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“Great pasta and salads”
Review of il vecchio

il vecchio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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 Sunday Brunch every Sunday from 11 am - 2 pm. You will enjoy our wine list with very reasonably priced wonderful wines. We also serve beer. 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 November 12, 2013

Staying a couple of nights in pacific grove and were looking for a good meal, not too much and not too expensive. We were seated immediately, given menus, brought water and bread with a plate of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, roasted red pepper. Delicious, although when I took a photo of it it looked like intestines. Shared spaghetti with creamy pesto sauce and a green salad with white and red beans. Perfect amount for moderate appetites. Smarmy waiter, but we're good at ignoring. Going back for their "Workman's Lunch," $9.50 for 2 pastas, salad, soup, and I think a dessert. Family style.

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Reviewed November 8, 2013

Been here several times and hardly disappointed! Decided to go there last minute with my friend and after the dinner rush (about 8pm) on a Friday night. Sat us by the fireplace and service was attentive all throughout our dinner service. Had a salad and the Spaghetti Pesto (yummy) and my friend had the fish special (also yummy). No dessert - we were stuffed!

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1  Thank Irma M
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

This has become our favorite Italian restaurant in the Monterey area. Have been there over 10 times now and every meal has been excellent, as has been the service. Spouse loves their chicken Marsala and has had it over and over. If you like liver you must try it here! Very savory. Best I've ever had. Mussels are outstanding, too. This chef knows how to cook!!

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

The decor is quite interesting -- rustic and a little funky -- but we were very disappointed by the quality of the food, particularly after reading all the rave reviews posted earlier. Our entrees were pedestrian, long on pasta and short on meat, and we were disappointed by the lack of pasta/seafood combinations. No "con vongole" in this establishment. There was only one beer on offer, a "no-name" local. The dessert menu included a lemon gelato, which in fact was a sorbet. We were also not impressed by having to wait even though there were a number of empty tables.

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1  Thank corister
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

This was a wonderful "final" meal to our girls weekend - we got lucky with every dinner being fantastic and this did not disappoint. Waiter was excellent, wine delicious, entrees were served with very fresh ingredients, and dessert was delcious as well. My only tiny complaint was that Limoncello would have been nice to have with the very Italian meal but they did not have a liquor license, apparently. However, we tried a dessert wine which was delicious so no harm done! Great all around! Interior was fun and felt authentic, as well.

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Thank Lauren G
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