple bus & train lines from Nassau Street, downtown Princeton.
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout
La Mezzaluna Ratings and Reviews
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:
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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