If you are an East Coast refugee salivating for a Union Square pizza or maybe some Little Italy meatballs and spaghetti, take heart. This authentic ... More
Mona Lisa Itallian Restaurant
If you are an East Coast refugee salivating for a Union Square pizza or maybe some Little Italy meatballs and spaghetti, take heart. This authentic Italian deli and restaurant will satisfy your cravings. Family owned and operated, Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant specializes in homemade submarines, pasta and pizza. This place just may become your home away from home. Better yet, if you are a newcomer to Italian cuisine this is a tasty introduction to a genuine Italian deli.
First of all, let's get one thing straight. There are three different locations of the Mona Lisa, owned and operated by three different families. The Mona Lisa in Little Italy is unquestionally the best. I have been going there for about a year and have never had any problems. The food is great, the prices are incredible, and the employees will bend over backwards to serve your every need. All these people that are giving bad reviews must be talking about the other locations. Today I was in the store and some crazy lady said the cashier never put two bottles of wine in her bag (like she wouldnt have seen the wine bottles sitting on the counter before she left!). When the owner asked to see her bag and her reciept, she said she had neither. The lady began to scream and holler, causing a scence. The owner told her to take two more wine bottles and forget the whole thing. See what I mean with how much they value their customer. Best enviroment, service, and food in all of San Diego.
The ambience in this restaurant is great. You feel like you are sitting down to an authentic Italian restaurant in NYC or Brooklyn in the 1950's. It's warm, cozy and cheery.
I liked the food, but my Italian father was certain that their pasta sauce was a commercial brand from a jar - which is sacreligious in Italian families. He therefore did not like the restaurant at all. The sauce was quite thick and salty.
I enjoyed their crisp fresh salads, the minestrone soup and their breads (they'll bring you plain bread instead of garlic bread if you ask for it).
It probably is like your typical Italian restaurant in the 1950's - back when anything more than spaghetti and meatballs was too exotic for Americans. But it is just fine for a nice, hearty meal.
this place rocks.
lunchtime is when ive gone..its kinda cafetera style, but there is also a sit-down menu.
all the food is great, and the staff is really great.
its in the heart of little italy, so its nice to take a walk afterward and enjoy the neighborhood. definately a great place to eat durring a lunch hour!
We enjoyed the art on the walls and ceiling. As for the the food quality, I have my own favorite italian restaurants here in Fort Worth/Dallas, TX but the Mona Lisa totally outclassed them all with better food, better by far than any of my other favorites.
I would suggest that anyone visiting the great city of San Francisco should make eating at the Mona Lisa a must! Was it overly expensive? No. I was very surprised at the reasonable prices.
It did have one downside, it spoiled me. Everyone in my party shared my view.
Looking for good prosciutto? This is the place that you will find it. I go at least twice a month to buy the things I just can't live without. The prosciutto di Parma is quite costly, but hey, its imported.. You can also get good Italian cheeses such as Parmiggiano (sold in yummy blocks) and Mozzarella.. Definitely a great place to splurge.
The service is very friendly, return customers become family! The food is authentically Italian! Fair prices. Overall its a great Italian Restaurant. One thing I really appreciate, they are willing to modify their menu selections if necessary, its never a problem. Any request is never a burden!
Mona Lisa is one of the best family-style restaurants I've eaten at. They're ricotta dishes are exceptional (i.e. lasagna, manicotti, raviolli) and the ingredients tasted fresh. Their pizza is pretty good but the minestrone soup was the best I've had in a long, long time--with a ton of veggies (My wife's a vegetarian and it's the only minestrone she eats).
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