I’ve been coming here for years and for a wide variety of reasons, with various different groups of people. The food & service has remained consistent all throughout the years. It is tucked away in the Hickory Ridge Plaza, but is the best place to eat in that plaza and most of Columbia. The portions are good, the price is decent, especially for the flavor and care used in making the food.
I have a variety of favorites that I’ll order from. From the chicken/veal marsala, to the brick oven pizza, from the appetizers to the desserts and even the salads and basic items. My girlfriend & I usually order from them at least once a week. Our favorite things are the marsala, the calamari, the fried mozzarella, the bruschetta, the field green and gorgonzola salad, the shrimp & scallop rose marie, the gnocchi, even the classic spaghetti with some meatballs is splendid, better than I could make at home, the shrimp salad sandwich, the chicken club and an assortment of their piazzas.
We usually get take out or go at off times. It gets busy at dinner time and certainly on Friday & Saturday around dinner time. We’ve found that going or getting take out just before, between 4:00 & 5 you can usually have good service & have the to go order quickly. Overall though the waits are never terrible & the food is worth it. We just prefer to not be with the crowds. They do have outdoor seating too.
The staff is very friendly, always handles themselves well, and they give great customer service. The place can get busy, but they all do their jobs well. The restaurant itself is very quaint and always clean too. There is an attention to quality & detail all around.
I will say the desserts are fantastic. They sometimes can be a bit pricey, but they are very much worth it overall. The peanut butter chocolate bomb is excellent. They rotate their desserts as well so there is always a variety and they do have some usual standards offered too.
I am not from Maryland originally, I have lived here for 7 years now, I am from a city where there is a lot of good food and places to eat with both quality & value. Both my girlfriend & I are not big fans of the food culture in Maryland, it stinks. Between that and the overpriced nonsense served in DC we struggle to find routine places to eat. Luna Bella is one of the three exceptions to that rule. They are an oasis of good food in this area.
Whether you are from the area or out of town, stop in, you won’t be disappointed. It is literally a stone’s throw from Maryland Route 32.
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