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.
I've lived in San Diego for 15 years and have eaten at nearly every Italian food restaurant available (being bred on the East coast, I felt it my duty). I had eaten at Mona Lisa about 10 years ago and it was okay. Last night a friend convinced me to try it again, that it has improved.
Not only has it not improved, the quality of food has diminshed. The italian dressing is cloudy and is of a Wish-Bone quality at best. Both entrees were sent back due to being served cold, the garlic bread was cold as well, and our neighbors pizza was burnt all around the edges.
From what I see, this restaurant is an institution in San Diego, there was a wait to get in and the customers seemed relatively happy (maybe it's the wine). I'm sorry to say, not I nor my friends will be visiting Mona Lisa again. I will stick with Nicolosi's (best homemade italian dressing and baked bread available that I have yet to find on the West coast). A little more costly - but, definately worth every penny!
I have been going to this restaurant for 24 years and is the only place I will get pizza from. My husband is now a convert. Try the 4 cheese pizza it is excellent. I also love the ravioli's. The eggplant is great too. There is nothing on the menu I don't like.
I ordered a simple plate of pasta with meatballs. It was served in a plate full of water, and I've bought better sauce on sale at Ralphs. My wife and kids got the soggiest pizza ever. I don't know, maybe the kitchen was just flooded?
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