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Mona Lisa Italian Foods Allied Gardens

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5156 Waring Rd, San Diego, CA 92120
+1 619-286-2242
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 22:00
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Lehi, Utah
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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. We were lucky enough to stumble in for a late dinner.

Thank Graydon P
Rockford, Michigan
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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 expecting something more 'fresh' and with some zing, but I was off-target for what Mona... More 

Thank PeteEgg
Eagle, Idaho
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34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

What a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. The lunch menu is pretty simple - just pasta, pizza, and sandwiches, but the sauces are superb. Everything is obviously prepared fresh. We can't wait to go back for dinner. The waitress told us the restaurant had just celebrated its 50th year at that location, and she was celebrating her 30th, having started there... More 

Thank oldnevadan
Fairbanks, Alaska
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

It's as fresh as it gets. They cut the meat right in front of you . I ordered 2 to go and they were both fantastic. Busy place so parking may be a challenge but it's worth it. If you like Italian this is a stop to do.

Thank kentonbear
San Diego, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Now I understand why they have been around so long: probably the best pizza in San Diego. Great salad. We've only done take-out, so can't really comment on ambience, but take-out service was perfect.

Thank Richard P
San Diego, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

My husband loves the pizza. I'm not a pizza lover so I go for the pasta. It's tasty! The salads are great! Really good Italian food. It's a go to spot for birthdays and lil parties. Great family restaurant!!

Thank Christy P
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

If you are around India street in downtown San Diego -Little Italy-, and you are hungry and want good food, quick and family priced go to Mona Lisa. It was great! I had the minestrone and then lasagna, both excellent!

Thank Daniela P
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Order the pizza. Though a little pricey it's very good. They also have a great torpedo sandwich lunch special. It even comes with a drink.

Thank 687joannea
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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133 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Mona Lisa in Allied Gardens, not to be confused by another pizzeria with the same name in Little Italy, is the best for a classic Italian pizza. This time we tried the White Pizza and it was incredible. There is a cute dining area, but I think most of their business is for pizza takeout.

Thank Alfredo J
1 review
Reviewed 25 May 2016

had a baby shower and ordered a 9 foot Italian sub, it was a big hit! Freshly made just the way we like it,we got the pasta salad too. This place is terrific!!!!

Thank winnie d

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 25
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5156 Waring Rd, San Diego, CA 92120
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-286-2242

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?