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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.

Over 2 decades 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 now hosting private events of every kind from weddings to corporate gatherings.

Parker makes yearly trips to Italy sampling the authentic cuisine, speaking like a native with the locals and his wife, Nicole painting the scenery “en plein air”. See below about Nicole and her artwork at Caffé Luna.

Photo: Parker visits the Tuscan vineyard of the Frescobaldi wine family , one of many outstanding wine brands others offered by Caffe Luna

Art at Caffé Luna by Nicole White Kennedy, AIS – website: www.nicolestudio.com

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. Nicole is well known for her award winning paintings of Italy and over the years has become an artist of national acclaim exhibiting around the United States in juried competitions, winning awards along the way and featured in numerous publications. Nicole was awarded signature membership in American Impressionist Society and Women Painters of the Southeast.

If you see a painting hanging in Caffe Luna that you are interested in, please contact Parker Kennedy while at the restaurant or just email nicole@nicolestudio.com. All of Nicole’s works – including what’s hanging at Caffe Luna can be viewed on her website www.nicolestudio.com

Nicole's teaches art workshops for any level from Raleigh to Italy… and now even at Caffe Luna! Interested in taking an art class? Visit Nicole's website to view the latest workshop schedule!

Sampling of articles featuring Caffe Luna

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