MonAlyssa

4.5
344 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Mon Alyssa Restaurant and Pizzeria has been owned and operated by the Alvarez family for four years. Chef/Owner Santos Alvarez, the patriarch of the Alvarez family, has been cooking professionally for more than thirty years. Born and raised in Los Reyes, Michoacán, Mexico, Santos’ first instructor in the culinary arts was his father who at one time was a sous chef in Chicago. The restaurant, which offers nightly dinner specials that are served in a casual atmosphere, is known for Chef Santos’ white Pasta E Faggioli. Pizzas, subs, and wraps are available as well as pasta, chicken, veal, seafood, steak, and lamb. Every entrée is cooked to order and dietary restrictions are catered to. On and off premises catering is also available as well as take out and free local delivery. Patrons enjoy the live music offered on the weekends. We pride ourselves on using only the freshest ingredients, offering exceptional food at moderate prices and giving impeccable service.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 344 People Are Saying
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TheresaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always good and the prices are fair, even with the recent price increases. +

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Emilio
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VERY PLEASANT EXPERIENCE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AS USUAL, SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT AS USUAL

GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL

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Karen
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love MonAlyssa! Food is delicious and service is always attentive. It’s one of favorites. It’s bring your own. Highly recommend. Great friendly staff.

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RicheyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food, great value and great service

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vipPaulC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was out of this world!!! Fantastic!! Tyler our waiter is the best!!!!

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vipdanutaB
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE WERE BACK YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) WITH SAM (FEMALE ) AS OUR SERVER . WE HAD THE ARTICHOKE APP /ALONE WITH A NICE SALAD -I HAD THE SHRIMP ENTREE WITH A PASTA SIDE -MY HUSBAND HAD THE SHRIMP/SCALLOP/GARLIC SAUSAGE COMBO WITH PENNE -BOTH WERE EXCELLENT - SAM WAS WONDERFUL IN SPACING THE COURSES AS USUAL - WE HAVE BEEN GOING THERE FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS -BYOB A PLUS - GOING BACK THIS SATURDAY AGAIN - SO GET THIS RESTAURANT A TRY - STAFF IS WONDERFUL !!

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vipJimS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All the food was excellent, from artichoke appetizer, to shrimp & steak dinners to the peanut butter & pumpkin cheesecake desserts. We ate outside with a guitar singer playing classic rock tunes. Had a great evening!

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vipdiana
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough about how good the food is ..also nothing that you want to change with your food is a problem...we have been eating here for a very long time and it feels like family !!!

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SusanC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the food was delicious as always. Their new vegan options is a great added feature to an already excellent menu. The service is always fantastic as well

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vipGmanandfriendsfromtexas
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

It was just ok. We have had much better chicken Parm at other places. The waitress was very nice but service was a little slow for a night when it was not that busy. We sat outside and it was pretty loud out there. Beat part was the pumpkin tartufo dessert. Would maybe go back to try a seafood dish

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vipjoelk
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam was great as her excellent service (as always) was matched by exceptionally prepared dinners.

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Karen
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love Monalyssa. The food and service and always great. Delicious hot food and attentive service. One of our favorites! Highly recommend!

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Maria
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were looking for a new place to try for great food and we definitely found it. The quantity and quality of food was wonderful. We will be going back again a lot of choices on the menu.
For a Tuesday night the place was crowded that says a lot about the food.

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Emilio
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the scallops mediterranean were delicious as was the shrimp scampi

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GEORGES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We arrived early for 4 pm seating and waited while they set up. We were told they weren't seating in back patio area only in front under tent so it was noisy with street noise. Food was good. Has fried calamari, cold antipasto for apps. Chicken francaise a little bland but other dishes really nice veal parm, chicken Murphy and another veal dish which name escapes were good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable atmosphere and good food

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609thare
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite Italian restaurants. Expansive food offerings, great service, with a beautiful new decor. Excellent food and very well priced. We strongly recommend.

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vipKirkT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We have been going to MonAlyssa for many years and have always had an enjoyable, pleasant time, until now. Since reopening after the 2020 pandemic surge the atmosphere has changed for the worse. The table that they use for parties of 2 are so small you need to place any wine bottles brought to this BYOB must be kept on the floor. The table they attempted to seat us at was too small and in the doorway. If you have a party of 3 or more I would recommend this restaurant but if you have a party of 2, Be prepared to be uncomfortable.

MonAlyssa
Responded on 3 October 2021

Hi Kirk, Were were sorry that you think that our atmosphere has changed since the pandemic Especially since our state had Restaurants Limited to seating capacity and as well as 6FT apart so our tables in the middle of our restaurant did go from 4 tops to Restaurant Standard 2 tops so that we could keep in line with Stated mandated Rules. This Summer we did keep the same seating and our restaurant is still currently at 60% as we have many customers that still feel uncomfortable. All The Best

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vipPaulC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always just fantastic!! One of the best restaurants around! Tyler our waiter is always so amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam was excellent, as was the food. We overheard People complain that the red sauce is not good, so we stayed with brown. We love Mona Alyssa!

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nikl
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the salmon special - excellent and the other diner had an all time favorite Veal Parmesan- salads very good too

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DonH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. All four of us enjoyed our meal.

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conwje01
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

MonAlyssa was a nice casual spot to bring family and friends. Portion sizes are large, the garlic bursetta bread was delicious! Great spot for a dinner Friday night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. We all loved the food!

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vipGinny
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Was happy to be out fir dinner with some very special friends. The service was great and the dinner wonderful

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vipdanutaB
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE ARE BACK AGAIN FOR A YUMMY DINNER SERVED BY "TERRIFIC " TYLER
MANAGER AND ALSO SERVER -WE STARTED WITH THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS WHICH IS KINDA NEW FOR APP - SALAD NEXT - MY DISH WAS A PORK CH0P WITH MOZZARELL A AND HAM - SURROUNDED BY TORTELLINI -MY HUSBAND HAD A CHICKEN SPECIAL - BIG PORTIONS - BYOB -WE USUALLY COME AT LEAST TWICE A MONTH - GREAT STAFF !! I WOULD SAY TRY IT SOMETIME !!

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vipMargeK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great. Outside seating was good. A little road noise. They need to put a fan under the tent. We were so hot and the bugs were annoying. A single fan in the center of the tent would resolve both problems. The live music was a nice addition to the evening.

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CarrieB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is a tradition for our family of 8 and we are never disappointed.
this was our best time, food and service EVER!

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vipFlash
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Just ok. In a idle
Of the road. Food is hot or miss

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Emilio
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent menu very wide variety of foods to choose from
service was very good and accommodating to your needs or special requests
overall a very enjoyable dinner

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vipPaulC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic!!! AAA+++. Great service

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DarleneT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place , ALWAYS A DELICIOUS MEAL , we also love the friendly waiter Tyler ,
I love how they never crowd you in , never rush you , always a pleasant time
Never a bad meal

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Callieb
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was unbelievably delicious!!! We went again before we left town. We will be back soon. Get the chicken franchise, lasagne, pizza, mozzarella sticks, bolognese. We never made it to dessert. Something to look forward to.

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vipandoc
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great . Hard to rate the noise as we were outside on the street . Food was good and presented well

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EllenV
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing here. We went this night in particular to eat and hear Jim Mill play acoustic in the tented outdoor dining area. We always have a good experience here. Service is always good, staff is friendly and accommodating, and the food is always excellent.

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RobertP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Very good food. Nice size portions, good variety. There were 4 of us, we each order a different dish and we all raved about our food.
Service was very attentive and friendly.

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LauriM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MonAlyssa never disappoints! The food is always fresh and delicious! And the portions are always enough to share! Love this place!

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vipdiana
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food is great so is the price everything is made fresh and if you want to change something in your dish it is never a problem we have been going here for such a ling time and we just love it especially since they redid the dining room

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from MonAlyssa using the Order Online button. MonAlyssa also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 899-1999 ext. 2.

MonAlyssa is rated 4.5 stars by 344 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.