Monzu Fresh Pasta

4.8
144 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
We are Monzu Fresh Pasta, a fast-casual eatery serving Italian and contemporary flavors made from scratch in the heart of San Diego’s East Village. In drawing upon our European heritage and passion for hand-crafted meals, we take pride in transporting you to Italy via our home country’s most beloved staple: fresh pasta.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 144 people are saying
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vipJackieO
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is truly great! Aldo the owner uses Neopolitan recipes and the fresh pasta is delicious! The outdoor dining is on a busy street so not the best ambience but the indoor space is comfortable and light. Wait staff are very friendly and helpful! Would go again in a heartbeat!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious hidden gem! So happy I found this place and can’t wait to go back to try another dish.

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Randiz
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, love going to Monzu and trying their specials as well as our much loved items (carbonara and Red Bomb!)

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As an Italian, I'm always a bit skeptical about Italian restaurants in the US...well, Monzu definitely made me change my mind! Had the pinsa first and then the "special of the day": simply terrific! as for the risotto, the pic speaks for itself ;) well done guys, will come back for sure

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BeatriceB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am Italian and this is my favorite Italian restaurant in town. It helps that the two owners, Serena and Aldo, are present and delightful. The appetizers are delicious and for main course my partner had Bolognese tagliatelle, our kid devoured “pinsa” (like pizza, but lighter), and I indulged in the seafood risotto. Wine is carefully chosen by Aldo and I would not skip on dessert. Lovely unpretentious place, kind people, festive atmosphere, great outdoor patio with heated lamps, dog-friendly. We always have the best time at Monzu!

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LaurenF
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, very fresh and wonderful flavors. I will return and recommend to friends.

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FelipeM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. It’s that simple. The spring salad was beautiful and delicious. The carbonara was to die for too.

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JULIEo
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This food was fantastic. Some of the best pasta I have had in a long time!

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vipRichardMiddlebrook
Hawaii
43 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Found this on a whim. What an amazing surprise. From the amazing service to the unique pastas, this was a spectacular choice. Run don't walk. Have the Pomodoro sauce with the burrata cheese and meatballs! Or try the truffle pasta. Holy cow just can't be beat!

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vipLSwik
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great Salads and Fresh Pastas across the board. The Flatbreads are very unique and very tasty. As things open up it is becoming more well know and popular, reservations are a good idea. We used to just walk in but that doesn't work as well as it used to.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday with family

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RickB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love Monzu...the owners are absolutely cute and wonderful. The pasta is always fresh and homemade. Weekends offer some really nice specials that they will pair perfectly with their wine choices!

It is our go-to for a nice, relaxing, fun meal!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Most authentic Italian we’ve had in the states.

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EdwardS
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! N.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monzu never fails. Fantastic food from fantastic people.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the BEST gnocchi I’ve had in my life. When one of the staff asked how was it. I sat there dumbfounded because I couldn’t find the words to communicate how incredible it was. I felt like Anton Ego in Ratatouille when he tried “Little Chef’s” dish. It was an awakening of what food can be. Transformative, sensational, spellbinding: that’s how I would describe the entire meal and Monzu. When the meal was completed, I was a cross between satisfied and saddened. I was saddened because the most exquisite Italian meal I’ve ever had was done and my stomach wouldn’t allow me to consume any more. I will most certified be back every time I visit San Diego.

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vipDarrellT
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best pasta in SD-hands down!

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Randiz
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Monzu, you can’t go wrong with anything there, and we look forward to the specials!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was tasty and server was friendly.

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FrankieM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monzu is an absolute delightful restaurant with the best fresh pasta. The servings are plentiful, and the flavors seriously cannot be beat. Try the tiramisu and anything with the gnocchi!

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BrianaM
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the fresh focaccia and pasta. Friendly and relaxing vibe even though we were late to our reservation. Cant wait to come back!

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FelipeM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fresh pasta in a charming neighborhood restaurant. The service is excellent too.

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vipLSwik
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their fresh homemade pastas, flatbreads and salads are all great. Very reasonable wine list. The only drawback is how cold it is at night for streetside dining that your food will get cold before you get through it. Alas, the nights will get warmer soon. If you go, you’ll definitely go back

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vipLorieB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I can remember in a long time! I cannot say enough about the amazing flavor or my pasta. The focaccia was even home made! Delicious!!!!

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sarahs
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Italian owned and operated. One of the best lasagnas I’ve ever had. Truffle ravioli was also amazing.

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vipsmartfox
Salt Lake City
34 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This family-owned Italian restaurant may be small but its food is mighty in its goodness.

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vipLSwik
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hospitality and the food at Monzu both come from the heart and soul of the family that owns the place and your dining experience couldn’t be in better hands.

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Veronica
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and over the top service with a beautiful outside eating area and ambience, coupled alongside many heaters and gorgeous lighting.

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Chris
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with a friend a few days ago. Raviolis were amazing. I loved their wine list and their outdoor dining area. 5/5

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koss
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

cold meatballs and totally forgot one of our entrees

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vipJonathan
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta is amazing! Workers are so nice! Great place to come for the best experience.

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vipLSwik
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is spot on, authentic and delicious consistently. I highly recommend Monzu

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vipDavidJ
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to see Monzu has reopened. Their expanded patio area was nice, especially with the space heaters. They did have a updated menu, of course the pastas are the real reason to visit. So many great options. We went with the Carbonara and Squash Ravioli -so good. Great wine selection, too.

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vipsmartfox
Salt Lake City
34 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my third visit to San Diego in 3 months, I am thrilled to discover this jewel. Authentic, incredibly well-priced dishes are the driver here. The Spaghetti Carbonara was the quintessential real version, delightfully salty and nutty with pecorino Romano and guanciale. The texture was perfect with the fresh pasta and three egg yolks. Outstanding menu in every category including well priced wines.

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AlbertoR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italian restaurant in town! They're cannoli were amazing

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place.

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giarose
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is family owned and just absolutely incredible! It is clear how much love and care goes into the food. I've been 3 times now and have never had a poor experience. I drive an hour to eat here and I don't plan on stopping any time soon. If you're thinking about going, go. Period.

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JohannaG
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love supporting small businesses and Monzu has been a staple of East Village for years. wonderful friendly service, great fresh pastas and meats, seasonal options. We enjoyed our dinner and will be coming back soon to enjoy more pasta and wine on their new outdoor deck that is super spacious and covid-friendly.

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AlbertoR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real authentic Italian cuisine. The pasta is so tasty and you can tell that all the food is fresh and homemade

FAQs

Monzu Fresh Pasta does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Monzu Fresh Pasta also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 255-5032.

Monzu Fresh Pasta is rated 4.8 stars by 144 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.