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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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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Salinas, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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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Pacific Grove, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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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Modesto, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

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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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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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103 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 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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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 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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California
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10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

We have gone to IL Vecchio for some years, and tonight we were VERY disappointed in our food. We were referred to the owner (who is NOT Italian, BTW) and he was quite arrogant. More or less told us that we should not have expected what we got before. NO OFFER to choose something else.....Just that it was more or... More 

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

During a recent trip to Monterey, our innkeeper recommended Il Vecchio's when we expressed a desire for pasta. Its a little off the beaten tourist path of Monterey so we were unaware of it. We were told it was the best pasta around (its homemade) and we were not disappointed. Our dinner was delicous and the service was top notch.... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Quick decision to go out to dinner... Good decision! Happily surprised with dinner. Very fresh and tasty. Lamb ragu on polenta was tasty choice and the gnocchi superb. Their gnocchi was very fresh with a tasty sauce. Grilled veggies as a side were nicely done without over doing it. Try their aperitif drinks! Interesting flavors you will not run into... More 

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Thank Sourdough145
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

This place is to die for. We made reservations for a Saturday evening for my grandmother's 80th birthday. The staff was kind and quick. I had the carbonaro and it was delicious. My fiance had the pesto gnocchi and it was amazing. So fresh and obviously made in house. I can't remember what everyone else had, but everyone also raved... 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, Business meetings
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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