Cafe Fina Dominic Mercurio Cafe Fina

Cafe Fina

47 Fishermans Wharf, #1 (Del Monte Ave.)
Monterey, CA 93940
Cuisine: Italian / Seafood
It’s worth dealing with the throngs of tourists on Fisherman's Wharf to enjoy this little gem’s food that marries fresh ingredients and heirloom Italian recipes.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily
Cafe Fina, Monterey, CA

Cafe Fina Restaurant Review:

Cafe Fina is owned by Sicilian-American Dominic Mercurio, the son of a Sicilian fisherman. Not content to rest on his laurels after more than 25 years, he's constantly stepping up his game. He grows many of his own vegetables and he's not afraid to experiment with new dishes, but always refers back to his inspiration --- his mom's cooking. Her marinara sauce recipe makes for well-balanced pizzas out of the wood-burning oven, or try Dominic's special with pesto, sausage and vegetables. Paella is satisfyingly saffrony, and the chowder is some of the best on the wharf. Gelatos are creamy and bursting with flavor --- we couldn't stop eating the strawberry, even after a great meal. Be warned: Limoncello, also made on the premises, is a truly potent potable. Be prepared to get cozy with your neighbors, and if you can reserve a window seat, grab it. You can bring Fido along to dine on the pet-friendly patio.

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