We are Monzu Fresh Pasta, serving Italian and contemporary flavors made from scratch in the heart of San Diego’s East Village. In drawing upon our European heritage and passion for hand-crafted meals, we take pride in transporting you to Italy via our home country’s most beloved staple: fresh pasta.
Monzu is a Neapolitan corruption of the French term “monsieur.” Neapolitan and Sicilian Monzu were renowned professional French-trained chefs who would work for aristocracy and members of the Bourbon court in 18th and 19th century Southern Italy. They became especially popular for their ability to mix French cuisine and Southern Italian ingredients. Their secret recipes, among them many different pasta specialties, are today part of the Italian food tradition. At Monzu Fresh Pasta we are committed to preparing the best Italian recipes using local, California and organic ingredients.
Monzu Fresh Pasta is the family-owned creation of Neapolitan Aldo de Dominicis Rotondi and Serena Romano, who share a strong belief in the slow food movement. Having trained with master pasta makers in Italy, together they lead the kitchen with centuries-old pasta making techniques and recipes hailing from distinct Italian regions including Sicily, Campania, Puglia and more.
Here you’ll discover authentic fresh pastas and sauces crafted in-house using local, organic and seasonal ingredients as well as pasture-raised eggs. From ravioli and tonnarelli to tagliatelle and lasagna, every pasta is personalized with your choice of sauce, like savory Bolognese or basil and pine nut pesto. Visit often to enjoy daily specials, and savor the fact that several of our dishes cater to dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan diets.
In addition to our menu, visitors can peruse Monzu Fresh Pasta’s retail area featuring packaged pastas and Italian delicatessen products. Explore “cotto” (cooked) and “crudo” (raw) pastas to prepare at home, plus flavorful imported foods like extra virgin olive oil, gnocchi, organic sauces, panettone and taralli – an Italian feast at your fingertips!
Located steps from Petco Park, the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego Public Library, Monzu Fresh Pasta welcomes you with a Mediterranean-inspired dining room and sidewalk seating along Tenth Avenue. Order your pasta as a grab-and-go meal, or dine in while sipping Italian wines and local craft beers.