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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Special Occasion (21)
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Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Romantic (15)
Authentic (14)
Casual (13)
Fun (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Business Meals (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
People Watching (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tapas (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Cozy (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Always a great experience especially the food quality and service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

After returning from travel in Italy, Monello hit the spot.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

We've been to Monello over 20 times and it's one of our GoTo spots. The food is always consistently good as is the service and bar. We frequently have Appertivo at the bar before dinner and the bartenders ensure the drinks are spot-on. The house-made vermouth is worth the trip just for a glass of that.

If you've been to Milan you can see the décor and if you close you eyes you can transport yourself, especially with the high-quality Italian (not Italian-American) specialties. If you are looking for a southern Italian "red-sauce" place, this is not it. The fact that they have some specialties from Emilia-Romagna where my family is from, such as piadine, makes this a "home-away-from-home" for us.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great Lobster spaghetti and truffle pizza !! Made reservations during the week for an open table for my bf and I. We were going on a adventure for the weekend and definitely wanted to try this place out for our date Saturday night. Food and service did not disappoint. The thing about me is that I drink a lot of water so the server that was always filling up my water made it better lol. A waitress who came by multiple times was so nice as well. I wish I caught her name, but she cracked open our lobster for us so we wouldn't end up looking like a mess on date night. Thank you for a great experience. My bf and I loved the food, ambience, and service!

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

I had a wonderful experience visiting this restaurant, the food was really delicious and the service was great.
I absolutely recommend this place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Very accommodating and delicious food and beverages! Our favorite part of this restaurant is their apertivo from 4-7 pm. With every drink order, the chef sends 2 small bites of his/her choice! Tried the pasta in the cheese wheel for the first time and it was a hit!

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Real good food especially the proscutio eggs benedict! Husband had the egg frittata which he loves. Coffee cups are tiny and need refilling often and my decaf was luke warm but they brewed a new pot. Overall one of our favorite Sunday Brunch places

Tags: Organic
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The restaurant was very busy in the Little Italy area of San Diego. My date and I had a delicious salad to start. I then had the mushroom and truffle caramel pasta and he had a prosciutto pizza. They were both very good. The pasta is made from scratch and the sauce was very special. I wish I had room for dessert because I am sure it would have been delicious. A great Italian restaurant with authentic taste. The only thing I did not like is that the tables are very close to each other and it is quite loud.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

First time my husband and I left a restaurant because it took so long and service was lacking to say the least. I rarely put negative feedback but it was our honeymoon and this frustrated our Friday night.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

not our first time here. we LOVE Monello's! went after seeing a FB post that they were serving pasta with lamb ragu. took the drive down to little italy just for that.

enjoyed our dinner, though we would have liked a bit more lamb in our pasta. otherwise all GOOD!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food is great.. customer service is wonderful..it was our first time and Chris walked us through the menu. We will come back 😊

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

very noisy, very pricey for what it offered. ravioli pasta was hard and chewy, but stuffing was very good

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Monello has amazing food and the service is great and it’s decently priced. I did mention that I did mention that we were celebrating my wife’s birthday so I kind of thought maybe they would’ve brought something out for her unfortunately they didn’t no big deal but we are regulars there. Food is great so we will be back of course

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Cheesewheel Tuesday is the number one reason we go to Monello. The staff is fabulous and friendly but the food is why we keep coming back. I recommend this restaurant to everyone because I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Disappointed! We’ve dined here on several occasions in the past and always enjoyed the pizzas (picante specifically) and pastas, but our most recent visit was disappointing. The carbonara pasta ordered by two of us was drown in egg, bacon and oil...not at all authentic and far too rich to enjoy. Likely will not return...

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Disappointed in the wrap! Very Dry and rather tasteless

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was extremely good. It was very busy and quite loud making it hard for a table of 4 to talk. Table for 2 would be better. Meat, seafood,pasta all of it was great

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I called ahead to order the cheese wheel and we were not disappointed! All of our entre’s We’re very good and we will be back. Looking forward to trying the risotto cheese wheel!
Thank you!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere! Thank you!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing food and staff, highly recommend, will come again!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 5, 2017

All and all it is a good restaurant. We had asked for separate checks as some people drink and some do not. I waitress said we cannot have that but she would put drinks and one bill and then put on the other and then we could separated ourselves. It is not what we wanted and by the time we figured it out and then had five different credit cards it would’ve been much easier if we each could’ve had her own check. I’m sorry we didn’t call the manager over to deal with it

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Even I visited during SDRW, the food and service were good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

It was restaurant week and was excited to try Monello. We made a reservation through open table . We looked online both on restaurant week website and Monello to see if they were having lunch on Sunday . Once we were seated the waiter , who wasn't very good by the way , told us they were only doing brunch on Sat. and Sun. and didn't honor the special menu. Why isn't that listed on either website? .The waiter was from Brazil and was very slow on getting our order, and getting us our check. We had to ask for the check twice. We were not in that big of a hurry and the restaurant wasn't that busy but he seemed not to be responsive. We did get our drinks refilled often and our plates were taken away soon after eating but that was a busboy and not the waiter. would I go there again? Probably not. There are so many restaurants in that area that are more responsive.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Went during the Risotto cheese wheel on Wednesday. The white truffle was amazing and had some of their Gnocchi also. The presentation of the cheese wheel, the flavors, the way she described it, it was an overall beautiful experience. At the end of the day I was just trying to impress my date, haha! Mission accomplished

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The scallops were top notch delicious, but the prawns had little to no flavor nor did the pasta that came with it . Service was excellent. Charged extra for bread which most places provide with dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Fantastic experience

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

It was my third time there, and probably my worst experience with the food.

We came on cheese wheel night. Was so excited. Tried bone marrow for the first time. Not sure what it was suppose to taste like, but it was completely gelatinous. So disgusting, we each took a bite and left it.

I felt a little shorted, for paying so much for a plate of seasoned Tagliatelle. Might be a bit more hesitant about driving so far to come here again soon.

Beautiful ambiance. Nice staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We enjoyed our visit. Just wanted to give the feedback that while our server was excellent and the staff was friendly, we had a lot of additional staff coming to our table which became a little too much. Someone was hovering over us every other moment and we felt rushed from one course to the next.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The food was remarkable we all ordered different dishes and ended up sharing amongst the 5 of us.

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

Monello is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in San Diego and they never disappoint!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was fantastic, and recommendations from the waitress were taken (and were delicious!) Manager even came over to say hello and tell us about specials (the cheese wheel on Tuesday and Thursdays!) Overall wonderful experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Everything was perfection from start to finish. The special cheese wheel pasta was out of this world!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

This was our second time to Monello and we were blown away again! The service was excellent and the food was absolutely amazing. We'd definitely recommend the Cheese Wheel special, whatever it is that night. The homemade gnocci and signature Monello sauce we're also delicious.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing Cocktails! Must try the house made vermouth drinks.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Wonder service and reasonably priced! I'm glad I found it!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The service all around was outstanding and the food was excellent. Best spaghetti with clams I have ever had. Very nice portions. Great dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Awesome restaurant! Great food and excellent service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 8, 2017

I heard about the infamous cheese wheel from friends who posted on Instagram and just had to try it out for myself. I must say, I WILL BE BACK!! They only do the pasta special dish on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then risotto special dish on Wednesdays. Reservations are highly recommended if you plan to dine in for that. I can't wait to go back to try more of the menu. The in house made pasta is DELICIOUS :) Staff is very friendly and VERY ATTENTIVE with clearing our plates and refilling your water too!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Must go for the cheese wheel that they mix the pasta in!! Your tastebuds will thsnk you!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Upon arrival, could not find our open table reservation. Seated against a cement wall with an electric conduit next to my wife's seat.

No matter how good the food was, it was ruined.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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