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Monello Little Italy--Underwhelmed


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Monello Little Italy--Underwhelmed

El Chevere | | Dec 19, 2012 05:29 PM

Went to to Monello for dinner last night with high hopes following the recommendations of others, but sadly left a little disappointed. A friend of mine and I shared their Bencotto pizza and aglio olio pasta dish and we both felt both dishes were missing an ingredient or two that would make the dishes stand out......maybe the fact they use ricotta cheese instead of mozzarela made a difference with the pizza but it was not that flavorful (though the crust was good). The people next to us ordered their pie with sausage--maybe that might have made a difference. The pizza supposedly has pancetta incorporated into the sauce, but it was very hard for me to detect this at all. Because I happen to like Bencotto (by San Diego standards), I will give Monello another shot by trying another couple of dishes, but I left a bit terms of ambience, the designer did a wonderful job and it has a much warmer, homier feel than Bencotto with far better acoustics but I prefer the food at Bencotto. I would be more inclined to visit Monello for a cocktail rather than the food based on what I ate.

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