Monzu Fresh Pasta, a future eatery aiming to combine Italian tradition with contemporary flavors, will open March 2018 at 455 Tenth Avenue in San Diego’s East Village. The concept will serve authentic Italian fresh pastas and sauces crafted in-house using regional ingredients, plus a retail section featuring a rich assortment of raw fresh pasta to cook at home as well as Italian delicatessen products.
Monzu is the family-owned creation of Aldo de Dominicis Rotondi and Serena Romano, who share family ties to Italy’s wine industry and a strong belief in the slow food movement. Having trained with Italy’s master pasta makers, de Dominicis Rotondi and Romano will lead the kitchen in creating Monzu’s all-day menu, which will follow centuries-old pasta making techniques and feature flavors inspired by distinct Italian regions including Sicily, Campania and Puglia.
Guests can expect a wide range of pastas—like ravioli, tonnarelli, tagliatelle and lasagna—personalized with customer’s choice of house sauces such as Bolognese and basil and pine nut pesto. Monzu will offer daily specials and weekly-changing regional recipes, and several dishes will cater to dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan diets. Pastas will be sold as over-the-counter grab-and-go food but may also be enjoyed within the dining room while sipping on Italian wines and local craft beers.
For those hoping to bring the experience home, Monzu will offer a retail section wherein guests will find “cotto” (cooked) and “crudo” (raw) fresh pastas for home preparation alongside imported delicatessen items like extra virgin olive oil, cured meats, Italian cheeses, panettone and taralli. Monzu will also offer wholesale pasta sales to local restaurants and food service businesses.
“Fresh pasta is the quintessential comfort food in Italy. We are really excited to bring this authentic, affordable Italian staple to San Diego,” said co-founder Aldo De Dominicis Rotondi.
The space’s interior will include a bright white and yellow color scheme set around a cozy and casual dining room with Mediterranean décor details. Upon entering, guests will find the day’s menu displayed on a large board above the ordering counter, and to the right Monzu’s retail section. A possible garage door-style window may open vertically to additional sidewalk seating along Tenth Avenue.
“We love the food scene in San Diego and are looking forward to getting in touch with the local community. San Diegans are extremely self-aware of their food choices yet are open to new concepts, and we hope they will embrace what Monzu Fresh Pasta has to offer,” said co-founder Serena Romano.