A little history on how Mona Lisa began
Capone’s Pasta and Pizza opened in Westminster in 1997. It was at this location that Dino expanded his repertoire and added specials to the standard menu. Customers were hooked on Dino’s ability to transform everyday ingredients to culinary works of art and they couldn’t help but come back again and again. He sold Capone’s Pasta and Pizza in 2000 and moved to Huntington Beach where he opened Capone's Cucina with a goal of creating a more gourmet dining experience. In 2002, Dino hired friend and fellow chef, Francois Lieutaud to create a unique paring of French and Italian cuisine. The combination made for an old world European feel and customers loved the larger selection of dishes.
Dino and Francois have since rejoined again and have now started Mona Lisa Cucina with a large variety of gourmet pasta's and pizza's to serve this community. From their early experiments with simple, basic foods grew an appreciation for the sensuality of texture, presentation and fragrance. Dino and Francois’ extensive travels around the world expanded their repertoire over the years to include a wide range of flavors and presentations, which they have used with great success in the Orange County restaurant business. Our goal at Mona Lisa Cucina is to serve customers traditional high quality food that is consistent and great tasting. Our desire is to bring foods, family and tradition together.
~Dino lives in Huntington Beach with his wife Lisa and their 2 sons, Caleb and Joshua. Francois and his wife Griscelda live in City of Orange.~