Monello Now Open For Breakfast and Brunch in Little Italy

December 19, 2012

Monello, the newly opened “naughty little brother” to San Diego’s “best Italian restaurant,” Bencotto Italian Kitchen, is now offering a Milan-inspired breakfast menu six days a week.  Co-owners Valentina Di Pietro and Guido Nistri will wake up San Diego with home-baked classic Italian goods and regional breakfast favorites

Monello, which translates to an endearing reference to a “naughty little boy” in Italian, offers a“100 percent honest Italian” menu, which celebrates Northern Italian street foods and Milan’s glamorous aperitivo culture.  Featuring expertly-crafted cocktails and complimentary “tastes from the cook,” the restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu spans polenta dishes; homemade spaghetti; flatbreads; pizza; roasted meats and seafood; seasonal vegetables; gelato, sorbet and baked desserts; along with fresh baked breads and pastries.

“Many people in the Italian community begged us to bring “Colazione Italiana” to the neighborhood,” said co-owner Valentina Di Pietro. “Our authentic menu combines the best morning dishes from the old and new worlds: traditional sweet flavors from Milan and savory tastes from the U.S. Everything is made right here in Monello’s kitchen. The smell of our fresh baked pastries and fresh brewed Illy coffee is enough to get anyone out of bed in the morning.”

“Illy Caffe is the number one coffee in Italy,” Valentina continued. “We thought it was the perfect pairing with our morning classics.”

Breakfast is now served daily from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. spotlighting “Colazione”, an authentic Italian breakfast available for sit-down or to-go. The menu features house made pastries, breads and jams along with Panini al Latte, semi-sweet mini roll filled with prosciutto, fontina, frittata and mozzella; “grandma style” apple muffins; Italian style grilled cheese; Cornetti, stuffed croissants and Bomboloni, a filled Italian fried sweet dough.

A few highlights from Monello’s daily breakfast menu include:

·       Frittata Spaghetti with Eggs, Spaghetti, Arrabbiata Sauce and Ricotta

·       Monello Eggs Benedict with Prosciutto, Pesto Hollandaise Sauce and Fontina

·       Panettone French Toast topped with Toasted Almonds, Maple Syrup and Whipped Cream

·       Marmelata alle Fragole e Prosecco Cornetti, a Hand Rolled Italian Style Croissant stuffed with Strawberry and Prosecco Jam

On weekends, guests may enjoy Monello’s Farmer’s Market Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring locally sourced items from the neighborhood Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market.

The brunch menu offers the full daily breakfast menu along with additional options incorporating produce, meat, dairy and eggs from the Little Italy Mercato, including:

·       Brunch Pizza with Cheese Sauce, Bacon, Spinach, topped with Two Eggs

·       Pasticcio, a savory Bread Pudding with Seasonal Vegetables and Parmesan Sauce

·       Pasta al Forno, oven baked with Local Cheese

To top off the well-rounded menu, guests at Monello can choose to savor morning cocktail options including a Rossini made with Prosecco and strawberry basil puree, an array of local and Italian beers, a selection of decanted tap wines and more.

Monello is located at 750 West Fir Street, Suite 102-B, in the heart of San Diego's Little Italy.  To learn more about Monello’s breakfast and brunch options, or to make reservations, visit or call (619) 501-0030, and be sure to follow Monello on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under “LoveMonello”

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