California, United States Food Guide: 3 Italian food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Carmel Valley

February 17, 2020 Leonardo Torrence

Best Italian restaurants nearby. Discover the best Italian food in Carmel Valley. View Menus, Photos and Reviews for Italian restaurants near you.. Carmel Valley Village (also known as Carmel Valley for short) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Monterey County, California, United States. At the time of the 2010 census the population was 4,407, down from 4,700 at the 2000 census. In November 2009, a majority of residents voted against incorporation.
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1. Cafe Rustica

10 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9569 Italian, Pizza, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +1 831-659-4444
Overall Ratings

4 based on 542 reviews

Cafe Rustica

Reviewed By Fronterizo

I was having a difficult time choosing between a pizza and the butternut squash ravioli...the server said ravioli. He was right, it was delicious. We also ordered the Hungarian goulash and their egg salad sandwich. Everything was good, as was the service and the patio seating.

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2. Iolis' Pizzeria

307 Mid Valley Center Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA Italian, Pizza Dinner, Lunch Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Seating +1 831-622-9463
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

Iolis' Pizzeria

Reviewed By LynetteA370

We were hiking in Garland State park and needed lunch. It is Labor Day so a lot of the restaurants were closed. While the gentlemen running the store was attentive and effective, I didn't love the pizza. My husband got the gluten free New York pizza and it was by far the best. The New York pizza was topped with delicious meats. My daughter had a Hawaiian pizza and the rest of us shared a half cheese half pepperoni. The cheese was thick and not great. It reminded me of inexpensive cheese from average pizza restaurants. It was not so good. Not satisfying to me. I would recommend getting the gluten free or thin crust. More toppings the better to have less mozzarella cheese. It was not good mozzarella and then topped with oregano. I was not a fan. My husband's pizza, however, was pretty good.

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3. Stirrup Cup Pizza

24 E Carmel Valley Rd 24 E Carmel Valley Rd, 93924-9753, Carmel Valley, California, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9753 Italian, Pizza Dinner +1 831-659-4358
Stirrup Cup Pizza

Reviewed By James K

If you like the thin crust New York style with mozzarella, this isn't the place. I like NY style, too, but Stirrup Cup goes Chicago style. Never ordered the thick crust, but their thin crust is perfect. The sauce and use of provolone, which has the consistency of mozzarella but way more flavor, make it unique. Excellent cheese, pepperoni, combos. Only gripe is that they tacked on a 20% tip for 4 pizza takeout because it was such a large order, they said. Okay. I only tip 10% for takeout, max. Not cool.

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