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Joe Rombi's La Piccola Casa

212 17TH St, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3325
(831) 373-8116
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Ranked #33 of 74 Restaurants in Pacific Grove
Price range: $17 - $17
Cuisines: Italian, Mexican, Vegetarian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Lighthouse & Laurel
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.
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86% Recommend
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English first
Bethesda, Maryland
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
56 reviews 56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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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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San Ramon, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Side street in Pacific Grove found excellent comfy atmosphere and service. Seems like lots of locals eat here. Service was very attentive but not overly. Food good shared soup of day corn soup O.K. Shared house salad very fresh greens. Shared San Dabs with rice good. Nothing exceptional but would go back when inn Pacific Grove for comfortable feeling, service... More

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We were looking to go the his restaurant next door but, with no reservation the wait was more then 1 hour. We opted for La Piccola, thinking it would be good. We could not have been more wrong. The pizza was tasteless, lack of spice, the dough taste nothing. I don't quite understand all these positive reviews. If an Italian... More

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