Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking (for all but Rosedale Mall location)
Location: Burnsville, Edina, Minnetonka, and Roseville, MN
Addresses & Maps:
Burnsville- 1025 Country Road 42 Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 898-4366
Edina- 7651 France Ave S Edina, MN 55435 (952) 844-0084
Minnetonka- 11390 Wayzata Blvd Minnetonka, MN 55305 (952) 417-9880
Atmosphere: Dimly lit and somewhat romantic, you might not even realize that you are situated within the Rosedale Mall. There is a mix of tables and booths underneath a wooden faux-gazebo structure.
Menu: Appetizers include bruschetta, fried mozzarella, shrimp & artichoke dip, calamari, crab-stuffed mushrooms and parmesan crusted artichokes.
Pasta dishes include the Pasta Romano, penne rustica, shrimp portofino, vodka rustica, seafood linguine or create-your-own pasta from a choice of pastas and sauces. Stuffed pastas include lobster ravioli, chicken cannelloni, and chicken marsala ravioli.
Classic dishes include chicken or veal marsala, chicken, eggplant or veal Parmesan, fettuccine Alfredo, spaghetti with meatballs, chicken and shrimp scaloppine and twice baked lasagna.
Meat entrees include chicken portabello, steak, grilled halibut or salmon, grilled porkchops, and honey balsalmic chicken There are also a selection of brick-oven pizzas, salads and soups.
Price guide: Appetizers- $5-10 Pastas- %9-16 Meat Entrees- $12-21
What we ordered: Macaroni Grill always provides free loaves of their fresh, hot bread. Break off a piece and dip it in the olive oil provided. Delish! The texture is light, similar to ciabatta.
For my entree I ordered the Mama’s Trio, a sampler of the chicken parmesan, chicken canneloni, and twice baked lasagna. The chicken parmesan was very good, as was the lasagna (however the lasagna was warm at best, not hot). The cannelloni had nice flavor, but the outer shell was pretty dry and crunchy.
My companion ordered the chicken parmesan entree, served on a bed of angel hair pasta. The size of this chicken was magnificent! The combination of textures with the chicken and angel hair pasta was a big hit.
Service: The hosts and serving staff were very friendly and pleasant. Drinks and food served in a timely fashion.
Overall Impression: Decent Italian food if you like chain-style restaurants. Prices are comparable to other Italian restaurants of the same caliber, good service.