When future cosmonauts venture into the expanses of deep space, they'll be wooed by constellations that look like veal scaloppini. For $15, today's Groupon gets you $35 worth of celestial food and drink at Cafe Luna, a casually romantic establishment where the culinary stars of Roman, Italian, and European cuisine cascade through time and space to find their home on a plate.
Cafe Luna is a family-style, family-owned, galactic culinary ambassador that delivers refined recipes in an elegant atmosphere of pale brick walls, scarlet curtains, and sinewy metal architecture. Appetites are introduced to a menu piloted by raw filet mignon carpaccio with fresh arugula, capers, and shallots ($13) that leads pasta and protein passengers. Handmade pasta sheets form the signature rosetta, rolled with ham and swiss before being sliced and baked in a creamy parmesan ($15), as well as the capelli di gamberi, mingling angel-hair pasta with sautéed prawns ($21). Large hungers can be substituted by the sautéed flavors of vitello marsala, a veal scaloppini in a creamy marsala wine sauce with mushrooms ($21).
Cafe Luna's wine selection offers culinary complementation to any meal that longs for the company of a sweet or savory slow sip. Attentive servers make sure your smooth night out becomes an even smoother event with silky-smooth service reminiscent of a silk robe covered in canola oil.
Reservations are required.
- For fine Italian cooking, head a couple of miles south to the sophisticated tables of Cafe Luna in Carmel Mountain Ranch, where stylish guests occasionally indulge in meatballs made according to the recipe handed down by the proprietor’s nonna. – David Nelson, San Diego Magazine
- This quaint little Italian restaurant is an oasis in an area populated with fast-food chains. Locals enjoy better-than-average pasta dishes such as fettuccine bolognese, capelli puttanesca and fusilli Umbriaco (a.k.a. vodka cream sauce)...Save room for the tiramisu and chocolate mousse cake, sweet confections worth the calories. – Gayot
- [The Rosetta] is an amazing dish to have as an appetizer! Homemade pasta rolls with salty ham and creamy cheese inside...can't go wrong. Oh and did I mention it has been baked to perfection in a fabulous white alfredo type sauce? It comes to the table with steam rising along with crunchy, browned tips of pasta peaking out from the sauce. Mmmmm! – J G., Yelp
11040 Rancho Carmel Dr.
San Diego, California 92128Get Directions