The best sauces, like the best imaginary friends, are rich and from the Mediterranean. Dine alone or with Esmeralda the railroad tycoon with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$34 for an Italian meal for two (up to a $69.90 total value)
- Two pasta or pizza entrees (up to a $22 value each)
- Two Aperol spritzes (a $12 value each)<p>
$65 for an Italian meal for four (up to a $139.80 total value)
- Four pasta or pizza entrees (up to a $22 value each)
- Four Aperol spritzes (a $12 value each)<p>
The menu includes entrees such as capricciosa pizza with smoked ham and fontina or squid-ink spaghetti tossed with local calamari. The Aperol spritz is an apéritif made with prosecco, soda water, and orange-flavored Aperol liqueur. Patrons can also opt to substitute any nonalcoholic beverage on the menu.<p>
At Cantinetta Luca, Chef Jason Balestrieri rolls out handmade pastas, wood-oven-baked pizza, and roasted whole fish. Enhanced by seasonal, local ingredients, his family-style Italian cooking earned Cantinetta Luca a 2012 readers’ award for Best Restaurant in Carmel from Monterey County Weekly. Balestrieri also cures salumi in-house to fill his signature antipasti plates, and has a salumeria next door.
Cantinetta Luca’s interior decor mirrors the Old World-style eats. Exposed brick covers a barrel-vaulted ceiling in one room, and dark-wood rafters crisscross overhead in another. Elsewhere, modern light fixtures cast their glow across contemporary furnishings, chiseled wood, and pillars of string cheese.
The bread and olive oil that they brought out was fantastic, as well as the house Chianti.Kate L, Yelp, 6/18/12
The service was fun and attentive, and the atmosphere was lovely!Alaina L, Yelp, 4/15/12
“Great food, Great service, Great ambiance!”
“Service and food were amazing ! Nothing else to say :)”
“The staff was wonderful and the salame and pizza and pasta -- all homemade and wonderful, too!”
Dolores St. between Ocean and 7th
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921