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Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant

(2 Reviews)

5156 Waring Rd, San Diego, CA 92120

(619) 286-2242

Today: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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General Info
Located in the Allied Gardens neighborhood of San Diego, our authentic homestyle Italian food and restaurant is well known, elegant and delicious. Our dining room offers the perfect atmosphere for private parties while accommodating the more intimate dining experiences. Our menu is flexible and offers savory Italian favorites. At Mona Lisa Italian Foods, we have everything from a la carte options to the very best in authentic home style Italian catering for large groups. Our low priced catering services offer a wide variety of foods and services for homes, offices, weddings and banquets. If you don't have time to dine in, we also have a takeout menu available with the same exquisite taste.

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master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
Allied Gardens West
Allied Gardens, Eastern San Diego

Mona Lisa Italian Foods

Mona Lisa Italian Resturant

Mona Lisa Italian Foods Allied Gardens

Italian Restaurants, Pizza, Mediterranean Restaurants, Caterers, Sandwich Shops, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Sandwiches, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Fantastic Italian Food

I lived in the Allied Gardens area for many years before moving to North County. This little restaurant on Waring Road was the only sadness of moving away. The Mona Lisa restaurants are both family owned but the recipes are completely different between the Allied Gardens and Downtown locations. The Mona Lisa on Waring Road specifically, has by far the best pizza in the county. Forget Chicago or New York. When I have guests in from the Midwest, this is the first place everyone asks to go. Everyone unanimously agrees, it's the best pizza anywhere. I know big statement but hey, it's the truth. Their crust recipe is unique. It has a distinctive and pleasing flavor that I've yet to find anywhere else. It makes the pie. Their sauce and toppings are always fresh, high quality and cooked perfectly. Oh and their sandwiches? It's always a tossup between which we'll order, pizza or torpedo. The sandwich begins on a toasted torpedo roll that is always fresh, crispy and again with a wonderful flavor that makes the meal. We may have moved but my wife and I often drive from La Costa to treat ourselves to a great meal. Once you've had their pizza or torpedoes, everything else falls short. Give it a try. For a preview, go to monalisaitalianfoods dot com You won't be disappointed

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Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst Food , minimal service

We went to Mona Lisa (on the recommendation of an aquaintence) to celebrate my 58th birthday.
We ordered Lasagnia, Eggplant Parmesian and Spaghetti. The eggplant tasted (and appeared) to have been sliced, placed on a plate, covered with mozzarella cheese and then microwaved. It had no Parmesian, was bitter and the sauce on all 3 dishes tasted as though someone had dumped a 25 pound bag of sugar in it.
After receiving the food, the waitress never returned to the table again (there were 3 on duty and fewer customers). We had to ask several times for the check.
If you want real Italian food, go elsewhere or make it yourself. It couldn't be worse than what was served at Mona Lisa. (Canned food would have been better quality).