Mona Lisa Ristorante

2/F Commercenter Alabang, Commerce Ave. cor. Filinvest Ave., Filinvest City, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila

Mona Lisa Ristorante
3.6
3.5 Stars

20 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 4
  • 4 stars 7
  • 3 stars 6
  • 2 stars 3
  • 1 star 0
  • 22 Reviews
  • 30 Recommend
  • 20 Reviewers
Category:
Italian
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 2:30p
Phone
+6325560708

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 2:30p
    • 5:30p - 11:30p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 2:30p
    • 5:30p - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 2:30p
    • 5:30p - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 2:30p
    • 5:30p - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 2:30p
    • 5:30p - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 2:30p
    • 5:30p - 11:30p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 2:30p
    • 5:30p - 11:30p

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Street, Reserved
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
No
Delivery:
No
Take Out:
Yes
Ambience:
Casual
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Marco P.
3.0 Stars

Good food ... Little over priced .. Very testy fresh pasta ... When we where there the places was pack 128517128517128517128517 make reservation !!!!

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Aimee A.
5.0 Stars

Disclaimer: we used Deal Grocer vouchers for this meal, so it's possible we feel it's really sulit for the price we paid for.

It was my mom's birthday yesterday, and while I was seriously considering taking the family to Bamba Bistro, my hankering to try a new place took over. I called up the Mona Lisa in Alabang to ask details about their Deal Grocer promo. Apparently, they only take 8 vouchers per day. Since the price range was on the heftier side, I told them we will use 4 vouchers. Luckily, they agreed.

Our rezzy was for 7 people, 830 pm. The place was comfortably crowded, the mood was happy. I was excited even though most reviews seemed to describe it as mediocre. We were greeted cheerfully by our waitress wearing a Mona Lisa necktie. Our request to be transferred to another table was promptly attended to. We were off to a good start.

Since we were using vouchers, I did my research on which dishes to order so that my big family of 7 would not be disappointed. After ordering, our waitress gave us a complimentary basket of bread with accompanying pesto/butter/tomato sauce spreads. Since we were so hungry, we gobbled these up in no time. We enjoyed the super soft dinner rolls that we asked them for a second round (haha).

Our appetizers were served not long after. We chose Calamari Fritti (Php 285.00) and Italian platter (Php 400.00) because we all love calamares and ham. The calamari was beautifully breaded, lightly salted and was actually very good. It was served with a tomato puree which I didn't even bother to try because the calamari was good as it is. The Italian platter showcased different cold cuts and cheeses atop a bed of lettuce. A single tomato slice in the middle drizzled with balsamic vinegar plus two bruschetta slices completed the set. Loved the hams.. the cheeses, not so much.

Next served were our panizzas. Our family is a big fan of My Kitchen by Chef Chris, so we just had to try Mona Lisa's version to compare. We chose half-half orders of Mona Lisa Speciale (Php 360, half) and Miguelli Calabrese (Php 415, half). The good thing about this is that they didn't skimp on the arugula and alfalfa sprouts. The Mona Lisa Speciale featured tomato-based sauce with mozzarella and provolone cheeses, and garlic buttered shrimps with herbs. This was a big hit because we all love garlic buttered shrimps on pizza. The Miguelli Calabrese held its own, with its cream-based sauce with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and italian sausage sauteed with porcini mushrooms. Yum! We all voted Chef Chris's version as better, but by a very slim margin (the crust of Chef Chris's panizza didn't break when rolled). We were happy campers. :)

Next up, we tried their pasta. To satisfy my dad, I ordered the "healthy" Fettucine Gamberi (Php 535.00). I also ordered Deal Grocer's suggestion, Rigatoni Funghi al Salsicia (Php 550.00). As expected, the oldies loved the fettucine while we, the young 'uns, loved the rigatoni. Fettucine Gamberi had sauteed prawns and Asparagus in a white wine-creamy tomato base. I didn't get to sample much of it because the 'rents enjoyed themselves with it. The rigatoni... that's a different story. It was soooooooo good! We all agreed it was the best part of the meal. It had italian sausage sauteed with porcini and button mushrooms in a parmesan sauce base, drizzled with truffle oil. Super yummy!!!

While enjoying our pasta dishes, the Crusted Salmon (Php 1135.00) arrived. While it was also good, I half-expected it to be at least as big as Conti's baked salmon, given its price tag. It was crusted with tarragon and parsley pesto, served with asparagus and potatoes. Needless to say, I was underwhelmed.

We were all satisfied with our meal. Our waitress was very attentive, answering questions about our meal. Towards the end I jokingly asked her, "Wala bang birthday treat dito?" To which she answered that they give Italian cheesecake (Php 310.00) for free! Free dessert is always good!

Our bill came up to Php 4008.57, but with the vouchers, we only shelled out an additional Php 8.50.

VERDICT:
Food- 4.5/5
Ambiance- 4.5/5
Service- 5/5
Price (with the vouchers)- 4.5/5

Would highly recommend for families with grown-up kids like ours. Better to avail of the Deal Grocer promo; otherwise, it is too expensive.

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Paolo S.
3.0 Stars

All i really remember was the menu was on the pricey side and the taste was, though not necessarily rave worthy, was not bad either. Perhaps its because we stayed safe with our orders (the usual pizza, pasta, cold cuts, tiramisu)... but still, that price range should translate to something amazing.

Thumbs up to their risotto. I love risotto... and their mushroom risotto is something i'd order if i do come here again, which may be unlikely unless i really have to. 9996

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Lorisse R.
3.0 Stars

Forgive me if I cannot remember the names of what we ordered! But I can tell you it's quite pricey since, it's legit Italian food. I didn't feel that the food was amazing but it wasn't bad as well. The broccoli pasta had some uncooked parts, while the risotto was too oily for my liking.

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Bel S.
3.0 Stars

The Tuscan chicken panini was a good order and came with a decent sized Caesar salad (or soup). The Sicilian Caesar salad was not as good, if you compare it to the similarly named salad at Italianni's. Crema di spinaci was also, not remarkable but hot soup always feels good. The ambience was very nice, lighting, tablecloth and all, and great service from our waiter too. A nice date place if you're looking for one.

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Pachie S.
4.0 Stars

Really good Italian food but pricey. I specially liked the mushroom risotto that came with the steak, it was creamy and al dente. The servings were big too.

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Annix B.
4.0 Stars

Al dente!128076128076128076

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Julie J.
4.0 Stars

Good Italian food but too pricey IMO ... 128184

* Traditional Caesar Salad @385 -- Romaine Lettuce, sliced grapes, ripe mango, pine nuts and shaved parmigiana tossed in home made dressing 128077

* Miguelli Calabrese Panizze @825 -- Cream sauce, Mozarella cheese, Italian sausage with porcini mushroom and herbs served with alfalfa and arugula 128077128156 Really good Panizze 128076

* Brigante Pizza 127829 @470 -- Mozarella, ham, salami, pepperoni and tomato sauce -- This one I didn't like too much 128528

* Gnocchi al Funghi Porcini @475 -- 128528 -- too doughy IMO

* Aragosta Fra Diavolo 127837 @530 -- Pasta with lobster and shrimp in tomato sauce 128077128156

Thanks for lunch Steph S... It was delizioso 128076

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Joseph C.
5.0 Stars

part 2: pasta, chicken rissoto. seafood pasta. all excellent.

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Joseph C.
5.0 Stars

best panizze ever! al tonno,miguelli calabrese. caesar salad. good appetizer. ossobocco gramalata. pleasant suprise in the south.

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Bee F.
2.0 Stars

I disliked it.

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Firstie T.
2.0 Stars

I have this habit of looking up places before going there to eat. Perhaps so I'd know what to order (their must-try dishes) and what to expect. I did the same before going to Mona Lisa Ristorante, which I've read serves authentic Italian cuisine, thereby meriting their hefty price range.
Although not their best-seller, I ordered the Salmone ai Gnocchi out of curiosity. The gnocchi was doughy and chewy, not at all pleasant. I dismissed the odd texture and taste the first three bites. On the fourth, I admitted defeat. It was not good. It didn't help that the sauce was too salty, you can barely taste the tomato nor the salmon, which they decided to shred into indistinguishable bits. Poor use of a lovely fish, I must say.
I honestly hoped the cannoli would redeem the gnocchi dish. Nope. The fried pastry dough was tough, both my knife and fork could not cut through it. I had to request for a takeout box (my lunch time was up) and wait for it to get soggy from the ricotta filling inside. When it did, it was chewy but in a i-need-to-see-a-dentist way. The ricotta filling was neither sweet nor creamy (as desserts ought to be) but sour, which had me thinking it must have gone bad as ricotta is towards the bland side and is usually sweetened before piping into cannoli.
My meal was a disaster, not at all worth the price. I could have eaten at Friuli Trattoria at Maginhawa for a very small fraction of what I paid here and left a happy camper.
Sidebar. I saw boxed pasta in their kitchen. If authentic means using Barilla, then yeah, this place is authentic.

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Sergio A.
4.0 Stars

Still very good but on the pricey side

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Sergio A.
4.0 Stars

Lamb stew with pasta is so good. Truffle oil pasta excellent, heck almost everything here is excellent !

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Francis M.
2.0 Stars

It was my 13 year old niece's birthday and she specifically requested for us to have dinner in Mona Lisa. Yup the food's good, ambiance is great, but this visit turned me off a bit.

I wanted to surprise her with her favorite cake so I secretly sneaked it in and asked the waitress if I could have it sent to our table at the end of the meal. They agreed, but after a few minutes, she came to our table and announced to EVERYONE that they would have to charge for corkage if we decide to consume the cake inside the restaurant (so much for the surprise!!). I said no, I just wanted my niece to blow the candles on the cake.

So they did serve the cake after our meal, but right after blowing the candles, the same waitress came to our table asking if she can take the cake out already!! What a party pooper. So I just looked at her with my diplomatically poker face and she finally left us in peace.

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Tibor N.
4.0 Stars

Good pizza, lasagna, spaghetti in tomato sauce with meatballs, service was average due to waitress not smiling. That would have made the difference.

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Sab M.
4.0 Stars

Food is amazing, but service can sometimes be slow. Recommended for dates or for people with huge appetites!

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Vincent Y.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Lauren L.
5.0 Stars

Panizze to die for!

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Ginny B.
3.0 Stars

Ate here with my family and thought it wasn't worth it. i ordered risotto and other items that i don't even remember. I only went back for a baptism reception. Food (salad, pasta, pizza) was okay the second time around. i'd probably go back only if they have a buffet that's reasonably priced. their a la carte menu doesn't seem to measure up to my expectations in terms of taste considering its price.

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