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Stroll along 17th St., between Lighthouse and Laurel and you will find one of the Peninsula’s favorite spots, La Mia Cucina. This little jewel, with its fresh ambiance and tantalizing menu, is popular with everyone. The colorful European advertising posters that enliven the walls, are “originals, not reproductions.” That phrase is accurate in describing La Mia Cucina itself. From the comfortable linen white decor, accented beautifully by those turn-of-the-century posters, to the hand-crafted entrees and desserts, everything about La Mia Cucina says fresh and original. Owner Michael’s specialty, his ravioli dishes, are a renowned local favorite, and for good reason. They are hand made, with all
$21 - $34
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed June 15, 2020

We made a reservation for a birthday dinner. Arrived at the restaurant seated immediately at our table they had put birthday glitter. We can not say enough had delicious their food is. The staff is amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed February 19, 2020

I'm from the east coast, so I'm always looking for Italian places that remind me of home This one is it. You're made to feel as if you're family here. The hostess greeted me by name when I checked in! Everything was amazing, service, ambiance,...food, menu, etc. Our meal came with a free bruschetta appetizer & herb/onion focaccia bread. Both were fantastic. I got the veal saltimbocca, while I was disappointed with the side dishes (rice/asparagus/carrots, would've loved pasta or polenta instead) the veal was fantastic. My friend had the lobster ravioli & we both wanted to lick the bowl. That sauce is to die for. Yummy! My friend had the cannoli & it was an odd recipe, it had lemon in it & no chocolate chips. Not bad, just not what we were expecting. The Tiramisu was fantastic! I'd eat here again in a heart beat. Order the lobster ravioli!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 17, 2020

Our experience at La Mia Cucina was wonderful. Being near the ocean we wanted either seafood or fish and were not disappointed. We had a spectacular seafood "bolognese" on fettuccine. Our compliments to the chef! But what really made the evening was our delightful waiter-Giovanni....We had lovely conversations throughout our dinner about food, travel and life. It was lovely to connect with people and here their stories and be treated like famiglia.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

We have been here at least 8 times and it is fabulous!! House made pastas and desserts! Food and service on point!! Always awesome!

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed February 1, 2020

We were delighted to find how many items were gluten free. Eggplant Parmesan was amazing. Sandabs were excellent. The server was welcoming and knowledgeable. Salad/soup/vegetavles are included in entree. This place is busy, so get a reservation.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 29, 2019 via mobile

I almost never write bad reviews, but I feel an obligation to this time. My husband and I are on vacation in Pacific Grove and chose La Mia Cucina for this evening‘s dinner. We would always rather support a local family owned restaurant as opposed...to a chain, of which there are plenty on nearby Cannery Row. However, this one should be overlooked. All of the staff treated us wonderfully. The ambience is nice. But the food is awful. I ordered the Eggplant Parmigiana, and it was simply disgusting. No breading to speak of. Just completely mushed eggplant covered in marinara and mozzarella. I ate a few bites to be polite, but that was all I could stomach. It was served with rice instead of pasta, which is bizarre for an Italian restaurant. But at least it was edible. I barely made it home before I began gagging. Steer clear.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 23, 2019

We arrived at opening time, maybe a few minutes early, and were asked to wait outside. It was raining, so I was a little irritated with this, but once it hit 5:00 we were welcomed and seated. Excellent service, food & ambiance. I could tell...this is a locals’ favorite. Don’t miss it.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 12, 2019

Wonderful atmosphere, reminiscent of a New York favorite. Food is done to perfection, good choices. Friendly service without being overly intrusive. Priced right for the area. Looks like nothing from the outside so the inside is a very nice surprise.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019

All food prepared fresh and delicious. Indoor and outdoor dining. Unfortunately in a small space and very popular so you may have a wait for a table. They serve and exceptional breakfast.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

This place was recommended to us by the host of our Airbnb. Turned out to be very good choice. The food was excellent, fresh, fabulous labor. As is everything in that part of the country, it was moderately expensive, but it was very good.

Date of visit: October 2019
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