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“Very good food and service!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Trattoria Ponte Vecchio

Trattoria Ponte Vecchio
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Ranked #36 of 91 Restaurants in Del Mar
Price range: $20 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
California Desert, California
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201 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Very good food and service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2010

We have been here before and will try to return. We started with the butternut squash soup. It was delicious as well as the bread which accompanied it. Our entrees were so good and the service was great. You can park in the lot behind the restaurant or on the busy street in front.

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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
San Diego, California
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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Ambience, good food, cozy feeling...what more could you ask for...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2010

We were looking for a new place to experience with a friend and are very happy that other TripAdvisor members had recommend Ponte Vecchio. It's a smallish restaurant with about 10 tables inside, and several more outside, but the color scheme and size make for a friendly, intimate experience.

The wait staff was attentive without being overbearing, and the food was very good. I had the PENNETTE AL SALMONE which is salmon mixed with penne pasta and a pink vodka sauce. My girlfriend, who is a vegetarian, had the MELANAZANE ALLA PARMIGIANA, which is a traditional eggplant parmigiana. She really liked it. Our friend had the LINGUINI ALLA TOSCANA dish which is linguini pasta with chicken breast and artichoke in a pink vodka or white cream sauce.

And you HAVE to save room for the ZABAGLIONE dessert. It's fresh mixed berries topped with Zabaglione sauce. None of us had ever heard of that sauce before, or seen it at another restaurant, so we decided to be daring and WOW, it was very yummy. Lighter than we expected and the fruit (strawberries in this case) went very well with it. There was also some ice cream in the center, so this dessert really topped off the meal.

Only criticism is the signage and parking. We all drove past it a couple of times because the sign is on the side of the building, not the front facing Carmel Valley. And parking was a bit of a challenge. But overall it was worth the effort to find it. Would definitely go back and also recommend to friends.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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269 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Delicious Food - Romantic Atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2009

My husband and I had a hard time finding this little place but it was well worth it. The food was wonderful and we ate outside on the patio by candlelight. I had no complaints but my husband thought he could have used a bigger helping. We had just finished golfing and he was hungry. I, on the other hand, couldn't finish my dinner so he had my leftovers and everyone was happy. We will definitely have dinner here on our yearly trips to CA.

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fallbrook
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“not a mexican restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2009

best italian in del mar,great daily specials,great menu and wine list.very fresh.they know what are doing.

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del mar, ca
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62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Same location, better restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2009

Barones changed hands a couple years ago. The excellent Trattorria Ponte Vecchio is now in this location. My ratings are based on the current operation.

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