New restaurants in Carmel
We ate ate Cantineeta Luca on 12/23/06 based on reviews here at Chowhound.
Nice ambiance (although seating is a little too close to the other diners)
The food was underwhelming. We started with the tuna carpaccio and the beet salad. The tuna was very thin and not much of it was on the plate and it was a bit bland. The beet salad turned out to be 3 or 4 small pieces of beets covered with bitter greens. Expecting more beets.
The salume choice was an extremely tiny portion; but, tasted great.
The pumpkin ravioli, again, a very small portion, maybe 5 raviolis, was delicious. It had a sage butter sauce that was divine; but, an odd crunchiness on top.
The margharite pizza was actually larger than expected, but it was nothing we would ever order again. Good, but not great.
I think this would be a great restaurant if you happen to order the right dishes. We had asked our server for the most popular dishes and that didn't seem to help (except for the ravioli)
My husband and I just ate there a week ago. I was excited to try it but ended up being underwhelmed by the food and overwhelmed by the service (too much frou-frou and hovering). Given that there are so many great restaurants in the area, I would never go back.
Try Passionfish in PG!