It was 12:30 on a weekday, and Luna Pizza Pasta Wings in O’Fallon was bustling.
Eddie McCann and about a dozen other diners worked their way through the buffet line. Eddie, 32, loaded up on sauteed vegetables, a few wings and some salad before slipping over to the pizza choices.
“It’s fast and easy for lunch to come here,” said the construction worker from Fairview Heights. “This is the third time I’ve been here. Last time I tried the Pasta Con Broccoli from the menu. It was better than any I ate anyplace else.”
That’s what general manager Scott Gilbert wants to hear.
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“While we have the menu, we want people to take advantage of the buffet” whether they’re short on time or just want a variety, he said. The lunch buffet, offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, is $9.99. The all-day buffet on Sundays is $10.99.
“For the buffet, we try to mix it up and offer multiple entrees as well as salad and pizza,” Scott said.
Luna took over operation of the former Schiappa’s site in October, did some redecorating and “lots of training” of staff, said Scott, before opening Dec. 12.
For the buffet, we try to mix it up and offer multiple entrees as well as salad and pizza.
General manager Scott Gilbert
The menu is served all day. From the appetizer selection, try the Braised Ravioli, lightly breaded ravs filled with shredded beef, pork and asiago cheese. Served with marinara, it’s $8.
Salads are served in half or full sizes and include Luna’s House Salad ($6/$10), with mixed greens tossed with salami, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, pepperoncini, mozzarella and house Italian dressing.
You get 11 pasta choices, including Garlic Cheese Tortellini topped with Alfredo or marinara sauce for $11. Blackened Chicken Penne ($12) is served in a spiced cream sauce. All pastas come with breadsticks. Add a side salad or soup for $2.29.
Try a stromboli or meatball sub for $8. From the grill entrees, a 9-ounce seared salmon filet served with a side is $16. Like Eggplant Parmesan? It’s a very popular off-the-menu item for $13 with a side.
Pizza comes in seven sizes, from an 8-inch personal Sicilian for $8 up to the whopping 36-inch cheese version for $50. For $14, try the Focaccia Bread, a rectangular deep-pan pizza topped with tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, diced onions, Romano cheese and spices.
Luna wings are crispy and tossed in your choice of nine sauces: mild, hot, scorching, sweet hot, sweet mild, honey mustard, honey barbecue, Caribbean jerk and teriyaki. Ten wings are $10 and get up to 50 for $40. Boneless wings are 16 for $10 and eight for $6.
Whenever a St. Louis Blues hockey game is playing, order 20 wings ($18) and get at 9-inch cheese pizza for 99 cents. Kids eat free on Tuesdays.
The casual Italian eatery has wood and tile floors and cream-colored walls, with plenty of seating options, from a cozy area with a fireplace to being close to the action (the buffet line) to three private rooms you can rent. The full bar, with flat-screen TVs overhead, has high-top tables and access through French doors to the covered patio.
When you come in the front door, your eyes are drawn to the dessert display, which likely will include the triple-layer carrot cake, $6.25 for a huge slice. On the chalkboard above the display will be some of the wines offered from the extensive collection. On Wednesday, you can get a bottle of house wine for $12 to go with your meal.
Scott said Luna does a lot of catering, which can be delivered or picked up, both with advance notice.
Luna Pizza Pasta Wings
- What: Serves lunch and dinner by menu, as well as buffet-style, plus a full bar.
- Location: 1411 W. Highway 50, O’Fallon (across from Walmart)
- Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays; to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and to 8 p.m. Sundays
- Handicapped accessible: Yes
- Information: 618-624-1900 or www.lunaofallon and on Facebook