Mona's Brings a New Style of Dining to the Hill

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Mona's is located on Shaw Avenue in the Hill. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Mona's is located on Shaw Avenue in the Hill.
A new Italian — or rather, American-Italian — joint opened Wednesday on the Hill, in the location that housed Modesto for fifteen years. Its replacement, Mona’s (5257 Shaw Avenue, 314-772-8272), serves up salads, pizzas and pastas, with a kids’ menu and gluten-free options for pizza and pasta.

The contrast between Modesto and Mona’s is marked — where you could previously sample tapas in a dark, romantic atmosphere, you can now enjoy a spin on Italian food in a bright, friendly space. The brick has been whitewashed, and blue-and-white checkered tablecloths adorn the tables, while yellow wooden chairs add some whimsy.



The contrast between Mona’s and many of the other Italian restaurants on the Hill is noticeable, too; the antipasto salad is made with kale instead of iceberg or romaine, and provel appears nowhere on the menu. They’re putting a fresh, modern spin on the classic Italian pizzas and pasta.

Pizzas range from $12-$14 per pie, and pastas are in the $14 range as well.



We had the honor of tasting the very first pizzas served here, and while they’re still working out some minor kinks (including figuring out where the to-go boxes are located), it looks like Mona’s is off to a promising start. More photos are below. 
The roasted broccoli and potato pizza. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The roasted broccoli and potato pizza.
Kids' cheese pizza. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Kids' cheese pizza.
Mona's interior is bright and cheery. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Mona's interior is bright and cheery.
The menu includes appetizers, salads, pizzas, pastas and desserts. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The menu includes appetizers, salads, pizzas, pastas and desserts.

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