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“Best spaghetti sauce EVER!”

Monty's Restaurant and Pizzeria
Ranked #62 of 162 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Punta Gorda's first authentic Italian restaurant and pizzeria. Established in 1983. Simply said "the best Italian food and pizza around". Ask anyone! Voted Best Pizza year after year by the Harbor Style Magazine Readers. Happy Hour daily 3-7pm. Lunch specials.
Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best spaghetti sauce EVER!”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Our group of 12 arrived at Monty's around 6:00 and were seated within 10 minutes. Drinks were ordered which took a few minutes as the bar was busy. Shortly thereafter we placed our orders with Crystal, a delightful young lady who was attentive and kept us apprised of the status of our drinks and meals. Although our orders varied considerably from seafood to chicken to pizza, everything arrived within a few minutes, piping hot and delicious! Our entrees came with a trip to the salad bar which was somewhat sparse, but very fresh. My mother and I shared Salmon Sophia - excellent! My husband ordered sausage, peppers & onions over linguini. He repeatedly told staff members how delicious the sauce tasted and continued raving about it on the ride home. The pizzas were excellent with not too much sauce (yeah!), but plenty of toppings. One of our friends is gluten intolerant so ordered the gluten-free 'Monty's Special'. She enjoyed it so much, she ordered an extra to take home and freeze. If we could offer one suggestion, it would be to serve a basket of bread or rolls, especially with the pasta dishes. The menu is extensive from appetizers to sandwiches, wraps, pastas, seafood, chicken, salads, pizza and more. Prices were VERY reasonable. Overall our experience at Monty's was exceptional and we will definitely be returning.

  • Visited January 2014
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Finally enjoyed a meal in punta gorda”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

I went to dinner with the kids and friends of the family last night and i must say all in all we had a great experience,.they were busy as normal but after a short wait we were seated and crystal was awesome , she made us laugh and played with the kids, although having a few larger groups to take care of, she took our minds off the time we had to wait to be seated, she got our drinks quickly kept them filled and also suggested great appetizers (artichoke brucetta and calamarie) that came in a timely manner since we were informed of a little wait for food due to being busy, I must say it was well worth the wait the kids ate all of their pizza and wanted another to take home for later, my friends loved their mussels royals, and i enjoyed my chicken francese and even with the salad bar the apps and our meals we were talked into a couple desserts we just couldnt resist and the only regret we have is that we couldnt fit more into our bellies ... The service was fantastic, the meal was just as great, the atmosphere was inviting.. I must say we will frequent montys as often as our schedules allow and suggest everyone give them a chance it was great cant wait till next week :)

  • Visited January 2014
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Quincy, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Major growing pains”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

A salad bar on wheels with a broken chair in the corner in a rear alcove .. All you can eat for $7.99. Good luck making a meal on the meager offerings. No antipasto items as we were told.
The pizza was the worst I have had in thirty years. There probably wasn't three oz. of sausage crumbled on top of a 16 in pizza. It tasted like cardboard with a little sauce.
Opened less than two months. But with years of experience at old location it seems impossible to be this bad

  • Visited January 2014
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3 Thank Donald D
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Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Super---Let Down”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

As a 18 year resident of Punta Gorda, we have often visited Monty's since it was only a 10 minute drive from home. Then Hurricane Charlie blew it away in Aug. 2004. They relocated to a place in a nearby shopping center until she (the owner) rebuilt on the old site. The person who designed the new building should be committed! It is a rabbit warren with 16 ft. ceilings, numerous dark cubby holes with under sized tables, and a kitchen obviously too small. The service was not good--even the owner was serving meals. My dinner was awful--the cook came and agreed with me, and apologized. Received 50% off my bill, went home, and was sick all night! 6 January 2014.

  • Visited January 2014
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“Great Italian food.”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Although we have lived in Punta Gorda for about a year, this was our first visit. We arrived shortly before five pm and are glad we did. The hostess showed us directly to our table and within five minutes the lobby was full of people waiting for a table.

The waitress was attentive and took our drink (two chiantis) order right away. Next she arrived with some bread and took our order.....two of the veal parmigiana.....although the wait for the main meal was a bit slow, it was worth it. Both of us are from Portland Maine and used to enjoy the local Italian restaurants there. Monty's did not disappoint us at all. The portions were generous and the soup was hot, well spiced and tasty (Italian wedding soup for me and pasta fazool for my wife).

No room for dessert, but the canoles we saw being delivered to the next table looked decadent!

Our first, but definitely not our last visit!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Kennebago
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