I’ve heard great things about Monello, an Italian restaurant specializing in street cuisine. I’ve heard especially good things about their pizza and happy hour.
So this past weekend, Mr. K and I went to check out both.
Between 4-7pm, they serve Milanese Aperitivo, which is their version of happy hour, at the bar and on the patio. For each regular-priced cocktail you order, they give you three complimentary small dishes.
Meals start with complimentary Lupini beans.
Lightly salted, these are similar to edamame beans. You pop them in your mouth and throw out the shell.
Sweet Vermouth (rock & twist)
The vermouth is made in house and I absolutely love it. I tasted it once before and have been wanting to get a full size version ever since.
Mr. K chose this version which is sweet vermouth mixed with club soda. We both preferred the rock & twist version I ordered because the club soda diluted the sweet vermouth and made the drink more bitter.
Potatoes, Saffron bread pudding, Panini
For our complimentary small bites, we were served potatoes, bread pudding and panini. We each got a set of the three plates and the variety changes daily. With each additional round of drinks, you get three more different ones. Unfortunately, we’re both light weights so one drink each was enough. These were alright, but nothing particularly stood out. My favorite was the potatoes.
Still, for $8 (that was the price of the drink I chose) you got a drink and three small plates, which isn’t a bad deal.
We’ve been on the hunt to find pizza as good as the ones we ate in Italy. Our favorite so far has been Pizzeria Mozza so we are eagerly anticipating the opening of the San Diego branch in a few weeks. We heard good things about Monello so we had to give it a try. Normally, we stick to margherita pizza, but my research told me Bencotto is their most popular one.
We enjoyed the sauce as well as the thin, crunchy crust. I liked the pizza, but not nearly as much as Mozza.
We had a good time here and the staff was friendly. I do want to come back and explore more of the menu.
750 W Fir St
San Diego, CA 92101