March 09, 2011
915 Folly Road (James Island)
Lunch & Dinner (Mon.-Sat.). Closed Sun.
Heaping bowls of delicious pasta combinations, fresh salads, and creative daily specials.
Mondo’s has spent more than a decade proving to James Islanders that good food doesn’t have to come with a big price tag. Back in the early days, they were an outpost in a barren land, serving crusty panini, tasty salads, and incredibly affordable bowls of pasta in a stark strip mall setting to a growing crowd of locals. Today, they’ve got more company and they’ve grown up a bit, expanding and improving their dining room, but they have remained a reliable source for reasonably priced Italian fare. The specials board is always full of creative dishes, but we have a hard time not ordering the eggplant parmigiana every time we go. It’s so very delicious. —Stephanie Barna DISH (Summer 2013)
Casey508 says... I had the eggplant parm for lunch, and it was absolutely delicious! Came with a very nice salad with the house vinegarette. I was stuffed, and the price was a mere $9.00. Mondo's is a hidden gem on James Island on the corner of Folly and Camp Roads. ★★★★★
Muskie says... Solid, but unspectacular. Maybe I'm spoiled. Growing up in the Boston area, I was always spoiled by the North End and the Italian eateries in that area. When I lived in the area, I would look for the place that looked like the biggest dive and go in. The best place I have ever eaten Italian in was a little sea foam green two story house, total mom & pop outfit with plastic table cloths and Sinatra posters on the wall. I was hoping Mondo's being tucked in that shopping center would live up to that standard. It was good, but I've definitely had better. The bread is good, but I'd rather have the bread at EVO or Amalfi's. I usually test an Italian place by their spaghetti and meatballs. It's a bread and butter dish, you either do it well or you don't. Mondo's was "meh". The meat mixture is fine. The beef, veal and pork combo is pretty standard. It was the texture that killed me. It was all so fine that all I could think of was that they put the meat in the food processor and then formed it. Pasta was cooked just fine, but that is cardinal sin to screw up. The problem was that there was so damn much of it. Just complete carb overkill. The red sauce is good. A good sauce can make up for a league average meatball, and frankly this sauce just didn't do that. Not to mention that the place is a cavern. It is tremendously loud in there, which wasn't necessarily bad considering there were 8 in my party (with two kids under 5). But I couldn't imagine going there on date night without a megaphone. I would go back to give it another shot (it wasn't so bad that it doesn't warrant another chance), but I would prefer someone else pay this time. ★★★★★
Food connoisseur says... I give 2 stars for the food which was delicious. Sad to say though that service goes a long way and theirs was not impressive. This place has awful management. I have never dealt with such unprofessional people. ★★★★★
Mondo's has been pleasing James Islanders for more than a decade with big bowls of fresh pasta and that wonderful focaccia bread, which inevitably fills you up before dinner even hits the table. It's the perfect neighborhood restaurant. You don't feel the need to dress up, the kids can come with you, and you're bound to see neighbors and friends. And, most importantly, the food is delicious.