Luna Pizza

Worth a detour

Producing pies that are comparable to New Haven’s Big Three, Luna Pizza’s wood-fired brick oven has been feeding the pizza frenzy in and around Hartford for over a decade. They make rustic thin-crust pies with crushed tomato sauce and only fresh, water-packed mozzarella, not the shredded stuff. The West Hartford store (Luna also has stores in the upscale communities of Simsbury, Plainville, Avon, and Glastonbury) has an art deco flair, right down to the pizza pan stands on each table.

Small pies increase one’s choices, and one small will satisfy a normal appetite. Though Luna’s white clam pie cannot compete with the freshly shucked version from Frank Pepe’s, it is a noble entry that’s covered with chewy canned clams, aromatic garlic, Romano cheese, and olive oil. The Margherita is a purist option with shallow pools of mozzarella, fresh plum tomatoes, basil strips, and garlic.

Luna’s sausage pie is also admirable with medium-sized knuckles of quality sausage, but their biggest hit is the veggie pie. Equal amounts of green and red peppers, onions, sautéed mushrooms, fried eggplant, spinach, broccoli, and artichoke chunks cover its surface, with mozzarella and sauce peeking out intermittently. In our experience, veggie pizza is almost always overwhelmed by one or two veggies (usually onions or broccoli), but this pie is perfectly balanced with no single vegetable dominating the mix.

Other menu items include calzones, Buffalo wings, antipasto, salads, and interesting grinders: the Mayflower features turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Make no mistake, though, that Luna is the place for pizza alone, and their brick-oven pies earn an “A” as they blur the line between where gourmet pizza stops and New Haven apizza begins.

What to Eat
Luna Pizza, Veggie Pie
Veggie Pie
Thick with mushrooms, broccoli, eggplant, spinach, artichokes, onions, and peppers, the veggie pie is among the best we’ve eaten anywhere.
Luna Pizza, Margherita Pie
Margherita Pie
The Margherita pie is tremendously fresh with mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, and garlic.
Luna Pizza, White Clam Pie
White Clam Pie
Luna’s white clam pizza is covered with a substantial layer of canned clams and garnished with lemon slices.
Luna Pizza, Sausage & Cherry Pepper Pie
Sausage & Cherry Pepper Pie
This handsome sausage pie is enhanced by the addition of hot cherry peppers.
Luna Pizza, Half-and-Half Pie
Half-and-Half Pie
On the right: a cornucopia of veggies. Left: spicy sausage. Down below: a fine, crisp crust.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 9pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 10pm
Saturday11am - 10pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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