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Mondo Restaurant Review: Susan Spicer, proprietor of Bayona restaurant in the French Quarter, was the first female breakout chef in the city. Her venture Mondo is a casual family restaurant in the Lakeview area, a part of town that is increasingly a destination for eclectic dining. Spicer brings a cutting-edge mentality to her work, evident in such dishes as the fried eggplant with lemon aïoli appetizer, and the skewered Thai shrimp with pork meatballs. Pizza is baked in a state-of-the-art wood-burning oven and topped with items like bacon, egg and ricotta, or traditional pepperoni paired with onion, garlic and jalapeños. The wine list could use some expansion, but the inclusion of a full-bodied Argentinean Malbec and a hard-to-find South African Chenin Blanc is welcome. Cinnamon beignets for dessert are irresistible, especially since they are topped with yogurt sauce, nuts and honey. Another standout is the peanut butter pie with dark chocolate ganache. The place is generally packed, but the sometimes-long wait for tables is worth it, particularly with the comfortable cocktail lounge and talented bartenders.