Cuisine: Delicatessan, Ice Cream, Italian
Restaurant Features: Counter-Service, On-Site Parking
Location: Vadnais Heights, MN
Address: 3435 Centerville Rd. Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-6pm Sat 11am-5pm Sun & Mon Closed
Links: Google Map
Atmosphere: Located near the intersection of Centerville Rd. & Edgerton, That’s Amore is snuggled into an antique strip mall that also holds a hardware store and possibly a service station. It is a very small restaurant but they make you feel right at home. The kitchen area and ice cream counter take up a good portion of the space, but there are three portable tables set up in little private nooks for customers to sit at. Two of those nooks are located in the front window areas, each of which have cute little curtains hung over the windows.
Salads offered at That’s Amore’ are the Caesar, Garden, House, Italian, and Spinach Italiano.
The sandwiches include Hot Dago, Meatball, Chicken Italiano, Hot Italian Beef, Hot or Cold Subs (choice of ham, turkey, salami, and roast beef), Turkey Sandwich, Luigi’s Favorite (ham & turkey with pepperjack grilled), Grilled Ham & Cheese, Tuna Melt, Grilled Cheese, Spiedini (Italian Sausage), and Coney Island or Chicago-Dtyle Hot Dogs. Wraps include Chicken Caesar, Chicken Ranch, and Club. Broiled Cod Sandwich is offered on Fridays only. Hamburger or Italian Burger also available. All Sandwiches and Wraps are served with potato chips or substitute potato salad for $.50 extra.
The two pastas offered at That’s Amore’ are Baked Mostaccioli and Fettuccine Alfredo.
Sixteen Flavors of Old-Fashioned Ice Cream for dessert!
Price guide: Appetizers $4-6 Salad $5-8 Sandwiches $6-7 Pasta $7-8
What I ordered: I tried the meatball sub, which came with a small bag of Lays potato chips, pepperoncini peppers and cherry tomatoes. I thought the sandwich was pretty good. The meatballs were cut in half to make it a little easier to eat, as this was a good sized sandwich! The very fresh bread (baked that same day at a local bakery) was thick and soft on the inside, toasted just slightly on the outside. Snuggled between the meatballs and the bread were thick slices of cold pepperjack cheese, which I would have preferred melted. It was good nonetheless and I really liked that it came with a side of sauce for dipping, etc.
My companion ordered the Italian Beef Sandwich, which had tender, juicy and flavorful spiced roast beef piled onto thick, fresh bread that had been toasted just enough to make it golden brown. This sandwich also came with cold pepperjack and a side of warm au jus. Also served were potato chips, pickle spear and veggies.
I was also given this complimentary donut which I assume to have been baked at the same bakery where they get their fresh bread every day. The cake donut was airy and fluffy, very moist inside with just the right amount of sugar coating it on the outside. A sweet little extra after eating the meatball sub :)
Service: The people who run That’s Amore’ are very courteous, friendly and seemed appreciative of our business. We ordered our food at a counter, but they brought it out to us and seemed to go out of their way to make sure we were taken care of. I loved the gesture of offering my companion and I free fresh donuts for dessert. Stopping at That’s Amore’ can also be quite convenient if you need to buy lottery tickets, milk, eggs or fresh bread, as these things are all available.
Overall Impression: Great little deli that has both hot and cold sandwiches at reasonable prices. Great service. Disappointed that it isn’t open later than 6pm (or on Sundays or Mondays)