I can't believe how long it took me to try this place. It is way too close to where I live, and people are constantly talking about it. Bella Luna on Eastern Ave is a quirky italian restaurant that is authentically all about food, friends, wine and fun.
Walking in, this place looks a bit cosmic. The decor is a bit wacky with stars, moons, purples, oranges and yellows. I was a bit surprised, as I though I would be walking into an atmosphere that was a bit more authentic italian. We sat down at the large bar which had some live music and ordered a drink. Nice, anxious to sit down and try the food.
The dining room was bustling with large tables of friends and family, all clearly enjoying themselves so comfortably, that I thought they must all be regulars.
Our server came and was a bit zany and cosmic as the decor was. The menu was a bit large and overwhelming (often a bad sign), but there was a special summer menu which she advised us to have a close look at. We ordered a crab bruschetta and a cheesy bread dish to start. They were good and satisfying. For my main course, I was advised by the server to go for the Osso Buco, which was amazing. The meat fell right off the bone and it was delicious. For desert we had the dessert sampler, and all three items on the sampler were delicious.
The food was really good (though not gourmet), the atmosphere was fun and relaxed, and the value was terrific (we all left stuffed and with leftovers). It is a casual fun place to eat where they really try to make you feel like family. In fact, the owner seems to go around to every table and strike up a long conversation (as he did with my mother in law). I could definitely become a regular here.
Cheesy bread with sauce (I could make this at home, but hey, it was good and satisfying):
Lasagna (I think):