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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 - 11:30 am
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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

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    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
A Wonderful Meal

As we wandered around Pacific Grove one Sunday night looking for a place to eat supper, we found La Piccola Casa. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. My niece and I had Roma panini - tomato, mozzarella, and basil and a salad with a delicious homemade dressing (blue cheese) - $8.95. I took... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Jenny W
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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
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54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

As we wandered around Pacific Grove one Sunday night looking for a place to eat supper, we found La Piccola Casa. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. My niece and I had Roma panini - tomato, mozzarella, and basil and a salad with a delicious homemade dressing (blue cheese) - $8.95. I took half of the panini and salad... More 

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Antioch, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My wife had a calamari burger...FRESH FRESH FRESH! My girls had two slices of pepperoni pizza that they enjoyed. I had the soup of the day, which happened to be an amazing bowl of Red bean soup. We love this place and I'm glad my wife chose to eat here as we were walking on one of the side streets.

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Palo Alto, California
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141 reviews 141 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
22 helpful votes 22 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
72 reviews 72 reviews
55 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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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?