Starting with treasured family recipes passed down through generations the menu specialties include a hearty selection of source verified premium meats, first hand selected then hand-cut on site, a wide array of anitipasti including house cured artisan salume, wood-oven baked pizza offered at lunch, housemade pastas and sauces, and whole roasted fish.

Whether you are enjoying the Bistecca Fiorentina hand cut, prepared and presented in the Tuscan tradition, a glass of perfectly paired Italian wine or a plate of our daily housemade pasta made with imported Caputo “00” flour you will experience a little piece of Italy in Carmel-by-the-Sea. All of our pasta, bread, sauces, dressings and marinades are housemade daily using authentic imported Italian goods and fresh locally sourced produce. Meats are sourced from the best purveyors and seafood is sourced locally. Chef Balestrieri also offers a selection of housemade artisan salume made from his own recipes along with the finest salume imported from around the world. The restaurant’s wine list offers hard to find and reasonably priced wines to pair perfectly with your favorite dish.

We use these authentic Italian ingredients:

  • Caciocavallo Lucano Raw Cow’s Milk
  • Parmgiano Reggiano DOP Unpasteurized Cow’s Milk Aged 24 Months
  • Pecorino Re Nero Pasteurized Sheep’s Milk, Ash/Olive Oil Coating
  • Fiore Sardo Raw Sheep’s Milk
  • Prosciutto San Daniele Levoni Aged 16 Months
  • San Giuliano Alghero Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Asaro Sicilian Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Asaro Sicilian Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Frescobaldi Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Aceto Balsamico
  • Saba
  • Cavedoni White Balsamic Vinegar
  • Organic Alce Nero Italian Cannellini Beans
  • Organic Borlotti Beans
  • Carnaroli Riso
  • Organic Bramata Polenta
  • Antimo Caputo “00” Flour
  • ItalBrand Capers
  • Agostino Recca Caper Berries
  • D.O.P. San Marzano Tomatoes

We feature these farmers and fishmongers:

  • Swank Farms
  • Happy Boy
  • Hog Farms
  • Bartel Farms
  • Mary’s Chickens
  • Mariquita Farm
  • Robbie’s Ocean Fresh Seafood
  • Savor the Local
  • Jerry’s Fresh Fish
  • Marcho Farms Veal
  • Salmon Creek Farms Pork