Italian restaurants in San Diego have tended to fall into one of three categories: 1.) American-Italian joints with cheap red sauce and bad pizza; 2.) middle-of-the-road copycat spots (think early ’90s Gaslamp or Little Italy a decade later), or; 3.) stuffy, pretentious and often expensive places.
Monzù Fresh Pasta (455 10th Ave.) in the East Village is, gloriously, none of those. It is a simple, unassuming and down-to-earth hole-in-the-wall with really good pasta.