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Monello Introducing Counter-Style Lunch

The Little Italy restaurant wants to highlight its Milanese roots


Beginning May 8, Little Italy Italian restaurant Monello will be introducing a compact menu and lunch service designed to showcase the restaurant’s Milanese roots.

Guests will now order lunch from a new walk-up window, where they will take a number, select a seat and wait for their food to be delivered. While counter service is popular in the United States, it is less so for an Italian restaurant and rarer still in Italy itself. At 3 p.m., service will return to table waiting.

On the menu are a variety of favorites that are particularly beloved in the owners’ home city of Milan. This includes crunchy street food items like panzerotti, fried seafood and arancini, as well as other items served in paper cones; stuffed roll bites like piadine; paninis; fried chicken or with french fries; hand-cut pizzas; fresh pastas; protein plates; salads and gelato. Also available will be a selection of cocktails, wine and beer.

“Guido and I strive to evolve and freshen our concept while staying true to ourselves and our Italian tradition “said Valentina Di Pietro, co-owner of Monello and Bencotto, another Italian restaurant next door, in a statement. “There are limited fast-casual options in Little Italy and we’ve heard from guests who’d love more fast and fine choices at lunchtime, especially Italian. At the same time, we were inspired by high-quality food served in a marketplace style on every corner during our walks down the streets of Milan on our recent visits. In Italy too, street food has become a culinary obsession.”

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