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Joe Rombi's La Piccola Casa

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Italian, Mexican, Vegetarian
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212 17TH St, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3325 (Lighthouse & Laurel)
(831) 373-8116
Today
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 6:30 am - 11:30 am
Wed - Sun 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Stroll along 17th St., between Lighthouse and Laurel and you will find one...
Stroll along 17th St., between Lighthouse and Laurel and you will find one of the Peninsula’s favorite spots, La Mia Cucina. This little jewel, with its fresh ambiance and tantalizing menu, is popular with everyone. The colorful European advertising posters that enliven the walls, are “originals, not reproductions.” That phrase is accurate in describing La Mia Cucina itself. From the comfortable linen white decor, accented beautifully by those turn-of-the-century posters, to the hand-crafted entrees and desserts, everything about La Mia Cucina says fresh and original. Owner Michael’s specialty, his ravioli dishes, are a renowned local favorite, and for good reason. They are hand made, with all the care that only a lifetime of creative food combining can bring. In addition to pasta, La Mia Cucina is known for it's fresh fish and meat specials. The desserts are made in-house by his wife Paula and daughter Michaela, and the service is personal and inviting.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Quick pizza in Pacific Grove

On a weekday afternoon, we did takeout pizza. This place is located just a block off Lighthouse Ave, the "main drag" of Pacific Grove. The pizzas are sized for one person, so we had 3 to feed 2 hungry adults. They were ready in about 10 minutes. We tried the vegi, the margarita, and the wild... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2014
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Palo Alto, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
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52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Palo Alto, California
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

On a weekday afternoon, we did takeout pizza. This place is located just a block off Lighthouse Ave, the "main drag" of Pacific Grove. The pizzas are sized for one person, so we had 3 to feed 2 hungry adults. They were ready in about 10 minutes. We tried the vegi, the margarita, and the wild mushroom. The wild mushroom... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This place is coffee-shop quaint with a casual vibe and good, reasonably priced Italian food. You order at the counter and get your own water, utencils, etc. Very casual and easy to take kids. Fun, cozy, and different!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The food is straightforward - pizza and pasta -- and is good. This is not a place for atmosphere, as you place your order at a counter and then sit down with a number at your table. But for a solo traveler looking for a nice Italian pasta meal and glass of wine, this is your place!

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Madera, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Recently traveled from the Valley to a family party, stopped to pick up some Lasagna and sauce to take. It was fresh and delicious, and the sauce is yummy!

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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Have eaten here many times and they have the best Italian food anywhere. Couple that with the great service and atmosphere and you have a very special place!!

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Stockton, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We love Pacific Grove and EVERY time we visit we go to Joe Rombi's. They have the best calamari appetizer, generous portions, and great atmosphere. The new owner is extremely friendly and warms the environment beautifully. Will be there Saturday night! Cannot wait to return.

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San Francisco, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We were not in the mood for a fancy sit-down-wait-for-table-service-then-overpay sort of dinner. This comfy nicely-appointed small eatery fit the bill: excellent food, order at the counter, served at your table. Perfect.

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This is a little old Victorian House transformed into a comfortable feel good place to go and eat and the food is just so darn good. Great coffee and breakfast goodies in the morning, sit outside on the porch and catch the sun rays, bring your best friends with you and have a great time. Inside is charming and you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I very much enjoyed the 4-cheese pizza here and I've eaten pizza around the globe. It had lots of cheese, the way like it, and the crust was halfway between a thin crust and a traditional thick crust type. You have to order at the counter and then it will be brought to your table. I would advise, however, to... More 

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Brisbane
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

A great little resturant with friendly staff, great pizzas and one of tastiest tiramisu deserts we have eaten in a long time. We will definitely return.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 212 17TH St, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3325
    (Lighthouse & Laurel)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: (831) 373-8116

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 17
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mexican, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Stroll along 17th St., between Lighthouse and Laurel and you will find one of the Peninsula’s favorite spots, La Mia Cucina. This little jewel, with its fresh ambiance and tantalizing menu, is popular with everyone. The colorful European advertising posters that enliven the walls, are “originals, not reproductions.” That phrase is accurate in describing La Mia Cucina itself. From the comfortable linen white decor, accented beautifully by those turn-of-the-century posters, to the hand-crafted entrees and desserts, everything about La Mia Cucina says fresh and original. Owner Michael’s specialty, his ravioli dishes, are a renowned local favorite, and for good reason. They are hand made, with all the care that only a lifetime of creative food combining can bring. In addition to pasta, La Mia Cucina is known for it's fresh fish and meat specials. The desserts are made in-house by his wife Paula and daughter Michaela, and the service is personal and inviting.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday
6:30 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?