Local Eats: Moni’s Pasta & Pizza
What happens when a web developer at a non-profit robotics organization and a classically trained French chef decide to buy an Italian restaurant? Food magic, that’s what. In 2014, John Foster and wife/chef extraordinaire Rachel saw an opportunity they couldn’t resist when they took over Moni’s Pasta & Pizza in Edmond. True to form, this dynamic husband and wife duo, who met while volunteering on a hospital ship in Africa, embraced the chance to take their careers in a new direction, together.
Nestled in a residential hub on North May Ave., Moni’s is a cozy eatery that reminds you of that fantastic restaurant you discovered on your last vacation and haven’t stopped talking about since–that one where the food was amazing, the service was spot on and the mood just seemed to beg you to sit back and soak it all in a little longer. “We are passionate about handcrafted food and excellent service,” Rachel says. “Our motto is ‘better, every day.’ It’s our approach to business, people and food.”
The menu certainly reflects the Foster’s standard of excellence, with decadent pasta dishes, steak, seafood and gourmet pizza selections all showcasing chef Rachel’s elevated culinary touches. You can just tell this food is special, from the first bite. Forget what you know about Fettuccine Alfredo. Moni’s will forever spoil you with their rich, creamy sauce, generously clinging to each satisfying bite of pasta. “One thing we hear nearly every day from customers is that the Fettuccine Alfredo is the best they’ve ever had,” John comments. “Another item people come back for is the bread.” Once you taste the oversized, airy yeast rolls with a hint of garlic on the crusty top, you’ll see why. “They’re made fresh daily. It’s a labor of love but definitely worth it,” Rachel adds.
The zuppa di shrimp and sausage is another chef recommended item. “The soup with angel hair pasta features lots of big flavors in a light lemon seafood broth, and is a really pretty dish, too,” Rachel notes. Also a favorite is the gourmet, New Jersey-style pizza. The crust, the sauce, the cheese–once you try it, you can’t stop craving it.
Recently expanded, Moni’s now seats 180, has a full bar, spacious patio and a chef’s table featuring special tasting menus. Also a recent addition is a new menu highlight–the charcuterie boards and boxes. They feature an exquisitesampling of salami, prosciutto and deli pepperoni on skewers, along with Pecorino Romano cheese, gorgonzola, walnuts, dried cranberries, toast points, a tangy whole grain mustard and chocolate toffee pretzels. Beautiful on the table to enjoy over a glass of wine, the charcuterie is also the perfect to-go indulgence. Moni’s does a robust catering business, and corporations, event planners and everyday lunch and dinner guests are eating up the delicious convenience of these flavorful boxes.
If you don’t save room for dessert, do yourself a favor and get the Limoncello cake to-go. Its light texture and tangy zip, layered with billowy citrus mascarpone, is the ultimatefinish to a hearty Italian meal–even if you eat it in your comfy pants once you’re home.
Visit Moni’s at 17200 N. May Ave. or www.monisokc.com.