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La Mia Cucina
La Mia Cucina

La Mia Cucina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://joerombi.com
  • Phone: (831) 373-2416
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Scanlon
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: La Mia Cucina offers two different rooms for parties.
    The smallest is the Bacchis which holds up to 24 in the upstairs dining room.
    For large parties the restaurant can seat up to 60.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Scanlon (831) 373-2416

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lighthouse & Laurel
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Large, free parking lot across from restaurant.
A word from La Mia Cucina
Stroll along 17th St., between Lighthouse and Laurel and you will find one of the Peninsula’s favorite spots, La Mia Cucina. This little jewel, with its fresh ambiance and tantalizing menu, is popular with everyone. The colorful European advertising posters that enliven the walls, are “originals, not reproductions.” That phrase is accurate in describing La Mia Cucina itself. From the comfortable linen white decor, accented beautifully by those turn-of-the-century posters, to the hand-crafted entrees and desserts, everything about La Mia Cucina says fresh and original. Owner Michael’s specialty, his ravioli dishes, are a renowned local favorite, and for good reason. They are hand made, with all the care that only a lifetime of creative food combining can bring. In addition to pasta, La Mia Cucina is known for it's fresh fish and meat specials. The desserts are made in-house by his wife Paula and daughter Michaela, and the service is personal and inviting.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Rice ball apps, good. Minestrone very bland - no salt Eggplant Parm - terrible. Coating completely mushy ( I suspect not made fresh) Tomato sauce was ok Cannoli - filling ok, nothing special but the shell was uneatable. Hard, dry, stale Chef spent a lot of time in dining room, maybe that was part of the problem but we won't be back with so many great places in PG and Monterey"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Lovely small restaurant, good, reliable, tasty food"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "well received and and impressed with catering to gluten allergy. my meal was at best average/not very flavorful. my wife had ordered the new York Steak which had a lot of gristle. when mentioned to the waiter he dismissed us/received no attention to that or offer to cook another steak. quite disappointing overall."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Tucked away back off of PG's restaurant row. You'll be very glad you found it. Everything is delicious and made from scratch. Hosts and staff are charming and fun. Also great options for people with food allergies."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Super attentive, friendly service in a cozy dining room. Traditional Italian food is their specialty and their focaccia is made on site. Mid price range for meals served on white tablecloths. Relaxed atmosphere accommodates casual or dressy attire."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had eaten at a highly regarded Pacific Grove restaurant the night before and wanted to match that experience with another great one. We waffled between going to Monterrey, or staying in the neighborhood of our B&B in Pacific Grove, and we made the right choice. I have come to rely on reviews in deciding on a place, not the looks of a place or the published menu. La Mia Cucina is a delightful place with a very engaged and committed owner, Paula. This little gem is hidden away on a side-street to Lighthouse Drive, and the food is out-of-sight."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Paula and the team prepared wonderful meals and served them in a great setting. I'll definitely go back. The ravioli was especially fantastic."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "La Mia Cucina has become a new favorite. The food is delicious and the service is friendly and prompt. Paula greets everyone like family and MIke's kitchen turns out flavor to spare. Frequent Monterey visitors, we are now residents. This restaurant is tops on our list of "go back often.""
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Assolutemente! We are English-speaking Americans, but this place inspires a little Italian! Can't believe it has been right under our noses for the past 18 years and we just discovered it. Keegan, our waiter, said they just went on Open Table not long ago- so that's the reason. Sand dabs prepared in unique non-oliy manner. Crab/shrimp cake also unique. Pasta putanesca was outstanding. Deserts are indescribable. Wine good and priced more than fair by the glass. Called friends and they already went here and loved it- recommend petrel and pasta dishes. Support staff and owner take as much pride as the kitchen."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We won't be going back to this restaurant. Food serviced cold and very disappointing in taste. Atmosphere ok and service was ok but that was about it."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We have been going to La Mia Cucina since Joe Rombi opened it many years ago. WE are pleased to say that the standards for great food with friendly service in a comfortable setting have been preserved after its sale last year. It remains one of our favorite restaurants and we WILL return. (Sunday's visit was for our 25th wedding anniversary!)"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "What a fantastic night out at La Mia Cucina! Tucked away on a side street in quaint Pacific Grove, this restaurant will NOT disappoint. A fantastic offering of Italian fare that tastes just like it came from Grandma's kitchen. The service was excellent, a perfect offering of local and international wines to pair, and very reasonably priced when all is considered. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant and it is consistently good. Great food and friendly service."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Very good food and good, friendly, service. The place has a nice feel to it. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We make it a priority to have a meal at La Mia Cucina whenever we are in Pacific Grove. The food is great and the service and atmosphere are wonderful. The fresh sand dabs and pasta dishes are always good and the homemade desserts are excellent. Particularly the strawberry shortcake! It's a great spot to celebrate a special event too!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We were referred to Joe Rombi's by a client of my wife. Wow, what a great find!! I was raised on homemade Italian food and this is as good or better! The lady that greeted us was very nice and helpful. Our waiter, we have had him twice now, was extremely gracious and helful. Each course took on its own flavors. The calamari, the wedge, the sole and eggplant were beyond great for us! Thank you so much for the pride you take in creating your dishes. BTW, the deli next door is also The Rombi Family..............you need to get there for lunch or morning coffee. Thank you."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I was celebrating my wedding anniversary and there were initially some confusion about my reservation but the rapid actions taken my the management helped to clarify the situation, and I spend a wonderful time."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We escaped to Pacific Grove for a romantic weekend! La Mia Cucina upped the romance level by 300%!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "We had a great meal from the minestrone soup, salad, veal saltimbocca, and as my wife said, "The strawberry shortcake was the best I ever had." To top it off, a very generous couple on vacation paid for our dinner, just because they said it made them feel good! Very memorable meal in every way!"
    Dined on 7/27/2013