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110 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
831.324.4282
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12:00 pm - 1:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Imagine that you're winding your way through narrow streets near the...
Imagine that you're winding your way through narrow streets near the Pantheon in Rome. You stumble upon a crowded trattoria where servers hurry by carrying plates of pasta carbonara, rigatoni al pomodoro, bowls of gnocchi swimming in melted gorgonzola-as well as platters of grilled meats and sausage. The aromas are divine, the atmosphere lively and joyful. You have found Maccheroni, a tremendously popular trattoria owned by Luciano Flamini. A similar atmosphere has been created at il vecchio on the Monterey Peninsula. Il vecchio means "the old," and everything about this trattoria romana makes you think you've discovered a traditional dining spot favored by Roman cognoscenti.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely decor, great atmosphere, nice food

Lovely restaurant and after eating on the road in diners for a week, we were keen for some European food! The drinks were cheap and the food was good, however I wasn't keen on the rather thick pasta that came with the carbonara and the huge portions, although we had gotten used to expecting these... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
Jennifer S
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English first
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Lovely restaurant and after eating on the road in diners for a week, we were keen for some European food! The drinks were cheap and the food was good, however I wasn't keen on the rather thick pasta that came with the carbonara and the huge portions, although we had gotten used to expecting these in the States! Overall, a... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

One of the best Italian meals I've had. Our favourite dish was the ragù d'agnello con pappardelle. It was mouthwatering. Good wine list too. The restaurant does close a bit early so call before you go or make a reservation. Our waitress could have been friendlier but the food was so good and the atmosphere was so welcoming, it more... More 

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Salinas, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

In an area filled with excellent restaurants, this is a standout. The food is the Northern Italian of my childhood with the emphasis on full-flavored seafood and meat dishes, enhanced by but not buried under red sauce. Special evening events like family dinner and small plate nights give you the opportunity to try a variety of dishes. For example, family... More 

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Clayton, CA
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Had a wonderful dinner here on Saturday night. We had a reservation for 7:15pm but arrived a little early and we were actually seated early. The staff was very attentive, the food was great - in fact my dinner companion said that it was the best pasta he had ever had (the pasta with pesto sauce), had a lovely glass... More 

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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was great. Really cute, super friendly staff and amazing food. I had the Chicken Marsala which was incredible and it was 2 big pieces of chicken, very filling. Will be back next time I'm in the Monterey area for sure!

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San Diego
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We went here for dinner on the recommendation of our hotel and arrived right at opening. A large group had obviously reserved for a party, and they were seated in a back, somewhat separated area. There were just a few other patrons in the restaurant. Service was very slow and it took a good 20 minutes for anyone to even... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

For friendly, efficient service and luscious Italian flavors, come here. But make reservtions first. To us, Il Vecchio has become a regular stop on our frequent visits to Monterery/Carmel. The great thing about Monterey is that it is not as crowded as Carmel, so you can spread out a bit and not be crammed into a space that's too small.... More 

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Salinas, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Today we had a late lunch at Il Vecchio as they had a special menu offered from 1-4. The items offered were $5.00 each. We could not order anything from the regular menu. Their fantastic bread and dipping sauce was not offered. Our choices were limited to salad, three types of pasta, chicken and cod. The food was presented on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The restaurant has a great family atmosphere, the food was excellent and the service fast. Great place in Monterey peninsula.

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Carmel, California
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91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Dined here on a Wednesday night to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday, it turned out a success. The service was impeccable, friendly, professional while sensitive to timing of our conversation. The atmosphere was comfortable and seating such that we could easily carry on a quiet conversation without being overheard or having to speak loudly over the noise. The food was outstanding.... More 

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Additional Information about il vecchio

Address: 110 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone Number: 831.324.4282
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Monday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 110 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: 831.324.4282

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Imagine that you're winding your way through narrow streets near the Pantheon in Rome. You stumble upon a crowded trattoria where servers hurry by carrying plates of pasta carbonara, rigatoni al pomodoro, bowls of gnocchi swimming in melted gorgonzola-as well as platters of grilled meats and sausage. The aromas are divine, the atmosphere lively and joyful. You have found Maccheroni, a tremendously popular trattoria owned by Luciano Flamini. A similar atmosphere has been created at il vecchio on the Monterey Peninsula. Il vecchio means "the old," and everything about this trattoria romana makes you think you've discovered a traditional dining spot favored by Roman cognoscenti.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:30 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?