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I Monelli Trattoria Pizzeria
I Monelli Trattoria Pizzeria

I Monelli Trattoria Pizzeria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://imonelli.info
  • Phone: (773) 561-8499
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursday: 12:30pm - 3:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00 - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Vittorio Iasalvatore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Delivery, Farm to Table, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Winnemac St
  • Public Transit: 49 bus, 49B bus, stop in front of restaurant
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from I Monelli Trattoria Pizzeria
When I first Opened I MONELLI my intention was to share the cooking style, flavors & recipes that originated from my hometown.

Our ingredients are always FRESH to achieve the best taste, just as my mother used to back home. By using SIMPLE & FRESH ingredients, I prepare various specials every week from salads to main entrees that are not found on the menu.

To me, it’s all about the TASTE & QUALITY! Since we can't take you back to Italy, I have brought these dishes here to share with you.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We took two new people to this gem of a restaurant. They enjoyed it so much that they returned later this week with other people."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Easygoing and great for families with young children. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Home made items always reliable. Pizza outstanding. Home make pastas terrific. Limoncello gelato superb."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is a great Italian neighborhood Italian restaurant! I found it online because we needed a place to meet coming in from the burbs. What a great find!! We will definitely bring our family back. The potato rosemary pizza was delicious!!! A different take on pizza. The half is in the shape of a rectangle and the crust is between a thin crust and deep dish. Excellent pasta and salads too!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food is quite good, and well-prepared. The specials and house-made pastas are usually the best. Salads are sizable and best shared. Pizzas have a nice, buttery crust. Not quite what I expect from thin-crust (a somewhat thinner, more floury crust), but very tasty. It's a small space, so it can be a bit noisy when fairly full...but BYO Italian that is of good quality and variety that also takes reservations is a great thing! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Nice laid-back atmosphere, delicious pizza that's not quite thin and not deep-dish but consistently delicious. Always friendly service and very reasonably priced. Salads, eggplant appetizer, risotto also all yummy!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is one of the best finds. We shared calamari and bruschetta apps and continued on with communal dining with pizza and arugal salads so lightly dressed with a little EVOO and lemon...so good. Crust was light with such a great crunch, topping were well proportioned. Only "complaint" was not enough pineapple on the Hawaiian. Service was fun, informative and so inviting. All guest were having a great times for yet another snowy, slushy night. No room for dessert & will save some for next time. It is a BYOB which somehow I missed; liquor is available across the street."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We live around the corner, and this is one of our favorite restaurants! Fantastic pizza, especially the I Monelli! It's a cozy atmosphere and BYO, making it great for a casual, affordable date night or out with friends and family. But it's also great for pickup or delivery. If you're not in the mood for pizza, there's good salads, apps and pasta too, but pizza is the standout. Recommend the suppli! We went for Valentine's Day, and were disappointed that we were restricted to a $35 prix fixe menu (that did not include pizza), but for the other 364 days of the year, it's a must!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was the best valentines dinner ever.I cannot say enough except to say we loved it.I go there often and was a bit worried about the fixed menu.But my worries turned out to be needless as everythjing was wonderful.My hat is off to this place they just deliver again again without seeming to try.Two Thumbs up!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Outstanding pizza....great service...cute neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I felt that this place was a a bit over priced for the quality of food. One of the dinners we ordered came out cold. I'd consider going back to share a dish just because it's walking distance for me."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Really wonderful pizza and unlike what you find elsewhere--not super-thin Neapolitan and not Chicago-style deep dish. Very buttery and delicious!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed a very nice evening celebrating a family birthday. I Moneli set a big table and served up a hearty fare of traditional, Italian specialties. The BYOB policy meant that we had the wine we liked at an affordable price. I think the server could have been a bit more attentive but this is a place where I'm sure we will return."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "This place is Fantastic! I've lived in the neighborhood for years and this place is so inconspicuous so it's easy to drive/walk right by it. But once you go in, you will keep going back. The people are lovely, the food is amazing, the ambiance is delightful. The menu is so reasonably priced and with BYO you can't go wrong. I almost didn't want to write a review for fear that it will start to get too crowded once tons of people check it out - but it's too good not to share. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "We sat outdoors on a warm fall evening. Our waitress was attentive and sweet. Shared a bottle of wine with a $2/person cork fee - reasonable. We had the margherita pizza and gnocchi, both very tasty. Loud with Western Avenue traffic, but the partition blocks most of the noise."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "My son and I were in the city for a community service project, and needed to find a quick and tasty place to have dinner. We found I Monelli on opentable, and gave it a try. He loves Italian, and likes trying "gourmet" (meaning not chain) food when we go to the city. We both loved the pizza (Mozzarella, Roasted Potato and Rosemary), enjoyed the marinara lasagne, and I loved my salad as well. The food was all quite good for a neighborhood storefront. Unfortunately, the service was a bit slow (took almost 40 minutes to get our main course) despite the restaurant being less than half full, and when it came time for dessert, we learned they were out of about half the items listed, even though it was only 7:30pm when we got there."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "We're never disappointed with food here. Fresh ingredients used in all dishes. Delicious"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Been here many times (almost weekly). This is a really enjoyable family operated place with daily specials that are always fresh and creative. Vittorio, the owner /Chef, takes great pride in all of his offerings. My wife and daughter love his Carbonara. I love his Chicken Saltimbaca (not always on the specials list, but well worth a try when he has it.) Even his Pizza is incredible, especially if you like a thin, crunchy crust. We haven't found this kind of crust anywhere else. The whole place is run by family. (Mom,Dad, Sister, brother, nephews and a great serving staff. Absolutely worth a visit !"
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "Homemade dishes, fresh ingredients, simply delicious."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "While technically, this trattoria is in Lincoln Square - it's off the grid of LS charm but has it's own small-scale charm- despite being right on busy Western Ave. The pizza was especially delicious, the service was attentive, and the food is lovingly made by a Neapolitan family. The european lemon icecream is delightful and the pasta is homemade. This is BYOB and accommodates large groups."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "Heard about this place on Check Please and have never been disappointed. Great, homemade food, wonderful service and management that truly appreciate your visit. The pizzas are the among the best thin-crust pizza in the city."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "There were five of us so we sampled a good number of menu items. By far the favorite was the all cheese pizza, and especially the thin, crispy pizza crust. An appetizer of stuffed portabella was impressive in size and flavor as were the two salads - one with beets, candied walnuts and gorgonzola, and the other the house. Both were large enough to share. A linguini dish with shrimp in a cream sauce was good, but not as good as the pizza, nor was the spaghetti and meatballs. The orecchette con spinaci was a hit. Servings were generous enough that we brought home leftovers, and that without having to empty our wallets. I should add that our waiter added a great deal to our visit. He - and the pizza - are worth a return visit."
    Dined on 3/21/2013
  • "My boyfriend saw this place while driving down Western Avenue a few years ago when I moved into West Ridge and we went for lunch. We loved the place so much, that for the next two years we went at least once a month. We're now living in Hyde Park so there are fewer trips but we really miss I Monelli. The food is fresh and the staff is amazing. I wish that I could eat here every day!"
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "We visit I Monelli several times each month. It is a family operated place with the Head Chef, "Vitorio" running the kitchen along with his cousins/ brother and others. His father and neice take care of the dining room and the rest of the staff including "Manuel and Nathan" take care of the customers. The menu changes almost daily with always fresh items. I definitely enjoy the ambiance and the friendly atmosphere. On top of everything else, it's a BYOB place. Can't beat it !"
    Dined on 2/20/2013
  • "I love the food at I Monelli and they are BYOB so that's great, esp for groups. We had a great time there on Sat but for one incident. The waiter spilled 2 glasses of champagne all over my friend. Accidents happen, he apologized and we got over it for the most part but he should have comped a dessert or something since we were out the drinks and my friend had to sit in wet pants the rest of the night..."
    Dined on 2/16/2013
  • "Ridiculously, ridiculously good food for what on the outside looks like "just a pizza joint." Everything we had was seriously outstanding & flavorful. Now I've just got to go back and try the pizza!"
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Always excellent, fresh food and terrific service."
    Dined on 12/27/2012
  • "Great place as usual. Always treated well & most of their dishes have a little twist to the Italian theme. Can't wait to return!!"
    Dined on 12/7/2012
  • "honest to goodness Italian food, no fuss just delicious."
    Dined on 12/1/2012
  • "My wife and I go here at least once each week. We feel lucky to have found it. The food is always excellent and the service is as friendly as you will find anywhere."
    Dined on 11/28/2012
  • "Our second visit to this place this month. This time we tried the pasta specials. My wife had thew Gnochi, I had the Carbonara. Absolutely fresh, homemade pasta. The Chef stopped by and introduced himself. Very friendly staff. We will definitely be back often."
    Dined on 9/18/2012
  • "The pizza and pasta dishes were delicious, but the salmon & pork chop were just ok. I'd go back for pizza, it was a fun neighbor find."
    Dined on 9/12/2012
  • "This was our first visit to I Monelli. We had seen it on "Check Please". Parking is fine on Western Avenue. The place is small and quite comfortable. We ordered the bruchetta and the crustini with goat cheese and prociuto (sp) for appetizers. The bruchetta was the freshest i've ever had. Delicious !I beleive the chef made it fresh as we ordered it. We then ordered 1/2 pizza for the both of us. This was more than enough. The thin crust is my wife's favorite. It was teriffic. The BYOB policy makes it even better and very affordable. Our server was great. Friendly and helpful with the menu. We will definitely return often."
    Dined on 9/11/2012
  • "We love I Monelli--always great specials, wonderful, unusual pizza, very nice staff. This particular evening our service was unusually slow but this is not the norm. We will be back many times!"
    Dined on 9/9/2012
  • "An overall terrible experience. After being seated, it took 20 minutes for our waitress to appear. We had to ask for water. Our salads appeared 40 minutes later...powdered parmasan dumped all over the top of my caesar salad. I ordered chicken lemon...the sauce was brown and salty....no trace of lemon....not even a garnish. The panne cotta was inedible.we will not be returning."
    Dined on 9/8/2012
  • "We were fairly pleased when we were but when we rehearsed out leftovers the food was *super greasy!"
    Dined on 8/10/2012