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Paluca Trattoria

6 Fishermans Wharf, Apt 1, Monterey, CA 93940-7207
831-373-5559
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Ranked #45 of 257 Restaurants in Monterey
Price range: $8 - $14
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Welcome to our Trattoria. We’re an informal, rustic restaurant featuring traditional Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf fare alongside authentic rustic Italian.It’s the kind of place where as soon as you step in, you feel like one of the family. Paluca is a combination of the names of our two cherished boys, Paolo & Luca, who are the inspiration behind our unique home-style eatery.Your host, Sal Tedesco, was born in Sicily and grew up the son of one of the famous Italian fisherman who gave the Wharf its name. We feature Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf favorites including our famous Fish & Chips, Calamari & Clam Chowder. Our menu highlights some of Italy’s best dishes including Pasta Puttanesca, Pasta Palermo & Sicilian Prawns.The Tedesco family welcomes you with heart-felt Italian hospitality.
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Hilton Head Island
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90 reviews 90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We visited with our dog so we had to sit outside (they have a nice outside area) but it was quite blustery and bordering on cold. The owner brought out two large gas heaters and made it very comfortable. The food was very good; we had Porticello and Aglio with prawns. Both were outstanding and I am getting hungry writing... More

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London, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A warm friendly greeting as we entered the restaurant. I chose the Norwegian salmon linguini and my wife had the Trattoria chicken salad. Both were really good and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals. There is a choice of both inside and outside dining options with views looking out over the harbour. If we were staying in the area a little... More

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Houston, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Place was nice and romantic We well received by the owner-chef! Food was great; we enjoyed a bottle of wine with a fantastic view of the marine We got a nice dessert for my wife's celebration.

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Ankara, Turkey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Good service, kind waiter and delicious food. I recommend this restaurant to everyone. We ate fish and chips and pasta. Both of them are very good.

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Riverside, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Excellent food. Service was good. I had the gnocchi with pesto sauce, my wife had the same but with the marinara. The texture of the gnocchi was perfect, stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese the pesto sauce it was absolutely amazing. The marinara sauce was fantastic. The bread used for the Panini was delicious! If you want Italian and seafood... More

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Dallas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A nice little trattoria on the wharf with fresh seafood. Wonderful! Try the sand dabs. Pet friendly!

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Island of Malta, Malta
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Would definitely recommend this restaurant. As an Italian I have also promised myself never to eat pasta outside of Italy. But after seeing the plates and tasting a wonderful plate of carbonara at Paluca Trattoria, it felt like being back home. The food was delicious, the espresso is perfect. The staff very friendly and did not rush to bring the... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Spur of the moment choice, so we had to wait a bit. Once we got in, the service was wonderful and friendly. The Food was great and the Garlic fries were some of the best we had on our trip-(my daughter seemed to order them wherever we went.) Eating on the wharf just made it nicer. Wouldn't mind trying it... More

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Visalia, California
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172 reviews 172 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
1,662 helpful votes 1,662 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Yes I know the title might not be that appealing but I had their clam chowder and wow! The bread tasted extremely fresh, and delicious, the service was great too. I will sure come back and order something from the menu, I'm very happy with this place and if you are around you should definitely try it, maybe if you... More

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dallas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Its been two weeks since I had dinner at Paluca Trattoria and I'm still thinking about the salmon I had. This spot is easy to miss because it's just as you enter onto Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. It's to the right with indoor and outdoor seating that has a picturesque setting, overlooking Monterey Harbor. The seals barking adds the perfect... More

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