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.