My husband and I went to Luna Rossa on Summer Street for the first time on Saturday night. Here is a small review.
The atmosphere was great! The dining room is tucked away in the back of the restaurant and is perfect for dinner with friends or family. Soft music and good lighting. The service is attentive and courteous.
The food was overall average, starting with the average complimentary bread which was just a dense sesame bagette. A nice touch in the olive oil were the cloves of roasted garlic, but the olive oil itself was nothing special. The presentation of the food was nice. Everything looked good as other patrons received their dinner. I ordered a special of the night - Almond crusted Red snapper. The fish itself was fine, but the sauce was bland. Nothing distinctive about the sauce except the orange color. I was hoping the sauce would complement the fish, but it was just there. The garlic spinich was good, and the mashed potatoes were just mashed potatoes. My husband ordered the Angel hair pasta which was supposed to be tossed with veal and mushrooms and other vegetables. When it came out, it looked more like brown stew with pasta thrown in. The pasta was DRENCHED in the sauce - which was an immediate bad sign because we like being able to taste the pasta instead of having it masked by the sauce. The bland sauce seemed like it would be better on top of steak rather than accompany pasta. It did go well with my mashed potatoes. They also forgot to add the veal to his pasta dish! so they compensated by taking $4 off the price. Overall we spent $67 without tip on two entrees and a bottle of wine. I'm glad we tried it out, but wouldn't go back or recommend it to others. Quattro Pazzi on Hope street or the small Italian cafe, Capriccio (sp?) on Bedford have much better food and better value. We didn't try the pizza, salad or chicken dishes, but our first trip was just an average (bordering below) one. To give the restaurant a fair chance for others, I've included a link to the restaurant below.