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Cantinetta Luca - ristorante squisito! by Tammy Neal / photo by Chris Iatesta Cantinetta Luca is one of Carmel’s sought-after Italian restaurants. Featuring casual dining and authentic menu items such as Neapolitan style pizza baked in an Italian wood-burning oven, Luca’s other specialties include antipasti, assorted salamis, and handmade pasta. Executive Chef Jason Balestrieri—having worked previously at Patina, the famed Los Angeles restaurant of celebrity chef Joachim Splichal—brings about vibrant flavors and is known for using whole fish and roasted meats served family style and prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients. Chef Balestrieri partnered with David Fink, owner and creator of Cantinetta Luca, and co-partner/food and beverage director Giuseppe Panzuto in an effort to bring back the real flavor of Italy. Energy fills the air at Luca, where a newly designed exhibition kitchen complements the 93-seat restaurant. A blend of stone, brick, glass, chiseled wood, bright Italian colors, a barrel vaulted brick ceiling, and chiseled beams draws on classic Italian architecture that is contrasted by contemporary furnishings and modern lighting. This spring, Panzuto and Chef Balestrieri will embark on a 15-day tour of Italy in which they will research some of the finest restaurants, balsamic and prosciutto factories, and wineries Italy has to offer. In June, they will host an inspirational dinner, bringing their experience of fine Italian cuisine and wines straight to Cantinetta Luca. Included in Luca’s lista degli eventi is Luca Late Nights. Featuring music, pizza, and cocktails, Luca Late Nights occur Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Evviva! Dolores Street Between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel


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