My wife and I decided to try La Luna this past weekend after seeing on their web site that the Advocate poll in 2000, voted them 2nd best Italian eatery in the New Haven area.
Well, I got a hint of what was to come shortly after we were seated. The elderly gentleman at the table next to us was paying his check and I overheard him say to his wife that he couldn't understand a word the waiter had said all night long. When the waiter arrived he told him that whatever he had for dinner ( I couldn't make out the dish ) was so tough that he could have used it on his tire to extend the mileage. The waiter said he would bring the good tidings to the kitchen.
As soon as our waiter began to read the long list of specials, I understood what the elderly genleman meant. His accent was so thick that you could only catch a word here and there ....and that was with concentration. So we spent what seemed like an eternity asking that he please repeat this and that special.This went on all evenig long with things he would ask or say. This was an awkward moment for him and us and I don't fault him but the Restaurant management. They clearly must have known his shortcomings with the English language.
Now to the food.............We had the Fried Calimari for appetizer. They were much thicker cut than I am used to and the batter was not very light......but they were passable. My wife had the grilled rack of Lamb( a special by the way).The chops were covered with a light sauce...were done nicely..and were quite tasty. I ordered a veal dish called "Vitello Di Mare" which was sauteed medallions of veal, asparagus, roasted red pepper, fresh picked lobster and crab meat, in a light wine sauce, topped with melted Mozzarella cheese. This sounded like a great dish........but unfortunately the restaurant used veal so tough that I thought I was eating at a Bowling Alley in upstate NY!!!! The elderly gent I mentioned earlier must have had the veal I told my wife! The fresh picked lobster turned out to be two small pieces of claw meat! The light sauce bland and tasteless.
So....in my humble opinion.....one decent dish out of two...does not make this place 2nd best Italian in the New Haven area as they claim...so much for readers polls!!!! This place doesn't even come close to the poorest Wooster Square Italian restaurants (If there are any poor ones there)!!!!