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“Amazing dinner experience”
Review of il vecchio

il vecchio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, 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 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 25, 2014

What can i say? Possibly the best place i have ever eaten! The monday special offer was perfect. You get to choose three courses of their most popular food but in smaller portions. Great idea and great food and staff to match that. If your looking for a quality place to eat, go there!

Thank Fraser M
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Reviewed August 23, 2014

We were spending the night in Pacific Grove to start off our Highway 1 road trip. What to eat for dinner? My son suggests Italian. Trip Advisor to the rescue! Other posts suggest il Vecchio and we were so glad they did! Wow! We were greeted by the owner while we waited for a table. Once sat, fresh bread was brought to our table served with a dipping oil. Yum! Authentic Italian, the food was so flavorful my son said it was the best spaghetti he's ever had. Spaghetti happens to be one of his favorite foods and he's had plenty of it so is a pretty good judge. My husband had the Chicken Marsala, which was more flavorful than any we've ever had. I ordered and enjoyed every bite of the Canneloni ( I believe that's the spelling but not sure) it was so rich and creamy and each of the distinct flavors joined to create tasty bliss. Service was superb. If we ever find ourselves in the area again, we will certainly return!

Thank helovesmedm
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Reviewed August 21, 2014

Il Vecchio is one of my most favorite restaurants in the Monterey Bay area. I frequent this restaurant and it never disappoints. When dining here please keep in mind it has the traditional Italian atmosphere; eat slowly, enjoy the food and wine! The mussels are my favorite dish!

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

Il Vecchio's is a medium priced but top of the line restaurant. They are located close to the Aquariuim and this is a plus for couples and groups who want something good to eat. I had a bowl of creamy, cheesy polenta with a ragu sauce on top. Rose had a large dinner salad with grilled chicken, tomatoes and eggs that she couldn't finish. Our friends had tortellini and a braised pork dish with vegetables and potatoes. We each had a glass of excellent wine and the tab came to just over $100. It was a great dinner in a nice setting with excellent service.

Thank Joe-Lincoln-CA
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

We keep reading and hearing that the Monterey Peninsula offers some of the best dining in California (excluding San Francisco and Los Angeles). We are continually finding this to be true – and you can with a trip to IL VECCHIO in Pacific Grove (near the border of Monterey). Every time we would drive by IL VECCHIO we would see a constant stream of diners heading into the restaurant. It’s some of the best Italian fare we have ever had, anywhere. A mighty strong declaration, but for our multiple Italian tastes – very accurate. We began with the baked zucchini ripiene appetizer stuffed with Molinari sausage – extraordinary. It was just enough for two to share. Our main courses consisted of gnocchi al pesto - potato dumplings with basil pesto (walnuts, garlic, parmigiano) cream and rigatoni con ragù toscano - pasta with beef and pork ragù, and a touch of cream. It was tasty, not overdone and just the right amount of flavors to make you smile. The dessert was an in-house made canolli. The shell was light and fluffy and crisp with the right amount of ricotta. IL VECCHIO is a place that we can’t wait to bring our friends to (especially those from SF and LA) and we can’t wait to go back again, and again. By the way, the server was top notch — we can’t forget that either. On the “Tommy B Restaurant Rating Scale” from “A” to “F” -- IL VECCHIO gets a big big “A+”.

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