My boyfriend saw this place
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!
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
There were five of us so we
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.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
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.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious food, fresh and authentic
Homemade dishes, fresh ingredients, simply delicious.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
little italy in lincoln square
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.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian BYOB in Lincoln Squar
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 !
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food consistenly delicious
We're never disappointed with food here. Fresh ingredients used in all dishes. Delicious
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Decent food, attentive waitress
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.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Family Event
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.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM