Il Vecchio opened recently in Pacific Grove, CA. This marvelous, truly authentic Italian restaurant has already attracted a large and loyal local clientele - deservedly so, since its cuisine, decor and service are outstanding. Owner Carl Alasko spent years in Rome, from which he has imported his concepts for Il Vecchio with telling success. The menu specializes in genuinely traditional Italian dishes, of a kind rarely offered in so-called "authentic" Italian eateries in this country. The decor is a unique offering of found objects, antique furniture, and creative inspiration - visit brooklyntowest.blogspot.com for more about how the place was designed. All this is complemented by an excellent, reasonably priced list of Italian and domestic wines. One caution: reservations are definitely in order. Monterey Peninsula locals love this restaurant, so it's difficult to get a table without them.
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