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“Good memories and Great food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mona Lisa Italian Foods Allied Gardens

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Mona Lisa Italian Foods Allied Gardens
5156 Waring Rd, San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 286-2242
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Ranked #1,479 of 4,093 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Sandwiches
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Milton, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good memories and Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

While having a mini family reunion in San Diego, we went to Mona Lisa's in Allied Gardens for our first meal after arriving. Since we had lived in that area this was a favorite place for us back in the 70's. The food and atmosphere are still as wonderful as it was back then. Anyone who eats there will get a real treat.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
“Can't go to San Diego without getting a Mona Lisa Pizza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

I admit that I'm biased. This was the very first restaurant all my children visited. It's been run by the Apparito family forever and they do a great job. We've been going to Mona Lisa in Allied Gardens for many, many years.

Although we now live out-of-the area, when we're in San Diego, we always make sure to plan at least one meal at Mona's.

We basically stick with the cheese or pepperoni pizza and the salad, and a very good pizza they make, too. Perfectly cooked, great sauce, just the right amount of cheese and toppings. Love the dinner salad; one of my kids (now an adult) says the Italian dressing is the absolute best in the world, and always asks me to bring some home for him when I'm lucky enough to visit.

I have eaten many pizzas all over the world, but for great service, comfortable surroundings and an all around yummy pizza that never disappoints, urge you to try Mona Lisa in Allied Gardens. Highly, highly recommend!

Bon Appetito!

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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California
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Real Italian Tasting Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

. This Italian restaurant run by an Italian family, still uses the recipes that were first used by their family who started the restaurant. Their food tastes like the stuff I got in Italy. We have visited this restaurant often lately and have always been greeted and served by friendly servers

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Authentic tasting Italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Spent much time in Italy while I was in the Navy. Many Italian restaurants in San Diego are influenced by the cooks who are not Italian. Mona Lisa has that good old Italian flaver

Visited December 2011
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Alexandria, VA
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170 reviews 170 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Great Family Owned Family Italian Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

Good service & great food.

I had a lasagna. We with friend. Great dinner with friend discussing old times.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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