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“Pretty good.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cantinetta Luca

Cantinetta Luca
Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-625-6500
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Ranked #36 of 125 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Pasta
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy featuring hand-crafted dishes using the finest Italian goods and locally sourced ingredients in a lively atmosphere. Executive Chef / Partner Jason Balestrieri shares his Italian culinary heritage and travels through handcrafted dishes prepared traditionally with a simple and rustic presentation. Starting with treasured family recipes passed down through generations the menu specialties include a hearty selection of source verified premium meats, first hand selected then hand-cut on site, a wide array of anitipasti including house cured artisan salume, wood-oven baked pizza offered at lunch, housemade pastas and sauces, and whole roasted fish.
Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Pretty good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here on a lark. Had bolognese and wine. Food excellent. Vibe was chill. Great wine list. Would come again. Pasta was appropriately sized and delish. Def eat here in a town full of Italian.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Las Vegas, Nevada
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Luca luscious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Had a bit of bread , pizza and carppaccio....delishh...
but the high point is nearby the Rodrique gallery and his world known Blue Dog.........

Visited June 2013
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Washington, DC
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Read some other reviews so was not sure what to expect. Gourmet pizzas and pastas were great as were the appetizers. The wine list if you like Italian vino was strong. The service (we were there on the late side so it wasn't too crowded) was also very good. Returned four days later and had a similar experience.

Visited June 2013
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Calgary
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3 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A truly Italian dinning experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

On a recent trip to Carmel we dined at the restaurant on 2 occasions. As frequent visitors to Italy we were favourably impressed. The restaurant offers an extensive menu with a complimentary wine list. The pizza from the wood burning oven is nothing short of superb and on par with most served in pizzerias in Italy. Service was pleasant and efficient. The deli next to the restaurant also serves excellent pannini at lunch time. Highly recommended.

Visited April 2013
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“Yummy Northern Italian!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Very good fresh pasta, fresh grilled artichoke, and a homemade olive tapenade to DIE for! Take some home!

Visited May 2013
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