Monzu—A New Pasta Restaurant and Retail Concept—Opens in East Village

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Brasato Ravioli with ragout dipping sauce. Courtesy Monzu Fresh Pasta

Monzu Fresh Pasta, a new restaurant and retail concept, opened in the East Village last week and will hold a grand opening event on Saturday.

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The eatery at 455 10th Avenue will serve a variety of pasta dishes and offer a retail section featuring an assortment of fresh pastas to cook at home, imported Italian delicatessen products and locally made foods.

Monzu is the family-owned creation of European husband-and-wife team Aldo de Dominicis Rotondi and Serena Romano. The couple trained with some of Italy’s master pasta makers and share a strong belief in the “slow food” movement.

“We are so excited to bring the flavors of Italy to San Diego. We fell in love with this city when we visited years ago and we knew it would be the perfect place for our new adventure. San Diegans are conscious of their food choices and always willing to explore new flavors, which Monzu will serve plenty of,” said Romano.

The restaurant will offer daily specials and weekly-changing regional recipes, and several dishes will cater to dairy-free, low-gluten and vegan diets. For diners who cannot decide, Monzu will serve pasta flights comprised of a guest’s choice of three items from the day’s menu.

For shoppers, Monzu will offer both cooked and raw fresh pastas for home preparation and a section of imported delicatessen items alongside San Diego products such as Farv’s Pickles. Monzu will also offer wholesale pasta to local restaurants and food service businesses.

The store and restaurant are open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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