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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.
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San Diego, CA 92101
Italian, Pizzeria, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
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
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
MTS Transit Trolley Stop Green Line: County Center/Little Italy
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Monello Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
It was my wife’s birthday and I told them in advance and they didn’t even mention it. Not going to lie, I was a little bummed out. The place was empty mind you at 3pm.They could of came and said happy birthday or whatnot. Something. Or the chef coming to our table noting. Slightly disappointed.
I used to go to Monello often, I went yesterday for brunch but the quality of service and food wasn’t as good as my previous experiences. Cappuccino was cold and waiter told us that was the Italian way to drink it, too bad he was talking to an Italian person. Food was good not amazing though and the side of roasted potatoes was horrible we all left it in our plates. I think the size of the bombolone is smaller now, overall I just think the quality went down since last year.
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