|Monello's Nutella pancakes|
Little Italy's Monello, which means 'naughty little boy' in Italian, recently added some delicious dishes to its weekend brunch, offered every Saturday and Sunday. We stopped in to sample some of the new treats and enjoyed fantastic offerings that blend American-style favorites with Italian flair.
Monello is the little brother of neighboring Bencotto, both owned and operated by Milanese husband and wife Guido and Valentina, as well as Executive Chef Fabrizio Cavallini. Monello is inspired by Italian culinary traditions and the upscale street food found in Milan - simple dishes prepared with high quality ingredients. At Monello, take comfort in the fact that if it is not sourced from Italy, it comes from local markets, with most ingredients prepared in house - from the mozzarella to the bread and pasta to the sweet vermouth.
Monello is located on a quiet street in Little Italy with a European-style, dog-friendly patio, featuring glimpses of the San Diego Bay and harbor. Described as "trattoria chic," the ultra modern interior boasts stamped concrete walls, a bakery display for prepared piattini and a sit down bar stocked with wines and spirits. On a saunter to the restrooms, be sure to take notice of the refrigerator display cases where cured meats and cheeses are described and marked with their location of origin.
|Cornetto al San Danielle|
Start your meal with Patate el Salto - locally sourced sausage, rich cheese sauce and three eggs served over easy atop a bed of roasted potatoes. Or for those interested in a lighter dish, opt for the Cornetto con Frittata or Cornetto al San Danielle ($13), both include most delicious roasted potatoes and your choice of bombolone. The Italian take on the American breakfast sandwich, these light and flaky croissants are stuffed with a variety of produce, meats and cheeses sure to satisfy any appetite. A great option for sharing is the Brunch Piadina - rolled bites of traditional Italian flatbread filled with eggs, applewood smoked bacon and fontina cheese, served with a side of roasted potatoes and arriabbiata sauce for dipping.
|Single nutella pancake - $5|