This adorable Carmel-by-the-sea Italian restaurant comes from Florence, Italy, native Emanuele Bartolini, his wife and consummate host Anna Bartolini and chef Brad Briske, who brings his locally honed kitchen chops to the salumi, desserts and everything in between. Sidle up to the reclaimed wood tables, dig into Briske's free-form porcini lasagnette and watch regulars give bear hugs to the owners on the way out. You'll want to do the same.
Order this: Lasagnette ai porcini, housemade sausage, crema Catalana
Where to stay: La Playa Carmel