Created by a husband-and-wife team from Northern Italy, Guido Nistri and Valentina Di Pietro, with the support of Chef Fabrizio Cavallini, Monello offers a unique approach to Italian cooking. Combining their range of experiences from the restaurant business in Milano, Modena, San Diego, and New York, the philosophy at Monello is that food can be made simple and supremely delicious and that everything on the menu is prepared fresh and made to order. The owners’ unique approach to Italian cooking tradition offers handmade “home-style” dishes in an environment that reflects who they are—a young generation of Italians who celebrate their culinary heritage, presented in a modern, relaxed, and inviting kitchen-restaurant.
As ethnic neighborhoods in other cities assimilate to American life, the exuberant local flavor of San Diego’s Little Italy remains both culturally and culinarily distinct. Tucked between Interstate 5 and San Diego Bay southeast of San Diego International Airport, the blocks surrounding the landmark Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church contain many of the most notable eateries and gourmet cafes in America’s Finest City.” Join Maria Desiderata Montana, a daughter of that Italian heritage and one of the city’s most notable food writers, on this savory tour through the zesty Italian food traditions, businesses and recipes both in Little Italy and across San Diego.