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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

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
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Good for Birthdays (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Authentic (9)
Casual (9)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Romantic (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Organic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Tapas (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 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 13, 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 11, 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 11, 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 11, 2018

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

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 (México)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It was delicious! Fantastic and the attention was the best

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 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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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great ambience and cool service.
Great pasta.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 30, 2017

Fantastic! Best SD restaurant!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 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 28, 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 21, 2017

Food was wonderful, service not

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fantastic experience at Monellos! From the impeccable service to the exquisitely created martini to the delectable main course (spinach gnocchi with bone broth), I cannot recommend more highly. Thank you so much Monello!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We went for the cheese wheel...and, boy, it did not disappoint. The pesto risotto was so flavorful. The service was excellent, as well. The only drawback was how loud the place was. It was hard to hear one another. But we’ll definitely be back for more!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Was excited about trying after seeing it featured on TV, only to be disappointed - the food was average, our server was chatty with everyone but our table, she was rather slow and found it extremely loud that it gave me a headache. Prefer the other neighborhood restaurants in little Italy.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Disappointing. It’s not like I haven’t been going here since they opened. Just some joe who walked off the street.
Hope their pizza is still good. new owners?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Monello is a fantastic restaurant. I have been twice for lunch, and both times very pleasantly surprised by the excellent food & service. This one will be a staple for me!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This is a lovely Italian restaurant tucked in at the edge of little Italy. The service was quite impressive. The waitress was very prompt and provided good information about the menu. We ordered a bottle of wine which was absolutely delicious. The portion sizes are very generous. We ended up ordering the beet and arugula salad to start. It was a shareable size, and absolutely delicious. We also split to main dishes - truffle mushroom pasta and the octopus. We never had octopus before but after having it here, I definitely would get it again. The pasta was flavorful, light and a perfect complement to the octopus. Overall, this was a a great dining experience. I would go back again! Try to sit outside if you can!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Yummy pasta and lots of shareable options! While not specifically a restaurant for kids, the staff was great with our crabby 2 year old and they made her spaghetti with butter and cheese.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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 on November 22, 2017

The food and service was amazing! The Misto appetizer was good. The squid ink pasta entrée was delicious.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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 (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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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Got together with friends before we boarded a cruise ship. We had two tables of 5 each. Enjoyed our evening very much.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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