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il vecchio

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110 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
18313244282
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 days ago NEW 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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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Thank Larry W
Salinas, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I liked everything about this restaurant. The food was excellent and authentic. The atmosphere and service were great. I also enjoyed my dessert, a vanilla gelato sundae with pistachios, caramel, and panna. Bravissimo!

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Thank fred33002
Pacific Grove, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite places for a nice dinner out whenever we're in town. Great Italian food with a rustic and comfortable ambiance.

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Thank Travelgirl95648
Modesto, California
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7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our dinners. There were 4 of us and all the dinners were good. I would not say the food or restaurant was excellent, but it was good. Casual, no tablecloths or feeling of a special night, but nice. Not sure if I would go back, as we do not live in the area, so it has to be... More 

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Thank jmirish2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By far our favorite meal during our stay in Monterey. It's located just off cannery row, about a 15 minute walk from The Monterey Plaza Hotel. The food is authentic Italian, made from scratch delicious at a fair price. The owner(s) is/are clearly passionate about their restaurant and go to great lengths to create the perfect rustic atmosphere and dining... More 

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Thank Elyse S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We we're looking for a pizza Resturant whilst here in beautiful Monterey and was recommended to go here We we're welcomed and sat down to be told it's pizza night Great I thought I was given 3 to choose from so I asked if I could adjust it and have peppers and onions / vegetarian Style on a margarita No... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the recommendation of our hotel's executive chef, we made a reservation and met a friend for dinner with fingers crossed. We are all relatively adventurous, so we chose a couple of appetizers, some entrees, and uncorked the wine. The ambiance is cozy---flagstone floors, wooden tables, mismatched chairs, and a fireplace. Our buratta, tomato, basil appetizer arrived accompanied by 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
Special occasions, Large groups, 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 Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
  • 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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