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 from Three Options
- $12 for $24 worth of Italian cuisine at lunch on Saturday or Sunday
- $20 for $40 worth of Italian dinner cuisine and drinks for two or more, Sunday–Thursday
- $34 for $70 worth of Italian dinner cuisine and drinks for four or more, Sunday–Thursday
The menu includes entrees such as capricciosa pizza with smoked ham and fontina ($17.95), squid-ink spaghetti tossed with local calamari ($22.95), and braised Colorado lamb shank with taggiasca olives and rosemary ($28.95). The lunch option is valid between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and the dinner options are valid between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
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.
Great food. Nice atmosphere. Beautiful wine closet...The salads were amazing.Reviewer, 10/19/12
wonderful find in carmel. burrata, papparadelle and house-made salumi cotto all mustsReviewer, 1/28/12
Tips from Groupon Customers
“Fabulous food, OMG salume extraordinare, got to try their salumeria next door, happy shout out to Jonathan our attentive and professional server, beautiful...”
“Fabulous food, OMG salume extraordinare, got to try their salumeria next door, happy shout out to Jonathan our attentive and professional server, beautiful surroundings and cool vibe, Audrey saved us a special window booth for our anniversary, pizza oven specialities par excellence, all around positive and delightful; experience! Definitely will be back! Thank you Groupon for the offer to discover Cantinetta Luca!”
“Be ready to enjoy some of the best Italian food ever!”
“Wait staff very friendly, service very slow...next time I would order meat tray and a pizza, looked better than what I ordered, which was still good. Nice ambience,...”
“Wait staff very friendly, service very slow...next time I would order meat tray and a pizza, looked better than what I ordered, which was still good. Nice ambience, check our deli adjacent ”
Dolores St. between Ocean & 7th
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921Get Directions