There’s a reason why the City of Monterey is called the language capital of the world. With its rich history and many foreign influences, it is practically a hodgepodge of cultures in one city. Some of its most prominent influences are Italian, Spanish, German, Greek, and Native American. As such, Monterey has quite a lively food culture. If you’re making your way to the city, here are some of the specialties you definitely have to try at the finest restaurants.
Wander into any restaurant in Monterey, and the first thing the locals will recommend getting is the clam chowder. Fresh and delicious clams, broth and other tasty ingredients make great appetizers. The best way to enjoy it is eating out of a toasted sourdough bread bowl with toasted garlic, butter, parsley, and a generous helping of mozzarella cheese.
Pizza is best eaten while it’s steaming hot—preferably without you burning the roof of your mouth on the melted cheese. Some of the best Italian restaurants here cook their pizzas in wood burning brick oven for to bring out the best taste of the toppings. Sausage, smoked salmon, meatballs, pepperoni, anchovy, and pesto are some of the favorite toppings.
Red and White Wine
To wash it all down, a bottle of nice red or white wine would do nicely. You’ll find that restaurants here have a wide selection of reds and whites. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Banc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel are some great choices.