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Cantinetta Luca

Dolores at Seventh St. (Ocean Ave.) Send to Phone
831-625-6500 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A casual yet elegant Italian restaurant with an open kitchen and an open heart.
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Lunch Fri.-Sun., Dinner nightly

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Dining room at Cantinetta Luca, Carmel, CA

Cantinetta Luca Restaurant Review

: With its strikingly modern décor and team of well-informed staff led by general manager Giuseppe Panzuto, Cantinetta Luca offers an elevated take on rustic, bold Italian flavors. House-cured salumi shaved paper-thin, some studded with fennel or peppercorns, are best paired with soft, silky burrata and crostini. Chef Jason Balestrieri’s expertise and Italian heritage shine through the rest of the menu: nicely grilled octopus with charred lemon on a bed of couscous; crispy molten arancini with Fontina; and seasonal pastas that are pure comfort. The all-Italian wine list contains gems such as Falanghina and Moscato D'Asti, the latter harmonizing with a dolcetto of house-made banana-Nutella gelato. If in season, make a beeline for the creamy pumpkin budino.

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