08/11/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I thought Luna Piena was outstanding. Located on a block with tons of restaurants covering several ethnic cuisines, Luna Piena may not have been my first choice originally. But I purchased a Restaurant (dot) com certificate ahead of time and I'm quite glad I did. We started out with some free bread (a nice assortment) and olives with lentils (awesome!), and we split a bottle of pinot grigio. I ordered the gnocchi, and while it usually comes with a cream-based sauce, I asked for arrabiata sauce instead and I was so pleased! The gnocchi were perfect - soft, light and pillowy - and the sauce...I just wish I could bottle it and take it home. I honestly would have eaten it with just a spoon if I didn't like the gnocchi so damn much. My friends were pleased as well - a nice linguine with clams dish (loved that it came with cherry tomatoes) and eggplant parm (not on the menu but they were more than accommodating). When it's all said and done, this place is a must-return to spot for me, with or without a Restaurant (dot) com certificate. But if I can save $25 in the process, why not?