Just off the main drag of overpriced eateries at Faneuil Hall is the small and
homy Mona Lisa restaurant, a pizza, sub, and pasta joint with friendly service
and delicious, no-frills food. Numerous reproductions of da Vinci's enigmatic
lady aren't the only art you'll find here -- framed photographs of the world's
wonders, from the pyramids of Egypt to the Matterhorn, also adorn the walls.
The best food choices at the Mona Lisa are usually what's on the specials
menu. A recurring dish (and my personal favorite) is pasta with chicken and
broccoli in a creamy sauce with parmesan and white wine ($5.50), which comes
with garlic bread and is usually served over ziti or tortellini. The fresh
marinara sauce, with chunks of tomatoes and onions, is excellent; try it with
the cheese ravioli ($5.25). Subs ($4.25 to $5) come in 29 varieties. Among the
best are the prosciutto ($5) and the meatball ($4.25). Pizzas ($5 to $11), made
with thin and slightly crispy crusts, are available with a variety of standard
toppings, including onions, pepperoni, mushrooms, and salami.
Mona Lisa, located at 116 State Street, in Boston, is open Monday through
Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 227-2558.
-- Theresa Regli