San Diego Food Love: Monello

traditional piadina -- filled with prosciutto and burrata

Have you been to Monello in Little Italy, San Diego? It is one of my FAVORITES! I have been twice in the last couple months and each time I found something to love. Mark and I first went for a date night during our staycation. Then Angela from SD Mom’s Night Out and I brought our daughters in for a sampling of what Monello will provide at the Relax in Style event this Thursday…YUM!

traditional piadina -- filled with prosciutto and burrata

Monello is a sponsor of our next SD Mom’s Night Out event at BoConcept. They are providing appetizers and cookies. We are so excited to have them at the event. Since the event will be in Little Italy we really wanted to bring in local fare for the guests to enjoy. We will also have bites from Isola Pizza Bar.

SD Mom’s Night Out Appetizers
Traditional Piadina (shown above) – This delicious ‘sandwich’ is filled with prosciutto, burrata and arugula.
Supreme Meat Slices – An assortment of salumi will be served with slices of bread.
Homemade Tarallucci Cookies – These are a crunchy almond cookie perfect for an evening treat. 

supreme cold cuts
tarallucci cookies

Angela and I each ordered an espresso while we were at Monello tasting the appetizers. It was just what I needed with our late morning meal.


I love this photo I snapped of my girl right before our tasting. She is such a good helper and always excited to go to work with mommy.

lunch date

After we tasted the appetizers we thought we would try a pizza while we were there. We tried the formaggi: mozzarella, parmigiano, fontina, gorgonzola. It was amazing and the kiddos loved it too.

pizza from Monello

I wanted to share some of the items we tried during our staycation date night too. Monello has an amazing happy hour from 4-7 pm. If you sit at the bar and order a drink you will receive a round of appertifs with your cocktail. This was perfect.

Appertivos from Monello

This is the Italian way and Monello really enjoys sharing their culture. I absolutely love trying small bites so I can see what I like. We each ordered 2 drinks so we ended up with 6 aperitifs. The strawberry bellini o rossini was definitely my kind of drink.


If you want to try an amazing pasta try the Cacio E Pepe: evoo, black pepper, pecorino, parmigiano. This pasta is rich, creamy, cheesy and absolutely fabulous. Mark and I made a meal of just this pasta, our aperitifs and cocktails. It was just the right amount of food.

pasta and cheese from Monello

Monello shares traditional Italian street food with origins from Milan. The culture is very humble and incredibly helpful. I can’t wait to go again and try something else made with their famous pecorino cheese.


750 West Fir Street, Suite 102-B
San Diego – Little Italy

We received a sampling of items that will be served at the SD Mom’s Night Out Relax in Style event. All opinions are my own. 


I love sharing about family, food and fun in and around San Diego! Enjoy, Bri

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  1. My mouth is watering. Everything looks delicious! Will def have to try it out next time I’m down in Little Italy. I love that area!

  2. Love Illy’s coffee. Just knowing that they serve it, tells me this restaurant knows what’s up. 🙂

  3. I always love your photos! They are fantastic and all that food looks amazing!

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