ATMOSPHERE: * * * * *
– It’s cozy and quiet, perfect for nighttime dining.
SERVICE: * * * * *
– We were always taken care of; we felt like superstars! It’s small, so there’s always someone around who’s happy to help.
FOOD: * * * * *
– Definitely go Italian. The best I’ve ever had.
After scouring the city for an Italian restaurant, we saw a huge sign for homemade pasta and pizza. Bingo! Free street parking is available, which was a welcome change from the Cannery Road vicinity. After walking in we were immediately greeted by a very friendly woman who asked us how many were in our party. In less than 5 minutes we were seated , unheard of even in our small city, let alone Monterey. She immediately took our drinks (it’s a coke facility, by the way), and left us alone with the menu.
Wow. We were impressed, to say the least. I guess with the name “International Cuisine” we should have realized, but we weren’t expecting Moroccan and Russian on the menu.
We started off our meal with cheesy garlic sticks and marinara sauce, and it’s probably some of the best I’ve ever had. My family typically hates marinara, but theirs was irresistible. The owner came to collect our plates, which was very nice. It brought a homey feel to the already comfortable atmosphere.