Monzu Fresh Pasta

4.8
106 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
What 106 people are saying
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JohannaG
Vancouver
4 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh food and friendly staff

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tummytummy
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was delicious and the waitress was very hospitable

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vipMario
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner host is fantastic
Great food as always and safe clean place
Nice wine selection

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vipDavidJ
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time we had the pesto gnochetti/sardi and the carbonara. Highly recommended - delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with my date last week. Had their prosciutto raviolis, my date had bolognaise pasta. Super tasty and fresh, service was spectacular!!!! Thanks guys!

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GeorgeD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice little place. I was early and the staff worked hard to accommodate. Food was good. No specials yet but the standard food was good. Would eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Msot of the food was mediocre the night we were there. Meatballs were great, as were cacio ravioli, but the other 5 meals and 3 apps our group had were eh. Service was also quite slow, although they were very nice.

DJ
vipDavidJ
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time we had Nona's Chicken, a pesto Gnochetti and a bottle of chianti. Great meal, as usual!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious pleasure

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I had the traditional pasta bolognese, and I thought about how delicious often since then. My husband had a special and our daughter had flat bread, and we all loved our food. Everything was looked and tasted so fresh and perfect.

The staff was friendly and attentive in just the right way.

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vipKevinS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Mouthwatering, fresh Italian food. Had a great Tim!

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HeatherH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing every time. We got the cacio e Pepe ravioli, and the cestino al tartufu. So delicious and fresh. Both owners visited our table and they are so friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Date night wanted to try new spot

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service & food was excellent !

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ChrisG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Don't let the looks fool you. It's not fancy at all. As a matter of fact when we walked up I thought it was a "fast food" Italian place or something. But, the food...omg...so good! Everything we had was outstanding. Flavor for days.
All pastas are homemade on site. We sat outside at a little table with a candle, bottle of wine and total scrumptiousness. We will 100 percent for sure be back. Mouth is watering now just thinking about it. Owners are from Italy and work the tables themselves. Awesome!

JG
vipJeffG
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best homemade pasta and flatbreads in downtown San Diego. Great Italian wines at affordable prices. Super friendly and professional service. Love this spot!

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vipDaveFromPlano
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best Pasta I can remember, ever. All made in house by a very experienced and talented husband/wife team.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s like an authentic bistro in Italy. Excellent food and service.

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vipTheDooleys
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monzu is the Beat Pasta in San Diego.
Authentic Italian from an amazing couple. Service is incredible and feels like you’re always dining with friends.

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Morgan
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! I've never had a bad plate of food here. If I could rate it 20 stars I would. The pasta here is life changing. I recommend this place to everyone I know. I am already planning to go back ASAP.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg everything was delicious and the owner is super nice. The service was impeccable.

JR
vipJaredR
Tahoe
59 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! We got the zucchini blossoms and scallops for an appetizer and the Parmesan bowl pasta for dinner. The Parmesan bowl was incredible. I could have just ate it over and over and over. Delicious, authentic and service was impeccable.

DJ
vipDavidJ
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time we had the Rigotoni Amatriciana and the Linguini Carbonara. The carbonara has been one of our long time favorites here, it was on point as usual. The amatriciana was a special, not on the regular menu, it was really good! Wine pairings made for a delightful meal.

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David
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top-notch Italian food in an unassuming setting. Don’t pass it by!

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HeatherH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. Freshest and best pasta I have had in a really long time. I cannot wait to go back

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JoeV
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love pasta, cheese, and Italian food in general you definitely need to eat here. It's amazingly good, everything is well seasoned not your typical bland olive garden food... And the price is very affordable and reasonable, good size portions too. We had amazing servers, and even though we had to sit outside due to Covid, it wasn't noisy or anything.

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vipLianaS
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Really nice people just kind of seemed a bit disorganized, took a while to get checked on, for take out boxes, to get our check, to have our check picked up. Butternut squash blossom appetizer was divine, pastas were lackluster. The handmade pastas were good but the sauces werent anything to write home about and they seemed overcooked.

Monzu Fresh Pasta
Responded on August 22, 2020

Hi Liana, Thanks for the feedback and the kind words on the appetizer, we love the zucchini blossoms. All our pasta is cooked al dente, but perhaps you prefer it even firmer than we do. We are sorry if you think that our service wasn't on par with the rest of your experience. Our system shows that you sat at 7:30 and the following reservation sat down at your table at 8:36. We don't think that speaks of a slow service but next time we will do our best to speed it up for you. Aldo&Serena

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vipTheDooleys
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE BEST ITALIAN EVER

It’s the most authentic Italian food I’ve ever had. The most incredible couple breads true hospitality.

A must have in San Diego

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FelipeM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience all around

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at the Monzu on Sunday night! Lovely service from Juliana, and amazing food! You have to try the ravioli with ricota (great tip: add truffle to it ) OMG THE BEST! We are definitely going back! Thank you for the great time! Covid wise: they are very careful with a barcode menu and outside sitting! :)

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LeighS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! We first met Serena & Aldo during a cooking class and have loved their fresh cuisine ever since. Dining at their restaurant is a real treat, though picking up a tray of pasta to enjoy at home is just as satisfying. Pair their food with authentic wines and mangia!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I absolutely love every aspect to Monzu. I genuinely feel happier once I make a reservation knowing I will be headed to Monzu later in the day, and get even happier once we get there.

DJ
vipDavidJ
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nonna's chicken is really something special. We normally go here for pasta, but this chicken is so good!

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TrishaY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple menu with great options. Fast and friendly service. Good wine menu. It's incredible that a casual restaurant is serving high-end meals at reasonable prices. I will be back!

Bonus, since they having outdoor seating at this time, I was able to bring my dog and they were so kind to bring him some water.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Best Italian food ever!

DJ
vipDavidJ
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! As always. Thank you! We like the carbonara and the pesto the best.

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Ryan
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

#1 Italian in San Diego. Fresh pasta made daily. Presentation was delightful. Staff friendly and laid back. Best Tiramisu I've ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post-covid meal at our favorite spot. The wife loves it. All the raviolis are amazing the truffle pasta is the best I have ever had.

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 106 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.