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il vecchio

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110 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3016
18313244282
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Costa Mesa
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hostess was nice, but the service lagged. We were not checked on and had to ask different people for help or for water. On the other hand, the meal, the sustenance was like having a bubble bath of flavors where the delight was too engage yourself in the detail of depths in minimal simplistic cuisine. Each of us chose... More 

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Orange County, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tasty a la carts menu items. We only had the pastas and an order of Italian bread. Fresh pasta and savory sauces. Go when they open at 5pm to get a table. After that, it's a wait!

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Thank C W
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted pasta but didn't want to go to any of the tourist traps on Cannery Row so we headed up to Lighthouse Street and found Il Vecchio. We had excellent fresh homemade pasta which was great value. I recommend the pappardelle with lamb ragu and the rigatoni with pork and beef. The staff were very friendly and service was... More 

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Thank Michelle S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is great restaurant. Extensive menu, friendly service.We ordered a small pizza for starters and then four differant mains. All had great flavors and quantity. No room for desert.

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Thank Colin C
Boise, Idaho
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was superb. We had a party of 14, and were accommodated nicely. Service was great even with a busy night. We were treated wonderfully, and did I say Excellent food?

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Thank laluzjeep
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved this restaurant. Genuine and unpretentious and as it does not do pizza it is great for those of us who love a good pasta dish. Staff were charming and courteous. Highly recommended.

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Thank KitHare
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch special is fantastic, $10.85 for salad and pasta. Quickly served and delicious. Way better than eating at the aquarium and only a few minutes walk away

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Lutz, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife & I had dinner here & we thought the overall experience was good. The pizza was fried first & then baked. The pasta dish was tender beef with rigatoni & was good tasting, but it was not hot. The desert was a little disappointing, because it was made ahead & frozen. We had the chocolate gelato dessert with... More 

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Thank michael g
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Monterey is definitely more popular than Pacific Grove for the dining area. Il vecchio is a cute rustic Italian restaurant. Come early to get the best seats and make reservations if eating a late dinner. Fun fact: no chairs are the same! Anyway, bread with oil and balsamic are served on a wood cutting board. The polenta with ragu sauce... More 

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Thank kat M
Oakland
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We found il vecchio while we were on vacation in Monterey/Pacific Grove. Our family of 5 didn't have a reservation, yet we were seated within 10-15 minutes of arriving. Our food, service and all-around experience was wonderful. Our waiter was personable and engaging with us. Will definitely return to il vecchio when in town. (BTW: ask about all of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3016
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
  • Phone Number: 18313244282
Description
Imagine that you're winding your way through narrow streets near the Pantheon in Rome. You stumble upon a crowded trattoria where servers hurry by carrying plates of pasta carbonara, rigatoni al pomodoro, bowls of gnocchi swimming in melted gorgonzola-as well as platters of grilled meats and sausage. The aromas are divine, the atmosphere lively and joyful. You have found Maccheroni, a tremendously popular trattoria owned by Luciano Flamini. A similar atmosphere has been created at il vecchio on the Monterey Peninsula. Il vecchio means "the old," and everything about this trattoria romana makes you think you've discovered a traditional dining spot favored by Roman cognoscenti.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?