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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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  • 196
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  • 74
    Very good
  • 32
    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
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My wife and I just had dinner here for the second time (we live in SoCal). We absolutely love this place and will return whenever we are in town. The food is outstanding and the staff is very personable. I had the pollo con marsala and it was absolutely delicious. My wife had the braised pork... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Yorba Linda
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Seattle, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We ate here on a Monday evening, when they have a special that includes three different entrees (small portions) for $18. It was a pretty good deal I think, but the pasta was overcooked. The restaurant itself is very casual and there were several children that were not well managed. I got the feeling it was a favorite of the... More 

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Yorba Linda
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I just had dinner here for the second time (we live in SoCal). We absolutely love this place and will return whenever we are in town. The food is outstanding and the staff is very personable. I had the pollo con marsala and it was absolutely delicious. My wife had the braised pork shoulder and she loved... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

My boyfriend and I stopped in the area for the night and asked the hotel staff for a good locals restaurant. He recommended this and we couldn't have been happier. We had the burrata and pecora verde to start then carbonara and spaghetti with meatballs. The pasta had the perfect bite to it and the sauces were very well balanced.

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Arroyo Grande, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Enjoyed a delicious meal at this newer Italian restaurant in Pacific Grove. It was very busy at 6pm but we were able to get a table.

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Ohio
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My husband and I had dinner here tonight and loved it. We both had pasta dishes and they were both very good. We enjoyed watching other tables to see and smell what they had. We finished our meal with a vanilla gellato topped with a wonderful homemade sauce made from 12 year balsamic vinegar and strawberries- it was very memorable... More 

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179 reviews 179 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We had not been here for quits some time and it was not as good as we remembered....good but not great. They serve bread with a olive oil, bell pepper mix which is good. We started with the Salume e formaggi- very nice selection of meats and cheeses. I had the spaghetti and meatballs- the meatballs were dry and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The food was just great, the price was very low ($10 for full meal!), service was good. No selection of dishes. There's a daily dish. We live this kind of concept.

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Okay, here we go. I have eaten at this place several times over the past year or so and I have always been pleasantly pleased with the quality of the food presented to my table. I do recommend eating here but please do make reservations as the wait can be much too long if you just show up. In fact,... More 

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Cupertino, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The owners of this restaurant had lived in Italy and wanted to bring typical Italian fare to their US home. Several people recommended the place. The atmosphere is charming- there are chairs nailed to the wall for decor. The food is superb. Pasta is housemade and they feature traditional Chianti (hard to find in the US). We split Lamb Ragout... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Meatballs appetizer fantastic. Good house wine. Three main dishes uniformly excellent. I must make an excuse to go back to Monterrey and try again. Owner actually doubled as server, checked on meal, chatted amiably. Very nice ambiance. Try this place for sure. Dinner was about $100 for three.

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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?