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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 #26 of 74 restaurants in Pacific Grove
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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46 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
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English first
Stockton, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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125 reviews 125 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
58 reviews 58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Pacific Grove, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Love Joe's pizza's. Crisp thin crust & delicious toppings. I especially like the mushroom & onion mixture. Joe also has good salads & lasagna, but we usually go for the pizza's. His restaurant next door is fantastic for dinner. Do try one or the other.

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Monterey, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Love this place for breakfast-they have all of normal items, just better prepared than most at reasonable prices. We have been here a number of times and the only caveat is that service can be just a little slow, but if you have the time it's an excellent choice. AND, the coffee is the best around-rich, flavorful and smelling like... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Tried two of the personal pizzas, and I couldn't tell you which I liked more. The owner chatted with every single guest. Everything was excellent.

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