About us

Luna History

After having worked in NYC for over 20 years as a top wine salesman for one of the largest distributors in the country, Parker Kennedy not only became an expert on Italian cuisine and fine wines, but also became fluent in the language.

In 1996 Parker Kennedy moved back to his hometown, Raleigh, with his wife, Nicole to pursue a life long dream ...open an Italian restaurant. Parker's dream came true on April 30, 1996 when Caffé Luna opened its doors.

Years later, Caffé Luna has grown from an 80 seat Trattoria to over 200 seats, three private party rooms and a terrace. Luna, (as it is called by regulars) is located in the historic Montague building and has expanded three times.

Art at Caffé Luna by Nicole Kennedy & Studio artists

At Caffé Luna, it’s not just the cuisine that will take you to Italy. Feast your eyes on original artwork depicting iconic scenes around Italy by Nicole White Kennedy, Parkers wife. Over the years, Nicole has become an artist of national acclaim, exhibiting locally and throughout the US in many juried competitions, winning awards along the way. Her works have been featured in numerous publications.

Nicole Kennedy also owns Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery a few blocks north of Luna. The gallery represents over 20 artists from local to nationally recognized, has rotating exhibits and is open on First Fridays. Nicole's Studio also offers exciting art classes and has become the #1 gallery in NC for art workshops.

If you see a painting hanging in Caffe Luna that you are interested in purchasing, you can contact the gallery directly below o ask for Parker Kennedy in the restaurant.

Please visit the gallery on line: www.nicolestudio.com

Nicole's Studio & Art Gallery,
719 N. Person Street Raleigh, NC 27604 • Gallery: (919) 838-8580 • emai: l nicole@nicolestudio.com


November 2014: Featured article in Boom! Magazine

April 2006
Tuscany’s Marchese Ferdinando Frescobaldi of the reknowned Frescobaldi wine family visits Caffé Luna on April 19th  for a special wine dinner in his honor.

OCT 2005:
Parker Kennedy is honored with a special invitiation to dine with The Marchese Di Frescobaldi in Tuscany...

Southern Living
Raleigh News & Observer
Triangle Business Journal
Our State
Fuquay Independent


Caffé Luna - 136 East Hargett St. Downtown Raleigh, 27601
(919) 832-6090