Mona Lisa is a gem on the north side of Little Italy. The manager of our boutique hotel recommended to my husband and me that we go for there for great sandwiches. He added to take them to his favorite beer shop that is across Hawthorn Street as they allow people to eat there. This establishment is divided in to two entities: the restaurant and the deli/grocery store. Finding a parking space may be difficult due to the limited spaces off of the street and on the nearby streets. This is a big reason why we just walked from our hotel to Mona Lisa.
Our visits to Mona Lisa were on the left side of the building – the deli/grocery store. This side is a small Italian grocery store that has many types of food that are synonymous with the country. There is a nice choice of Italian olive oils, but it pales in comparison to what one would find in a grocery store in Roma.
While in Mona Lisa, we did feel like we were in Roma. The only thing missing was Italian being spoken. There is a nice choice of sandwiches listed on the board above the deli refrigerator. The glass refrigerated counter holds a beautiful selection of tempting meats. Many of them cannot be found in a typical American grocery store. Mona Lisa uses Boars Head meats, which are probably the best deli meats in this country. The choice of cheeses will also please you.
Despite the place being busy, the four people behind the counter took everyone’s order in stride and had them ready in a short period of time. Our sandwiches were very fresh with excellent crunchy Italian sandwich bread. The condiments were crunchy and full of flavor, and the meat on our sandwiches was tender and tasty. Our Mona Lisa sandwiches were so good that we only went to one other restaurant in Little Italy.
Great Italian food at a reasonable price is hard to beat thus our multiple visits. It is also a reason that we ordered a couple of sandwiches the night before our morning flight back home. And, if you are wondering, the sandwiches were just as good 16 hours later – better than anything that can be offered by an American airline.
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