Lao Luna D’oro

Lao Luna D’oro
Lao Luna D’oro: Starring great pizza
By ZK

One might think being located along the main strip would make Lao Luna a tourist trap, or one of those lucky dips of Italian restaurants, where aiming for the stars actually means landing in the mediocrity of processed, tasteless pizza?

Fortunately for pizza lovers, there is a clear absence of mediocrity or anything remotely processed in Lao Luna’s fare.

If Google has advised correctly, Luna means moon, and D’oro means golden. Is ‘Golden Moon’ a good representation metaphorically for golden pizza? My pizza scoffing accomplice and I say, yes.

The decor

The décor at Lao Luna is clean and modern with a hint of questionable (undecided) tackiness. The question posed is: is it overdone, or legitimately fitting to the theme? You see, the walls at the entrance and behind the bar and a section of the roof are painted with roman garden scenes [Trompe-l’œil? Ed]. It is quite beautiful, and the artist has executed great skill, however when paired with lamps that are cradled by gold cherubs… you might be able to see the uncertainty my dining partner and I struggled with. We’ll let you make your own decision.

The restaurant has done a fantastic job otherwise, with a great attention to detail in elements such as the soft jazz background music that creates a calm atmosphere, well stocked bar with agreeable cocktail list (although only two types of beer/wine), bottled oils and dressings for each table, and complimentary mini-bruschetta. The wait staff are pleasant, however possibly overly attentive at times, hovering like bees over a bunch of flowers, but appreciated all the same.

The food

The food is a little on the expensive side (read: extravagant), however this is mostly made up for in the quality of ingredients and taste.

Sticking to true Italian simplicities, the menu consists of Antipasti (65-130,000), Salad (65-90,000), Soup (65-90,000), Pasta (80-115,000) and Pizza (40-150,000) [You can indeed request half/half pizza but unfortunately no slices available here].

Antipasti: Melanzane alla parmigiano (eggplant layered with tomato and cheese) – a winning combination of soft eggplant with a bold tomato sauce and melted cheese. A perfect portion for either lunch or dinner, filled with fresh herbs. Cooked to painstaking perfection, and devoured within minutes.

Only improvement to this dish? For the price it should be served with a side salad.

Salad Lao Luna

Salad: Insalada Mixte (mixed garden salad) – a large fresh garden salad with radish and a simple, sweet balsamic glaze.

Pizza: Half 1 – Erotic Piccante (spicy salami, sausage, chilli) and Half 2 – 4 Formaggi (mozzarella, gorgonzola, scarmorza, parmesan) – We were expecting a food orgasm from the Erotic Piccante but it was the 4 Formaggi that brought excitement to the table with its rich, bold flavours. Cheese lovers be prepared for a hit of almost holy, cheese induced joy (read: guilty pleasure). The Erotic Piccante was also highly satisfying, bringing a good kick to the old tastebuds with a strong spicy/chilli combination.

The absolute rule (or decree, since we are in Laos), when speaking of good food, is that fresh is best. And you really can’t get any fresher than watching pizza dough being handmade per order right in front of you. You can expect the talented pizza spinner at Lao Luna to conjure up a flawless dough disc and then cook it into a thin, soft base with a crunchy crust in the large wood fired oven.

Surprisingly, a request for the dessert menu brought a demonstration plate of sweets to our table. Although the display desserts looked slightly dry, we wanted to provide comment and opted for a crème brulee. Slightly watery and without the typical smooth consistency, it was edible but overall a disappointing end to an otherwise fantastic meal.

Lao Luna is certainly adding to the competition between Italian restaurants with its own authentic ‘little Italy’ taste sensations.

Lao Luna D’oro is located on Setthathirath Road (Opposite Khop Chai Deu).

–This review took place during a quiet lunch period. No comment can be made on wait times during busy periods.

The kitchens and ovens of Vientiane are heating up. The plethora of quality pizza places has us wondering – who can handle the heat?

Where is the best pizza at? Give us your comment!

Lao Luna Table

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Salad Lao Luna

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Story By: ZK
Translation: Vathida Phonekeo

2 Comments

  • I prefer lao luna to al capone,vientiane seems to be having a pizza war at the moment, al capone is way to expensive.

  • When it comes to pizza quality and choice, ambiance, value for money, unpretentiousness and warmth of welcome, Soul Kitchen is way better than either Lao Luna or Al Capone.