|Monello's brunch pizza|
Some of my fondest memories derive from a summer spent traveling throughout Italy. Italia is a remarkable country where the people embrace the beauty of simplicity, understand the comforts of leisure and take pride in even the smallest of tasks. So it goes at Monello in the 'Q' Building of Little Italy, where we recently enjoyed a stellar Italian-inspired weekend brunch on a most beautiful San Diego day. As the warm sun shined in my face, I sipped on my Bellini, enjoyed a simple salad of rocket and fresh mozzarella, ordered my brunch, and was instantly swept back to Parma. But wait, does 'brunch' as we know it even exist in Italy?
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To get into the mood, we ordered one of each of the brunch cocktails: an Italian version of the Parisian Mimosa, the Bellini combines peach puree with Prosecco, while the Rossini combines strawberry basil puree with the Italian sparkling white wine ($10). Both were refreshing and definitely featured the delicate wine rather than their fruity additions, making a not-so-sweet compliment to a savory meal.
We also opted for the brunch pizza, which was more than enough to fill two hungry brunch goers ($14 and only served on Sat. & Sun.). This bad boy is Monello's fantastic crust topped with ingredients sourced from Saturday's Little Italy Farmers' Market - cheese sauce, crisp bacon, sauteed spinach, and two sunny side up eggs. A great rendition of a rising trend, this pizza would be fun to share amongst a group and definitely comes recommended.
Monello is an undeniably authentic and welcomed addition to the vibrant and bustling neighborhood of Little Italy. As a recent recipient of the coveted 'Quality' rating from the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West (one of the first San Diego recipients of this world-renowned designation), the Bencotto family of restaurants stays true to its roots, while embracing local trends and products to provide a quality dining experience.
Monello is located at 750 West Fir Street, Little Italy and is open offering lunch Tuesday - Sunday beginning at 11:30 AM; aperitivo from 4-7 PM; and dinner from 5 - 10PM; as well as farmer's market brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM - 3:30PM.
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750 West Fir Street, Little Italy
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