Since 1979, Mona Lisa has been a cherished culinary haven, weaving together generations of passion for Italian cuisine. What began as a dream shared by a family friend bloomed into a vibrant culinary legacy that continues to flourish today.
In January of 1997, a new chapter unfolded as Filomena and Maurizio stepped into the heart of Mona Lisa, nurturing its legacy with a fresh vision and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Their journey was inspired by the dream of their uncle Tony Azzolino, whose support ignited the flames of possibility.
Nestled in the heart of San Francisco, Mona Lisa isn't just a restaurant; it's a warm embrace of Calabrese family heritage, where every dish carries the flavors of tradition and the love that runs deep in our roots. From our cozy dining rooms to the exquisite aromas that waft from our kitchen, every corner of Mona Lisa reflects the genuine warmth of our Italian family.
Our culinary artistry is a tribute to the time-honored recipes that have been passed down through generations. Each plate is a canvas where creativity meets authenticity, capturing the essence of our heritage and the vibrancy of our local ingredients. We invite you to experience the symphony of flavors and the joy of sharing a meal that embodies the spirit of togetherness.
At Mona Lisa, we're not just serving food; we're inviting you into our family, where every moment is a celebration of life's simplest and most profound pleasures. Join us in savoring the past, savoring the present, and creating memories that will linger on the palate and in the heart.
From our family to yours, Filomena and Maurizio
Mona Lisa has been in business since 1979, family owned. Embark on a journey through time and taste at Mona Lisa, where every dish carries the whispers of generations past and the excitement of culinary innovation. Established in 1979, Mona Lisa isn't just a restaurant – it's a living masterpiece, a symphony of flavors that invites you to step into a world where tradition dances with artistry.
When Filomena and Maurizio took the reins in 1997, they ignited a passion that was passed down from a family friend and fueled by the unwavering support of their uncle Tony Azzolino. Their vision breathed new life into the age-old recipes that have been cherished for decades, infusing them with a modern twist that pays homage to our roots while embracing the excitement of today.
Nestled in the heart of San Francisco, Mona Lisa is a haven where authenticity thrives. Our dishes are crafted with care, each ingredient telling a story that spans continents and generations. From the first bite to the last, you'll experience the magic of Italy's diverse regions, expertly woven into a tapestry of taste that's as unique as it is unforgettable.
At Mona Lisa, we don't just serve food – we create experiences that linger in your memory long after the meal is over. Our ambiance is a blend of Calabrese warmth and contemporary flair, offering a setting where families and friends come together to celebrate life's moments, big and small.
Join us in savoring the legacy, the art, and the flavor that make Mona Lisa a treasure trove for both the palate and the soul. Whether you're seeking a taste of nostalgia or a culinary adventure like no other, you're invited to unlock the doors to our culinary wonderland.
From the heart of our kitchen to the heart of your table, Filomena and Maurizio friend- when he retired in January of 1997, my wife Filomena and I purchased the restaurant, a special thanks to our uncle Tony Azzolino for making our dreams possible. We would like you to experience the warmth of our Calabrese family and traditions.
With the taste of authentic Italian food, a long legacy of Italian cuisine passed on from generations, my grandmother Rosina Borrelli, my mother Matilde Luberto, and the collaboration of my mother-in-law, Maria A Nevigato whose skill with making ravioli, pasta, sausage, salamis, and homemade sauces from scratch is unmatched.
Welcome to a culinary haven that transports you to the heart of Italy right in the vibrant streets of San Francisco. Nestled on the iconic 353 Columbus Avenue, Mona Lisa is a beacon of authenticity, where the traditions of Little Italy come to life through every dish.
Immerse yourself in the warm embrace of our charming eatery, perfectly situated in the heart of Little Italy. With each step, you'll be enchanted by the rich aromas that fill the air, drawing you closer to a dining experience that transcends the ordinary.
Our commitment to authenticity is unwavering. At Mona Lisa, every dish is a journey through time, a tribute to the cherished recipes that have been passed down through generations. Our culinary canvas is painted with the flavors of our grandmothers' recipe books, where love and tradition fuse to create exquisite dishes that tell stories of Italy's diverse regions.
As you indulge in our offerings, you'll savor the unmistakable taste of authenticity, each bite a reflection of the culinary heritage that thrives within our walls. From the heartwarming simplicity of classic pasta dishes to the artistry of our handcrafted desserts, every element speaks to the heart of Italian culture.
Mona Lisa isn't just a restaurant; it's an immersion into the soul of Italy. Join us on Columbus Avenue, and experience the flavors, the memories, and the enchantment that make every visit a journey worth savoring.