When we opened Allegro
Gourmet Pizzeria in the summer of 1988, we did so for selfish reasons. We
craved an authentic Italian experience on the Monterey Peninsula.
The days of pizzerias
with sawdust covered floors on lower Alvarado Street were gone. As the small
fishing village known as Monterey slowly disappeared so did its soul.
A few small restaurants
still had some of that old feeling but they did not have the food our more
traveled palates were beginning to expect. Some had it all, great food, great
feeling, but were too expensive or trendy to be called "local spots".
We needed a place to come home to – a little "tucked away" spot to
discuss life, enjoy good food, family and friends…. and still be able to pay
the rent on time.
So in July of 1988 we set
out to capture that elusive dream; the soulful pizzeria that exists in every
Italian neighborhood. No big deal, just great food, friends and wine. The kind
of place that your feet take you to when your mind is not paying attention. And
when you get inside, it feels good…like you are home.
A place where you can
satisfy your Italian soul. Simple, healthy, delicious & unpretentious.
Welcome to our little part of Italy. We hope you enjoy your stay.