Monello Cucina - Mpls

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Monello Cucina is the contemporary expression of coastal Italian fare. Our restaurant celebrates the cuisine of the Campania region, one that weaves the charm of rustic simplicity with the inherent elegance of fresh ingredients. An extensive wine list and exceptional cocktail program—complete with a house made limoncello—complements a menu that pushes boundaries even as it seeks to preserve tradition. The warm, inviting dining room showcases the graceful style of the region while the approachable staff works to anticipate the diner’s every need.

Executive Chef Mike “YC” DeCamp has created a menu for Monello that features cuisine from the Campania region of Italy. Our menu celebrates the abundance of the farmer’s field and the fisherman’s boat. Standards like fresh pasta and panzanella are offered alongside more adventurous choices, including a razor clam crudo and whole fish for sharing.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was outstanding as was the food. We appreciated the noise level not being too loud

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BT
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Mama DeCampo's at Monello, a delightful Sunday Italian supper including red gravy! On Sundays, Monello scoots the regular menu aside and goes old-school Italian down to red checkered table cloths! Classic Italian dishes like chicken parmesan or piccata, accompanied by a delicious chopped Italian salad and warm garlic bread, plus a side of spaghetti with red sauce and to top it off, homemade cannolis for dessert! All for only $29! A deal! There are other dishes to try next time! A totally fun time for family with kids or date night. A couple glasses of chianti and you're set!

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NM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall we had a lovely evening dinner at Monello Cucina. The food portions were good, the drink prices moderate, and the service was decent. Our particular waiter was a bit pushy at times but was very knowledgeable about the options and ingredients.

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s
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We ordered from the pre theater menu. I think that was a mistake although the food was fine. There wer four people at our table and all were not happy that we all had to order from the same menu. If we do go back we will order from the main menu.

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D
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food and ambience was excellent. Had oysters - seafood pasta - risotto- broccolini - lobster. Everything was excellent except service. So slow — prepare to be there awhile but food was great!

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B
Minneapolis
127 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had great service at the beginning; however our main course was delayed and there was no apology offered from the server, even when we called a different server( ours was nowhere to be seen) over to ask what happened.

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TL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, excellent food. The server knew a lot about the wine he served (we got the pairing option for our meal).

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JF
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I enjoyed the side Roasted Zucchini & Summer Squash as our "salad" and seasoned bread with 2 butter choices, then split the small servings of the Torchio w/ Braised Rabbit (server recommendation!) and Spaghetti w/ Seafood Bolognese, ending with 2 scoops of gelato! It was a beautiful experience for all our senses!

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LT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Restaurant got slammed when our conference let out for lunch. They worked very hard to service everyone in a timely manner. You could see they were understaffed for the very large lunch crowd but they all seemed to work very hard to make it work. My tuna was delicious. My girlfriends steak was not great but they comped it with no issue. I would definitely return.

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a
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Super bummed we went there for our 20th anniversary. The oysters were so fishy they had to take them off bill. I got the seafood Bolognese and it was not homemade pasta. I should’ve asked. service was super slow as we got our drinks after the first appetizer. The second appetizer octopus came after 25 minutes and was lukewarm. Probably won’t go back. Has Potential though.

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exquisite . Rosé was fabulous. And the service impeccable!

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JG
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The experience was wonderful, from the service, to the ambiance, the food and the wine, the entire night was top notch. I’ll definitely be back again!

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LT
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been several times to Monello Cucina and we have ALWAYS ordered the squid ink pasta. We were therefore so disappointed that they are no longer offering this particular dish.
- They replaced it with a seafood bolognese that was not very good.
- The bucatini and tagliatelle were good, but the squid ink chitara was the star...and the star is no longer there.
- The langoustino and octopus small plates were nothing special. Quite disappointing actually. The octopus pales in comparison to Sea Change's octopus which is tender and flavorful. Monello's octopus was tougher and not very flavorful at all.
- The desserts we had were absolutely delicious -- a spumoni (not the kind we expected) and a chocolate pane cotta. Yum!

Monello may no longer be on our 'to go' list.

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m
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Tony, was very knowledgeable and engaging. The food and wine he recommended paired very well. Unfortunately, the air conditioner wasn't really working so it was pretty uncomfortable in there. Still a fun experience and we'll be back!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Excellent service. Never viewed this restaurant as a “value” given their prices on food. Have always viewed it as a special occasion or captive audience (Hotel Ivy) venue. Wine list is however favorably priced, and well curated. Absolutely infuriated by the 3% healthcare surcharge levied on the bill, displayed in a small font, and only seen on the dessert menu by myself at the end of a previously enjoyable evening. This ABSOLUTELY means I will not return, not just b/o the “policy” itself. I get that healthcare costs are increasing globally due to ACA. That said, I want to “be on vacation” when dining out, regardless of whether I am actually on vacation. Rather however, upon discussing the matter with the manager on duty that evening, I really do NOT need to be politely informed that my views on this matter are in the minority opinion, particularly by someone half my age, and lacking in my experience referenced below. In the hospitality industry, such statements are easily viewed inhospitably by the patron who just utilized disposable income to dine at the restaurant in question. Even more so, when such a comment is made to a patron who is also a physician, and has directly seen out of pocket patient expenses increase year over year due to increasing deductibles, premia, et cetera, it does turn a potentially delightful evening out into a sadly unnecessary political debate. So...... if you can’t with your current menu structure support a professional staff: raise prices. Give patrons the blue pill. They will decide whether to return based upon quality : price ratio. Sadly, in this instance, a sizable and well earned gratuity was downgraded to offset the frustration of the above.

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NM
Memphis
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, fantastic staff, house made everything (including butter). Great experience & highly recommended

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OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and exceptional service ! Server was extremely knowledgeable and had wonderful recommendations. Also very good wine selection

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r
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a dinner for six celebrating milestone birthday. terrific service ambiance. food very good but salad uneventful. Noise level was quiet but we caught a Saturday during holiday weekend (everyone at the lake)

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L
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I don't know the reason why you change to family style Italian on Sunday... but it is about Buca's level. I value Monello to be higher level than Buca. Service was awful - short staff, slow service. We did not get what we ordered. Very disappointing.

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JK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We’ve been to Monello a few times when we have tickets to MN Opera. We like the valet service and their weekend brunch but we were disappointed with their pre-performance evening meal. Portion size for the main entree was tiny and the waiter seemed rushed and stressed, even though our reservations were 2 hrs 15 minutes before the performance. We were told that the whole table had to either order ale carte or pre-performance meal, which we didn’t like.

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DB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit in less than a year. One is always concerned that, returning to a great restaurant, we will be disappointed. We were not. Service was congenial, thorough and helpful. Food was excellent and plentiful portions. Drinks (Manhattans) and wine were very good with the Manhattans being, perhaps, the best I have ever had.

We visited on Sunday evening when the restaurant is a "pop-up" Italian restaurant featuring traditional cuisine different from Monello's usual fare.

We will be back.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch has one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten.

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RB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and excellent service...friendly, timely, and perfect!

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SB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Our server,Alex, explained everything. We got the wine pairings and he deacribed them perfectly. We will visit again.

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CS
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had dinner before going to the Pacer event. The food was delicious, would highly recommend going .
We were very impressed with the Italian wines as well.!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was delicious , but overpriced and service was slow.

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AO
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined early before going to the Orpheum for a show, so it was not busy and quiet. Service was excellent, the server very attentive and knowledgeable. They do offer an interesting chef’s menu, however we decided just to order off the menu. The food was creative and tasty. Overall, an excellent dining experience, although a little pricey.

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c
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Curious for a long time about this place, we decided to try the pre-concert menu before our Saturday night concert at Orchestra Hall. We made note of our schedule when we made the reservation, and again when we arrived for our 6 pm reservation. Rather than order the 3-course pris fixe menu, we ordered less: the grilled octopus first course and a pasta course.

The unfiltered prosecco recommended by the server was unusual but excellent. A gougere amuse bouche was a nice touch and made us eager to continue with our meal. The focaccia was excellent, light and flavorful. The grilled octopus was just right, the paprika-laced sauce and (dare I say) Nordic-style cucumbers contrasting nicely with the octopus. With some help from the server, we each ordered a glass of red wine to accompany the pasta: a cabernet franc for the gnocchi with lamb and a nebbiolo for the torch with rabbit - both excellent.

Then we waited.

We had reminded our server of our schedule when he delivered the wine, and he assured us our food would arrive soon. At 7:30 we decided that we did not care to have to wolf down our food in order to dash for the concert, and just as we started to get up to leave, our food was delivered. Too late.

I didn't mind paying for what we had consumed, because it was all excellent. We'll probably return when we have no impending schedule to finish our meal and use the gift card we received from the manager. But I certainly have to admit that our enthusiasm about Monello has dimmed. The cookie we ate at Orchestra Hall was not the dinner we had anticipated.

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M
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great choice for a yummy dinner and nice glass of wine before a concert at Orchestra Hall. Service is especially good, attentive and informed, but not overbearing or obtrusive.

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w
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cuisine is marvelous, interesting and delicious. Service from all staff was wonderful. The venue is attractive, though tables are quite small. The only drawback (if you consider it that) is that portions are teeny. That may make them more delectable, but if you have a large appetite, best to go elsewhere.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic and the service was excellent

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex, was an excellent server making sure our needs were met through every course. It was a truly unique experience with the staff and food exceeding our expectations. The courses were portioned perfectly as well. Would recommend to anyone and we will be back.

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D
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and food.

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SD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the option of small or large portions of pasta! Delicious dinner!

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DH
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Second time here and it was not as bad as the first time but not great. On Sunday the food is served family style and it’s grossly overpriced for what you get. I will not be back. There are many amazing restaurants in Minneapolis. Skip this one!

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BB
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been 4x to your Sunday night dinner. We usually bring a group of 6-8 friends. Each time has been great!

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CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Probably not. Portions small. Service pleasant but inconsistent and the bill presented was wrong and almost double our actual bill...

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S
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed overall. The food (simple pastas) was very slow in coming, no explanation coming from the service staff. Staff was not particularly attentive, never asked how our food was after delivery, no offer of more tea or wine, no time for coffee after the meal as we were on deadline at the orchestra - of which the staff was well aware. Not a good experience. The venue is pleasant and convenient to MN Orchestra Hall, but the area competition is better.

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j
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal, we had a group of 5 and each truly enjoyed their meal with everyone trying a different entry. I tried the duck which was cooked perfectly and quit possibly the best duck I have ever tasted. I wish I could remember the waiters name but he was professional, knowledgeable and attentive without being nuisance. I am not sure why this restaurant is not more popular possibly because its expensive but worth it. We will return.

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AN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Monello to celebrate a family 60th birthday. The staff was really great in commemorating the birthday and making the occasion feel special, and in providing a wonderful experience. We really liked the ambiance and the decor. The food was quite good as well - I liked the housemade pasta a lot.

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