I’ve had the chance to grab a sandwich from Luna’s Italian Food a few different times while working in the coffee shop next door, and man I have never been disappointed. Luna’s is a not so hidden secret right in the Manor @ Midtown. It doesn’t get the press that places around may get, but they are making just as great of food in there as those other places. And every time I go in it seems like they have something new going on!
Luna’s is one of those types of places that can fulfill many of your needs. They do the freshly made take-home-and-heat-up thing. They are a mini supermarket for hard to find Italian food and assorted drink (including lots of stateside beers that Chris, of Third Wheel fame, has never seen in the city before). They have real Italian gelato (pistachio, come to sara). They have quinoa salad! Fresh daily soup! Fresh bread! And sandwiches. And pizza made in a parking lot, but more on that later.
I can be sort of meh about sandwiches, but if you put it on freshly baked bread and slap it on an Italian press, forgetaboutit. I would line up for an hour for a good one. And Luna’s has many good ones! I have gotten the Caprese a few times, which is a nice fresh mozzarella sandwich with pesto, tomato, and a surprising and welcome addition of really good prosciutto. This past time I got the tuna to mix things up a little (I get crazy on coffee shop days). I am normally a mayo fan, but I really enjoyed their non-mayo-ey version, which was more acidic than I typically go for (with lemon and capers), with a pleasant sundried tomato undertone. The tuna was particularly noticeable in that it wasn’t just a bland canned version you get at Publix, they must use some sort of specialty tuna. And best of all was the herbed bread. It.was.awesome.
Another interesting menu item that is a new addition involves a true blue pizza oven in the parking lot! It seems Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (starting at a late lunch time of 1pm) they break out a wood fire pizza oven hitch and go to town! Awesome! The pizza’s looked really good, and I saw some fresh mozzarella and basil on many which had me drooling.
In general, Luna’s is understated and not as hyped as it deserves. You’ll enjoy your lunch, believe me! The sandwiches are typical lunch prices of $6-8 per sandwich (big eaters will probably want to add a bag of chips on the side). Keep in mind the quality of the ingredients when you look at the pricing, and that almost everything I could see what made in house. And it’s locally owned (with a cute story about the owners on the website)! Try something different in Midtown! And I bet you go home with an Italian grocery item you didn’t know you needed.