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il vecchio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Award winning authentic Italian food on the Monterey Peninsula. We serve dinner every night from 5 pm, Lunch Monday - Friday noon til 1:30 pm and Weekend Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am - 2 pm. You will enjoy our wine list with very reasonably priced wonderful wines. We now have a full bar. We have a catering menu and host rehearsal dinners and other special occasion large parties. Our food is loved by the locals for being consistently fresh and delicious. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Reviewed August 14, 2013

I have to say that most people hit up the local seafood spots when they come to Monterey/Pacific Grove. But if you are Italian Food lovers like we are, then Il Vecchio is a must. First, be sure to make a reservation or you will be standing/waiting for a while. The atmosphere is very comfortable and inviting. We tried the nightly special of heirloom tomato salad, and the polenta for appetizer. Both de-lish! We then moved on to the highly anticipated pasta entrees. I had the cannelloni and my husband the parpadelle with lamb ragu. Both outstanding. We ordered a bottle of wine and overall thought the meal was excellent and reasonably priced. Next time we are in town we will try it again.

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Thank travelingirl1969
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We came here with a large group the night before our wedding. It was a Monday night and we had the culinary adventure with the prix fixe menu. Everything was delicious and everyone enjoyed the food there. We had one guest who is allergic to seafood and they were able to easily accommodate him. We loved the atmosphere and the decor. This is someplace that I would definitely come back to.

Thank vhoornstra
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

After a long drive up Big Sur, on our first evening in Monterey we drove into town looking for somewhere to eat, but had had our fill of burgers and hot dogs. We found Il Vecchio purely by chance; it looked appealing and there was a parking space outside, so we decided to investigate. It was a Thursday night and the place was packed (although we didn't have to wait for a table), largely with local people and return trade, which is always a good sign. The service was very friendly and efficient, and our food was excellent. The owner/host came to chat to us at our table towards the end of the meal, which we really appreciated. Inevitably, on a road trip holiday, many of our meals were simple refuelling exercises, so it made such a nice change to come to a restaurant for a meal which was a pleasure in itself!

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Thank HanoiHannahLondon
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Solid Italian food. They have a good $10 M-F lunch served family style. IT gets crowed during the evenings, especially weekends, but you can eat at the bar

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Thank creativity2001
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Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Delicious meal- went here with my cousin on a Saturday evening without reservations (we were just strolling along the road & decided to try this place out), and they still found a corner table by the window for us to sit at by shuffling some of the planned reservations around. They even asked us "Is an hour enough time for you both? We unfortunately only have an hour before people with reservations are going to come in." An hour was more than enough time since our waitress was so prompt! Food was delicious and so was the beer they had on tap (golden gate ale I think it was called). I had the gnocchi dish w/ marinara sauce and my cousin had the rockfish with pesto. Both were absolutely fantastic! Highly recommend.

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