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About Monello

As Bencotto's brother located next door,
Monello lives up to its sibling's reputation as Best Italian restaurant in San Diego.
From the 800 LB of fresh pasta handcrafted every week, Monello displays up to 27 different recipes of pasta.
Mediterranean style seafood is served along with gourmet pizza.
Every Wednesday Monello delivers Risotto cooked in the Parmigiano cheese wheel at sidetable.
Unique Italian-style brunch is served on weekends.
Voted Best Happy Hour 2016, Monello's Milanese Aperitivo offers small plates on the house with drinks every night.
UN­ABLE TO FIND A TABLE? CHECK OUT OUR BROTHER RESTAURANT BENCOTTO NEXT DOOR - SAME CHEF!

750 W. Fir St.
Suite 103B
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Dinner

Tuesday - Thursday: 2:30pm - closing; Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - closing; Sunday: 5:00pm -closing
APERITIVO-ITALIAN HAPPY HOUR (complimentary bites with drinks) 4 pm to 7 pm all week
Brunch

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Kettner

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 501-0030

Website:
http://www.lovemonello.com/

Parking Details:
The Little Italy Association offers valet parking Tuesday through Sunday at the corner of India St. and Fir St. (in front of Influx) for $8.00 beginning at 5:30pm.

Limited street parking is available. Metered parking is free after 6:00pm until 6:00am Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday.

Public Transit:
MTS Transit Trolley Stop Green Line: County Center/Little Italy

Executive Chef:
Fabrizio Cavallini

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Monello Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Authentic (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Fit for Foodies (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Casual (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fun (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Scenic View (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Cozy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Our server Megan was delightful, bright, and attentive! Thanks Megan!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

The hostess very rude by been on phone as we enter and not greet us properly. She tried to seat us while also been on phone and we had to repeat our names at least twice to her while on phone. I had made reservations on open table for three people. We were taken our seats by a waitress, the table we were taken two was very small and we requested a bigger table. We pointed to one and was told it was reserved be that there was know one else there at 4:00 pm on a Saturday and no one ever showed up while we were there the whole time. As our food arrived we really couldn’t enjoy from the cold a/c blown directly over us making our pasta, and pizza cold. So really after cold food we couldn’t really enjoy it was time to go. So I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone. It’s over priced and the people really weren’t that welcoming from the start.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

The most amazing home made Italian food. And the cheese wheel was insane!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant has declined over the past two years. The quality of the food was disappointing as compared to prior visits. Appetizers were good, but the Spaghetti a la Vongole tasted like iodine and the tiramisu was splashed with alcohol to the point where it was soggy. It seems to me that the portions have increased in size at the expense of the quality.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

I was greatly looking forward to monello after a friend had recommended me. My boyfriend and I wanted to come here for Valentines Day. That was our first mistake. They offered a special Valentine’s Day menu which most places do, however it seems they raised their prices for this event which made me upset and not excited to be spending so much. Especially since I looked at their regular menu and noted that the pricing seemed reasonable. Second, what Italian place doesn’t serve bread as an appetizer?! They gave us Lima Beans. Yeah. Not worth the price we paid for the pasta.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Super overpriced for what you get (especially the wine selection). Enjoyed the food and atmosphere but unfortunately will not be going back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

V-day dinner date.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I’ve been here a million times and I keep coming back. Love this place!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Casual, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We expected more for the money - even bread was extra cost. The food was good but not as good as many other Italian restaurants we have eaten at

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We had a lovely birthday celebration here two nights ago. Great food and good service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Just amazing! Wish they'd open one up in the SF Bay Area! Everything about it is 5 star.

Tags: Live Sports, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great place, just not my type of food

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was delicious!
Meatballs and Cheesewheel pasta were our favorites!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Awful placewithprettyawful food

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I was recommended here by a friend and was able to visit during the last Restaurant Week for lunch. I'd come back for the gnocchi and battuta di pollo alla griglia. I really want to try spaghetti neri con polipo next time though!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent Brunch!!!! Our waiter was also excellent and very helpful with selections!!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Live in TX but love Little Italy when in San Diego. Monello's food was very good.I had the black ink spaghetti and octopus. It was delicious but my favorite dish was the butternut squash soup. It was the perfect warmer for a cool evening.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Nice venue, did not feel crowded or rushed. Only glitch was a small error on the check, but will definitely return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious food and wine on tap! Definitely recommend...get the cheese wheel special

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This was our first visit to Monello. We used the Restaurant Week special lunch menu @ $15 per person to give it a try. It was an excellent value and great experience. The food and service are very good. We ate inside despite the fact that there's outside dining because of the noise and activity on the street. In addition to excellent food, they have gelato, the perfect desert after and Italian dinner.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

It was the first time for a few in our group and they just had an outstanding time. Jennifer was our server and she was just phenomenal. Nothing flustered her and everyone in our party felt welcome. The food was great, my wife had the ink pasta and she loved it. Overall a great night.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was really good and the service was great!! Visiting San Diego and this place was a great choice. Loved the squid ink pasta and the gnocchi. The homemade pasta was excellent. The Caramelle was excellent and very rich. Love it!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was my daughter's birthday and despite informing the hostess/servers at the time the reservation was made, nothing special was done to make her evening any different than had we been there for a regular dinner.

The lobster pasta looked amazing but I was a bit disappointed that the time it took me to crack the shells and get the meat out so I could eat the rest of the dish went cold so it wasn't as appetizing as it could have been and the pasta seemed a bit overcooked too

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I saw the Parmesan Wheel pasta on a random Instagram page last week. We happened to be in Little Italy having happy hour when our group decided that we were STARVING. I got on Open Table and they had a seating for us. YEY! We were not disappointed. 2 had the Parm wheel pasta, I had the Lobster spaghetti, and another had the pizza. We had the cheap Chianti ($40 😘🤣) - it was really good! All of us left fat n happy. We will definitely return. My recommendation for a date would be to split a Parm pasta and a pizza. The best of both worlds! Joel was out waiter. Outstanding service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I really loved it here. The only thing I was mad about was the fact that we ordered the special risotto to go. Not knowing that we would pay the same price as the cheese wheel. Our server didn’t tell us.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We had a wonderful experience! The risotto on the parmigiana wheel was fantastic! The reason for the 3 star on food, was that the lobster in the lobster pasta was way over cooked, and we never got a check back to address it. Also, the veal dish was underwhelming.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Cheese Wheel Risotto was to die for! Megan, our server, was amazing!

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 (México)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It was delicious! Fantastic and the attention was the best

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was delicious. We will be back for the risotto cheesewheel!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Our favorite Italian restaurant in Little Italy! I think even better than it's bigger restaurant next door. The house made vermouth is a must!

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 (México)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great ambience and cool service.
Great pasta.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Fantastic! Would definitely recommend. Wonderful food and service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food, but never acknowledged our special occasion.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food average.
They price gouged for New Years. When we asked about the menu they told us they were putting a ribbon on it!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was fantastic, but the table we were at was sandwhiched between two other loud tables and it was hard to hear each other.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fantastic! Best SD restaurant!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This restaurant is a must! We come here every time we visit San Diego! Homemade pasta is delicious. Raspa dura is our favorite appetizer. You won’t be disappointed with this lovely Italian restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We were seated right away even though the restaurant was very busy. Our appetizers and main course came out at the same exact time which made for a very awkward dinner. We would have enjoyed the food more had we had time to digest between courses. Linguine with clams did not taste fresh although the pasta itself was fresh and cooked well. Fettuccine with sausage and truffle was very good. Would have loved a more leisurely experience here.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very nice .. good food great atmosphere ...

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was wonderful, service not

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