By Rosanne Adamo
As a child growing up in San Diego, I was already familiar with the always-charming Mona Lisa Italian Foods. They’ve supplied my family with many meals worth of spiraled sausage and hunks of the sharpest, smelliest Romano cheese. This deli, which doubles as a restaurant, sampled a simple cheese lasagna and garlic bread. More impressive than their food were the two gentlemen manning their table. Their friendly demeanor made us feel right at home.
I was less familiar with the next few places on my list, two eateries I didn’t know existed in Little Italy that made an extremely positive and surprising impression. Mimmo’s dished up the most flavorful pesto gnocchi and Cavatappi sausage pasta. Additionally, the restaurant is elaborately designed to create an ambiance that makes you feel like you are walking the cobblestone streets of Italy, complete with street lamps and balconies. I strongly recommend it for your next Tinder date - it’s enough to make anyone fall in love. Monello stole the show with fig risotto served out of a large Parmigiano wheel. It was the most creative and enjoyable item we ran into on our walk and we will absolutely be back for a full portion.
We ended our evening with Indigo Grill’s refreshing shrimp and bay scallop ceviche. We sat down for signature cocktails in their swanky bar area - top button of pants unbuttoned, stomachs full, and a food coma smile in our hearts. All signs of a satisfying “Taste Of” event.