August 6, 2010
If you are in Raleigh and looking for a great dining experience, look no further than downtown at Caffe Luna at 136 E. Hargett St., on the corner of Hargett and Blount. A recent trip to the offices of the News & Observer offered an opportunity to get a bite, so VP of Operations Richard Rhinehart suggested we walk down the street. Caffe Luna is an Italian restaurant, but lovers of things Italian know there is a difference in regional cuisine, so more specifically it specializes in Northern Italian cooking. Everything I tasted was perfect. Enough said. The interior is white, clean and clutterless, with nice high windows letting in natural light at accentuates darker woods and well chosen art. Proprietor Parker Kennedy stops by to welcome guests old and new, adding a nice touch. He's instantly likable, and you somehow just know things are getting taken care of in the kitchen. It's not cheap like a fast food haven, but the prices were reasonable for a good quality restaurant. You'll like it. And after dinner, you might want to check out a little of Raleigh's growing downtown night life.