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Cafe Luna

11040 Rancho Carmel Dr. (Carmel Mountain Rd.) Send to Phone
858-673-0077 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Respectable Italian in a romantic setting.

Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat.

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Cafe Luna Restaurant Review

: This quaint little Italian restaurant is an oasis in an area populated with fast-food chains. For lunch or dinner, enjoy better-than-average pasta dishes such as fettuccine bolognese, capelli puttanesca and fusilli Umbriaco (a.k.a. vodka cream sauce). For a fresh start, order the spinach salad with strawberries, almonds, dried cherries and feta in a balsamic fig vinaigrette. Chef Marco Flores puts a nice spin on dishes like penne alla arrabbiata and pecan-encrusted tilapia with raspberry beurre rouge. Unique to Café Luna is the crispy rosetta pasta, good as an appetizer or a main course --- a handmade pasta sheet is rolled with Swiss cheese and ham, then baked with Parmesan and white wine sauce. Other house specialties include seared twin petite filet mignon with Gorgonzola and mushroom caps, and smoked black pepper-crusted Atlantic salmon with rock shrimp risotto. The expansive wine list has many solid, affordable choices, and the desserts are all homemade, such as tiramisu and chocolate mousse cake, sweet confections worth the calories.


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