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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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  • 186
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Outstanding discovery!

I was staying at a modest hotel in Monterey, and I wanted a nice meal. I figured the desk clerk might know something, but I would not expect him to eat at a high end place. I asked--and he told me "El Vecco" or something like that was supposed to be really good. I chekced tripadvisor--and drove... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Yorkriver
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yorktown virginia
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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yorktown virginia
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I was staying at a modest hotel in Monterey, and I wanted a nice meal. I figured the desk clerk might know something, but I would not expect him to eat at a high end place. I asked--and he told me "El Vecco" or something like that was supposed to be really good. I chekced tripadvisor--and drove there. I was... More 

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Point Richmond, CA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Il Vecchio (the old man) is a typical NorCal coastal Tratorria. We dined there this past Friday evening. Reservation honored on time. Waitress was Italian and put up with my limited Italian 101 practice. Rare to find a decent selection of Sicilian wines and this list did not disappoint. My wife is a Polenta fan. So her choice of a... More 

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Glen Allen, VA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We were lucky to find this lovely little restaurant a few blocks inland from our bay-front hotel. The food was excellent and a real value compared to the more well-known restaurants in area. I enjoyed a filet Mignon that rivaled any I've ever eaten, and a delicious braised pork dish. Couldn't have done better!

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Irvine, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Perhaps a new favorite in the Monterrey area! Party of six, every meal a winner. Not your standard Italian fare but well made, seasoned, and beautifully presented. The urban neo-rustic setting is a plus - wood paneling, bar and tables all custom designed and built by the owner's daughter. Make a reservation; after four years in business, the night-time waits... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Very authentic and nice fusion type of dishes. House wine is awesome and they will help pair you with many great bottles. The homemade pasta melts in your mouth and you feel very welcomed to be there.

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Hickman, CA
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134 reviews 134 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We stumbled in here for lunch on the recommendation of the gal next door at the tourist info building. They call it the Workers Lunch. For $9.50 you get salad and two pastas. You don't get to choose, as each day M-F they list what they are serving. They don't really make this clear as it appears that they assume... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I have now been to Il Vecchio four times. On three occasions, we so wanted to love it but each time something happens that was disturbing, frustrating and a total disappointment. The food is good and the prices are great but the service and overall attitude was lacking. On a busy night we were rushed through our meal and hovered... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

One of the newer restaurants in Pacific Grove. Decor is wonderful - warm , inviting, lots of wood and antiques. Our waitress was outstanding. Very nice, attentive, personable. Most of the food was good (but I wouldn't say great) but not so special that I would go back there frequently. One of the people in our party had a steak... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This popular restaurant in Pacific Grove has creative food, well executed. But our visit was badly marred by chaotic customer service. Patrons who made reservations were in open rebellion at long waits. And the kitchen had run out of just about everything when we sat down about 7 p.m.

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Modesto Ca
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My gf and I celebrated our 1 yr anniversary here and I'm sure glad we did. She was in the mood for Italian and after asking around, Il Vecchio came highly recommended from everyone we asked. It was pretty busy for a Sunday night and we did have to wait awhile, not an issue. The place looked lively and had... More 

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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
  • 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?