Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta, Desserts
Restaurant Features: Delivery, On-Site Parking
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 3555 Chicago Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55407 612-825-6827
Atmosphere: Jakeeno’s Pizza and Pasta is located in south Minneapolis, on Chicago at E 36th. The interior is vibrant and colorful, with brightly painted walls and a number of wooden tables along either side of the space.
Menu: Appetizers at Jakeeno’s include Artichoke Dip, Chicken Wings, Garlic Provolone Toast, and Italian Toast.
Salads are the Baby Greens with Walnuts, Caesar, House and Antipasto.
Sandwiches include Meatball, Chicken Parmesan, and Spicy Sausage Link.
Jakeeno’s Pasta dishes include Lasagna, Chicken Florentine, Pasta Primavera, Chicken Parmesan, Stuffed Shells, Roasted Vegetable Cannelloni, Baked Rigatoni, Italian Spaghetti, and Jumbo Beef Ravioli.
Build-your-Own-Pizza in either 10″, 13″ or 15″ or try one of these Specialty Pizzas: Chicago Super, House Special (sausage, pepperoni, mushroom), Jakeeno’s Favorite, Vegetarian Special, Spinach Special, Rosemary Potato, Barbeque Special, Primavera and Greek.
Jakeeno’s also has desserts such as the Walnut Brownie, Cheesecake, Chocolate Mocha Layer Cake, and Mini Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Price guide: Appetizers $2-8 Salads $4/6.50 Sandwiches $7.50 Pastas $9-12 Pizzas $13-22
What we ordered: One of the first things I noticed when I walked into Jakeeno’s for the first time was the white sign with the Daily Specials and a Dollar Menu. I was in the company of three small children and the small order of penne for $1 was about the right size for each of them, but a hungry child could easily eat two. The sauce was tasty and not at all spicy. Garlic cheese toast was also $1. The kids loved them!
The Garlic Cheese Bread was baked to the perfect combo of textures; golden brown and toasty around the edges and on the bottom, then soft and buttery bread under the layer of bubbly provolone. The provolone gave it a deeper flavor than mozzarella would, very tasty!
My companion and I split a full order of the Baby Greens Salad. Pictured below is half the salad, the size of a typical side salad. The baby greens were very fresh, a mix of spinach, arugula and others, then tossed in a balsimic vinaigrette and topped with walnuts and asiago cheese crumbles. I thought the salad was good but it would’ve been better with some type of sweet addition
There were many specialty pizzas that looked great but we decided on this 10″ Primavera Pizza. It isn’t often that I order a veggie-only pizza but this one was very good! The thin crust was covered with Jakeeno’s homemade sauce, then topped with zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, garlic, onions, mushrooms and a generous heaping of mozzarella. This beauty was baked so that all the veggies were cooked but still somewhat al dente. I loved the textures of this pizza and the strong garlic really gave the sauce an extra kick. It would’ve been even better with sausage and/or pepperoni but meat wasn’t necessary to make it delicious.
Service: We had very good service at Jakeeno’s. The server was very accommodating when dealing with the kids in our party and food was served quickly.
Overall Impression: Jakeeno’s is a good restaurant to bring the family but if you can’t dine in, they also deliver. Make sure you ask about daily specials, sometimes they offer all-you-can-eat spaghetti.