Monzu Fresh Pasta

4.9
179 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 179 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing.
The service and atmosphere amazing.
Going back there in 2 weeks

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RachelH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved, loved, loved this restaurant. The food was outstanding, as was our service. The ONLY downside is we live in N. County and can’t get back there tonight to try more of the beautiful items on the menu. We shared the fig and prosciutto flatbread, the Italian sausage and mushroom pasta, and finished with the Amalfi lemon cake. The couple sitting next to us had 4 totally different items and were just as impressed as we were with their food. So we already know what we’ll be having when we return… hopefully soon!
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vipAndrianiS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best fresh pasta outside of Italy!!❤️

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KevinC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and even better food. Pasta is unbelievable. We will be returning very soon! Thank you for a great night!

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vipBaseballfan22
Central Coast
55 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dined outside an a pop out patio. Excellent service from every staff member. The tagliatelle with bolognese sauce was outstanding, as was the oversized cheese raviolis. A fried mozzarella appetizer with absolutely fresh made mozzarella was also excellent. Wine list was short but solid and very fairly priced. Charming and family owned and run. A great choice if you are anywhere near Petco Park.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and awesome service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Authentic Neapolitan recipes. Quality ingredients. Very impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Tried out the 3 Year Anniversary Brunch . Went with a group and tried all the salate dishes - all dishes were solid except the Cacio e Pepe. Good service and food came out pretty quick. Best one was the pizza.

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SierraS
Tucson
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monzu was a great, unique dining experience. Romantic outdoor dining with an amazing atmosphere. We had the bolognese and green pesto pasta. Is a lot more filling than it looks! Will look forward to coming back here.

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CMmom
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, although note that the red bomb is really spicy. Service was great and the little patio they built is charming.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so good!
Neighbor hood Gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an amazing meal! We just expected some good pasta, but it was beyond expectations! The servers were also amazing. Highly highly highly recommend!

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jeffm
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great home made pasta. Scallops excellent. Would love to see gluten free home made pasta and more seafood choices for protein. Otherwise go and check it out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, excellent service, wonderful ambience! We will definitely go back when we want delicious pasta and a friendly vibe!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow, truly Amazing tastes from a variety of very fresh Pasta. Truly great recommendations here and on Yelp, and every dish has perfect proportions for each course! Quite the gem

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vipAllenO
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great. Only problem was that we did not get credit for our open table reward, which was $50.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Wonderful service! Absolutely delightful!!

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NathanR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love fresh pasta this is the best place downtown. As someone who has travelled to Sicily and across Italy, I can say, with confidence, that the flavors and detailed preparation techniques definitely hit the mark at Monzu. You will not be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best pasta around town

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HeatherH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian ever. Get the gnocchi.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing second time of a million more to come

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IreneM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food was good the restaurant itself lacks ambiance. Wish they would add more to menu

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IdayatA
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for the first time for my birthday. They were very attentive and friendly. Ambience was AMAZING and the food was great! Would definitely be going back and recommend!

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CodyD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best pasta around, greatest owners and staff. Unreal food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The people are very nice. I can see they are really trying. The food was average. My pasta was stuck together and sauce didn’t have much flavor. We did really like the flatbread. The wine list needs some work. The lemon cake was yummy but the creme brûlée wasn’t set so it was soupy. And the seating is super uncomfortable and the benches around the edges has dirt on them. I have mixed feelings on this place. It was decent but I wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I LOVE Monzu! It's my favorite pasta that I've had in all of California (seriously).

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vipBubba
Dublin
23 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and menu choices. On the casual side which is great . All of our group of 5 agreed will definitely go back.

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ErikT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in San Diego. Home made taste.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best pasta I've had. Even better than in Italy! Tried several dishes and they were all amazing.

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KevinC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monzu was amazing! There is nothing like fresh pasta!

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Patrick
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute gem of a restaurant in a desert of mediocrity. Probably the best meal I've had in San Diego so far.

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vipsmartfox
Salt Lake City
39 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monzu’s passion is transmitted beautifully in its menu that really sparks the brain for thinking about what authenticity means in regional Italian cuisine. Becoming a frequent visitor to San Diego, I am thrilled about discovering Monzu and it is in my rotation for must-visit restaurants.

This time, the spring menu included fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with mozzarella -a textural delight serve with a bit of zucchini spaghetti, arugula and cherry tomatoes. The entree was spaghetti with pesto and clams. The peppery bite of the pesto brings out the pine nuts. Smart Italian wine pairings round out the lovely experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food.

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DavidG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Honestly, we had some of the best Italian food here we have ever had in the US!

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vipSupperclub
Seattle
48 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Good selection on the menu. Seated promptly - was a few minutes early for my reservation but there was no one else in the restaurant. I was grateful they had space inside since it was unusually chilly to utilize the large outdoor space they have set up to accommodate Covid restrictions. Was unsure on wine choice so the server offered samples of both which I appreciated. Ordered the cheese and black pepper ravioli with the Bolognese sauce. Pasta was a bit too al dente for my liking but the filling was wonderful. Would have loved a bit of red pepper flakes on top but overall a flavorful sauce.

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JackieO
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
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 on April 17, 2021
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
2 reviews
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
3 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!

FAQs

Monzu Fresh Pasta offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 255-5032.

Monzu Fresh Pasta is rated 4.9 stars by 179 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.