Visualize modern country décor, an expansive wine collection and incredible views of the oldest operating golf course west of the Mississippi; probably not what you envision for a hotel eatery, right? That's because TusCA Ristorante in the Hyatt Regency Monterey is not your average hotel restaurant. This Tuscan treasure is a go-to for many locals and visitors alike looking to get their fix of fresh seafood, authentic pizzas and hearty pastas.

TusCA Ristorante

TusCA Ristorante allows you to travel to the heart of Italy's countryside without having to leave Monterey! The contemporary and comfortable design has colorful Tuscan touches including a wine display and an open aired kitchen complete with a pizza oven. Various seating options are available including large tables, great for families, and cozy booths, great for dates!

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If for some reason the gorgeous views of the Del Monte Golf Course outside don't impress you then the items on the menu certainly will. Breakfast awakenings include pork carnitas benedicts, roasted apple pancakes and white chocolate French toast while lunch and dinner items include dishes like a chicken caprese panini, cioppino and mushroom pizza.

TusCA Ristorante

The best part of all is that TusCA's prides itself on utilizing the best in locally grown seasonal ingredients, from the farm right back to your table. Seafood lovers in particular can rejoice in the expansive offering of sustainable and local options.

Corn Fritters at TusCA Ristorante

For starters, you cannot go wrong with their fresh burrata. A large slab of juicy and creamy mozzarella cheese is paired perfectly with heirloom tomatoes straight from the source.

Fresh Burrata and Tomatoes at TusCA Ristorante

Calamari is a must in Monterey and TusCA's take does not disappoint. The Tuscan twist is light and crispy thanks to the rice and garbanzo flour, might we add that's it's also gluten-free. The best part of all are the tidbits of lightly fried artichoke hearts and lemon wheels all tossed in a savory lemon vinaigrette, delish!

Calamari at TusCA Ristorante

Lucky for us, Monterey is a leader in the sustainable seafood movement and TusCA's is leading the charge. Their line-caught swordfish is one of the Chef's favorites which is served with sweet citrus segments, tangy fennel and roasted root vegetables tossed in olive oil and thyme; now that is Tuscan and California cuisine for you.

Pan-Seared Swordfish at TusCA Ristorante

Another seafood favorite are the scallops. Juicy seared sea scallops melt in your mouth and the accompanied carrot risotto and mint pea puree make it almost too pretty to eat. Don't forget to round out your trip to Italy with a sinful dessert like their basil panna cotta, TusCA tiramisu or a simply satisfying gelato.

Seared Scallop at TusCA Ristorante

Need a date idea? A main draw to this Tuscan temptation is their "TusCA for Two" special. For $60, parties of two can indulge in an appetizer, two entrees, a dessert and a glass of wine; now that's value! Really knock off your date's socks and check out the live jazz in the in the adjacent Fireplace Lounge on weekends.

TusCA Ristorante is located 1 Old Golf Course Road in the Hyatt Regency Monterey. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.