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(619) 501-0030

Open Tuesday - Sunday

Lunch 11:30a - 2:30p
Aperitivo 4p - 7p in the bar or patio
Dinner 2:30p - close
Farmer's Brunch Sa - Su 10a - 3p


750 W Fir St  San Diego, CA 92101
In Little Italy between Kettner and India.


Valet corner of India Street and Fir Street Tuesday-Sunday from 5pm $9.
Kettner/Cedar Lot $10 after 6pm


Or try our brother restaurant next door.


Monello brings you authentic Italian cuisine inspired by modern Milanese street fare.


Milanese Aperitivo voted best! 

Voted Best Happy Hour 2014 & 2016! Complimentary plates with the purchase of a beer, wine, or cocktail 4 - 7pm every day. The selection changes daily. Bar and patio only. Also available for private event.


Italy wakes up in San Diego every weekend with "colazione"; authentic Italian breakfast with homemade pastries, breads, jams and specialty plates. Come and enjoy Italian revision of American classics.

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risotto in the Wheel

Every Wednesday night, our chef reveals a new risotto dish prepared in a 40lb. half-wheel of raspadura parmesan cheese from Lodigiano, Italy.  The cheese melts to a creamy perfection as the risotto is stirred.

Sweet vermouth on Tap

An Italian tradition from the 1700's that inspired some of the most notable cocktails in history. Housemade with locally-sourced produce and a secret blend of roots, bark, botanicals, and herbs.

Hand cut prosciutto

Our hand-cut Prosciutto di Parma is cut straight from the leg and we cut every slice to order. Hand slicing allows you to appreciate the centuries of ancient tradition behind Prosciutto di Parma.

Fresh Pasta made daily

We know pasta. Nothing beats a handmade pasta and Monello produces over 800 lbs of 100% organic fresh pasta weekly. Once you have our pasta, you can never go back to dried pasta again.

Raspa Dura cheese

Monello is the only place in the country to enjoy a cone of raspa dura flakes, shaved to order off our 75 lb cheese wheel. This soft and sweet cheese is imported straight from Bella Lodi Farms near Milan.


Best New Restaurant 2013, Best Pizza, and Best Happy Hour!

"Housemade, 26-ingredient vermouth will have you singing"

"All of the bites were incredible, and had me dreaming in Italiano."



At an Italian dinner, food is the most important guest. Let Monello cater or host your next event. No rental fee for private space. We’ll reply within two hours, guaranteed.



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