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Mona Lisa Italian Foods Allied Gardens

5156 Waring Rd, At Zion in Allied Gardens, San Diego, CA 92120-2706
+1 619-286-2242
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
5156 Waring Rd, At Zion in Allied Gardens, San Diego, CA 92120-2706
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

Food good and plentiful, friendly place to eat ,also seemed to be busy. staff great. Plenty of choice,not expenses to eat or drink.

Thank Edward M
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Good lunch variety with decent prices, but average food. The chicken Parmigian sandwich was bland as was the chicken on the chicken cesar salad. The minestrone soup was good flavor. Recommend if on limited time in the area.

Thank Uandi23
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

The pizza was loaded with tons of fresh toppings. The atmosphere and market are old school and enjoyable. It’s a nice break from the fady and clicky overpriced new places. Service was good, and we look forward to coming back!

Thank ExploringViking96
Reviewed 28 November 2017

As a native to San Diego my go to place for all "Authentic Italian Food" is Little Italy and one of the best is "Mona Lisa" This is a family run business forever. Place does look a little dated but I do not go there...More

Thank Don T
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Enjoyed our appetizers here. We were eating our way through Little Italy and this was our first stop. Great food, authentic Italian, great service and very helpful.

Thank travelblonde8412
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

I would have given a 5, but our service was average at best... The food was flavorful and big portions. The market has some great Italian foods, wine, and deli. These kinds of places are what defines Little Italy, they could just brush up on...More

Thank ExploringViking96
Reviewed 11 October 2017

First plenty of parking, very cute little restaurant, very clean, super friendly serves and great pasta. To start a large garden salad with caesar dressing also fresh garlic bread that comes with the meal. The marinara sauce was very fresh, I had the vegetarian lasagne,...More

Thank Rich1701
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

I love this place. Very family oriented, like you are eating at home. Great food and service. I can't keep myself from ordering the Chicken Piccata - Large portions - share or take it home.

Thank Jean M
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Went here with family and this is classic family Italian home cooking. Pizza was fantastic. Every server and employee was attentive and friendly. We felt very welcome and comfortable. As a visitor I am always looking for places like this that only locals know about....More

Thank Graydon P
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Nice curb appeal - looks 'authentic' Italian (and is, I suppose), or maybe 'traditional' is a better adjective. Interior decor is a bit dated, but again, that kind of adds to the 'traditional' feel. I guess the menu is a bit dated too. I was...More

Thank PeteEgg
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Response from Jean M | Reviewed this property |
Glad you loved it. We did too ! 😄
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5156 Waring Rd, At Zion in Allied Gardens, San Diego, CA 92120-2706
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-286-2242
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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