Cozy, authentic BYOB Italian restaurant with home-made pastas, a consistently interesting list of daily specials and splendid Neopolitan pizzas.
I Monelli's pizza is the best! Thin crust and bursting with flavor. They have spoiled me. This is the pizza I crave.
Great place to dine, take friends or just to have a fantastic meal & it is BYOB which makes it very affordable.
Service is always very good and most of the time the noise level is very low unless there is a big group ( this is NOT vert often....most table are of 2 - 4 or 6 people).
Great place !!
This restaurant is a neighborhood gem. Original Italian establishment. Tiny, cozy family-owned. You feel like you're dining at your grandma's house! Authentic Italian food standards as well as very unique entrees freshly prepared, pasta al dente and tasty pizza. I couldn't ask for more! Wonderful people. Great service and it's a BYOB!
We had a group of 10 and it was fantastic. Great service, outstanding food and easy to chat but lively enough that it felt fun. Every person in our group loved it and only two of us had been there before. Lots of new fans in our group.
Pizzas awesome, pastas were really good - homemade, tasty, authentic, and the salads were fantastic.
We'll be back.
Overall, we had a great meal. The food was amazing, the space very charming, and the staff very friendly, albeit, not incredibly attentive. It did take some time to get service from our waiter, which became somewhat an annoyance as the place wasn't really busy. But bygones are bygones, it was a wonderful evening and we will be going back without question.
A neighborhood treasure. Great food at fair prices. Wonderful service. BYOB.
First time in ... very pleasantly surprised! Everything we had was delicious! BYOB, but only $5 corkage. We'll be back ...
The food is always very tasty, fresh and creative. We tried the appetizer special Bruschetta that was made with goat cheese, prosciutto & black truffles it was amazing! Their calamari is the best!
The food was very good. Service was a little slow at the start but got better. Calamari was excellent as were the Salads. Entrees were ample and delicious
I Monelli has such delicious food and is my new favorite spot.
It is all homemade, authentic food, BYOB and casual.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Italian food, it is the best!
The best Italian food in Chicago surpassed only by the professional and friendly chef and staff!!
I wanted to like this place. It's a small, neighborhood place, and I'd heard (on Check, Please!) the food was good. We had two appetizers, both specials, that were only OK. The red arrabiata sauce on the shrimp appetizer was sufficiently spicy but tasted too much of tomato paste. Ditto for a red sauce on my friend's pasta special and husband's tilapia special. The fried artichoke appetizer was a bit better, served with an OK marinara. My tilapia al limone was tasty and light (I ordered my main course in light of the tomato-heavy appetizers), served with potato and slightly crunchy carrot "sticks" and grilled asparagus ; husband's special tilapia with a tomato sauce was too tomato-y, especially after our appetizer choices. I hear the pizza is good--we didn't try it only because I'm off wheat. Gelato for dessert was creamy and good.
The noise level was at times yell-level (I am not exaggerating). We were seated next to a large multiple-table group of maybe 14, and a couple of the men from that group were very loud. They all left before our main course (thank goodness), but that same-sized table was being reset--the new group fortunately didn't appear while we were still there.
Service was snail-slow, maybe due to the large party, but even so after that party had left. The restaurant was also uncomfortably warm (pizza oven?) and the tables were very tightly placed. During our meal, one little girl from the large party kept wandering over to stand to look out the window, right beside me, close enough that our conversation had to be monitored for child-friendliness.
If you are looking for a place to have a large group get-together, or like tomato-heavy sauces, shouting to your table mates while you wait and wait for your food, and having kids hang around your table that aren't yours, this is the place for you.
Terrific food. The service is great. Nice neighborhood feel. BYOB. What's not to like.
This is our favorite spot for pizza/pasta. BYOB. We live on the far northwest side, but are always glad when we find ourselves near I Monelli. The signature pizza is fabulous; thin crust is as good or better than any in the city. Many/most pastas come in 1/2 portions. Always friendly service, they don't seem to mind if you linger.