With a Travel Zoo voucher it’s always neat to try a new place. La Luna Rossa is on Edmonton Trail – a central location for us; only 15 minutes from home. The restaurant is kind of non-descript, in a small strip mall building alongside a pizza joint that’s on my wishlist. With 2 Italian Chef’s in the kitchen, the food seemed to be authentic (I’ve never been to Italy though!). We were seated at a small table right in front of the kitchen, so it was neat to hear them speaking Italian throughout the service.
The value of the voucher was $88, and I paid $49. We shared an appetizer, each had an entree and shared a dessert. For those dishes that were over the value that the voucher included, we simply paid the difference. On Thursday’s they have $25 bottles of wine so we lucked out on that for sure… the 2012 Toscana went well with all of our dishes.
To start we shared the lamb meatballs. It was nice that we got 6 – easy to share for 2 people (I find all too often 2 people are served 3 or 5 of something… why?!). The meatballs were soft and fine textured, with little bits of visible carrots. The meatballs were well seasoned and tasty. The tomato sauce was smooth, slightly reminding us of Chef Boyardee… but it was tasty and we saved the leftover sauce for the fresh baked bread. The bread wasn’t ready when we arrived so unfortunately we had to wait for it to come out of the oven – after we had finished our appetizer. I wouldn’t let the server take my plate until the bread came out so I could wipe up the leftover sauce. Jay really liked the bread – a white Italian crusty bread, a little denser than the typical loaf you buy at the grocery store.
I ordered the Seafood Risotto ($39) with arborio rice, lobster meat, shrimp, mussels, and saffron. I always forget I’m not a huge fan of saffron, but the dish was nice. There was a lot of seafood – I left a large bowl of empty shells when I was done!
Jay had the Scallopini Crostacei ($38) with veal, lobster, scallops, and prawns in a rose sauce. Jay found only 1 scallop in the dish but there were 3 pieces of veal and it was a pretty good serving all around. The sauce was quite nice. The roasted potatoes had a wonderful rosemary flavour and were quite tasty.
We shared a serving of tiramisu for dessert… housemade, it was one of the better ones I’ve had – not too rich. Cakey and boozy, we cleaned the plate.
Interestingly, we were the youngest people in the restaurant… it was a fairly mature clientele seated all around us. I don’t think I’ve ever been in that situation before. Service was very friendly and it was nice that the lady helped me put my jacket on when we left.
In short, La Luna Rossa is a quaint neighbourhood restaurant with good Italian food. I’m glad I found the Travel Zoo voucher for it, because I likely otherwise wouldn’t have thought to try it. I think it’s a hidden gem that is worth checking out. Cheers!