Cuisine: American, Deli, Italian, Pizza
Restaurant Features: Bar, Market, On-Site Parking
Location: Willernie, MN (Mahtomedi)
Address: 460 Stillwater Road Willernie, MN 55090 (651) 653-4733
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11-am-10pm Sun 11am-8pm
Atmosphere: Roma is located in downtown Willernie in a space that used to occupy a laundromat. They did a spectacular job with their remodeling, as the new space is a very fresh and cute. A majority of the space is used by the dining room, which has a mix of both tables and booths. There is also a bar area that offers seating at the bar as well as at a handful of bistro tables. There are many windows, giving plenty of beautiful natural light during the day. I sat at a booth by the window and discovered that it can also be cool and drafty during winter months. I can only assume that the lights are dim at night to offer more of a romantic and relaxing atmosphere.
Roma also has a “Roman Market” which offers Premium Meats and European Deli items.
Menu: Appetizers include Antipasto Classico (meat & cheese tray), Cheese & Fruit Plate, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Spirito (Flatbread and three dips/spreads), Mussels ala Romana, Caprese, Italian Wings, Hummus, Bruschetta, Gelee (fruits and cheeses on crustini bread), Fonduta, and Italian Fries.
Salad options are the Gorgonzola, Greek, Caesar, Bistecca (steak with caramelized onions), Chicken with Apple and Walnuts, Rucola (arugula, bacon, egg, tomato), and Spinach Salad.
Sandwiches at Roma are served with kettle chips and include Greek Gyro, Italian Sub, Reuben, Rachel, French Dip, Turkey Melt, Hot Dago, Italian Beef, and Trojan Tenderloin. Flatbread wraps include Turkey, Chicken Caesar, Garlic Steak, Italian Combo, Diavlo Shrimp and Stromboli. Additional sandwiches served on the lunch menu include Porketta, BBQ Meatloaf, Grinder, Sausalito Turkey, Meatball Hoagie, Pastrami, Walleye, Margherita, and the Gladiator Melt (roast beef and cheddar).
Roma’s Pasta menu consists of Spaghetti, Gnocchi Bolognese, Lasagna Classico, Lasagna Blanco, Fettuccine Alfredo, Sausage Arabiatta, Chicken and Shrimp Linguini, and Squash Ravioli. Additional Pastas and Entrees served at dinner include Lobster Canneloni, Shrimp Pomodoro, Gorgonzola Filet, Sacchetti (pasta filled with truffle and ricotta in fontina cream sauce), Scallops Puttanesca, Chicken Saltimbocca, and Walleye in a Remoulade Sauce.
Roma has quickly become known for its wood-fired pizzas (10″& 14″) with options such as the Cheese, Margherita, Succo (cinnamon cream, squash, gorgonzola and caramelized onions with maple syrup), Garden, Balsalmico, Vesuvio (pepperoni, sausage, ham, mushroom, onion and peppers), Pesto Shrimp, Greek Gyro, Chicken Alfredo or Build-Your-Own.
Price guide: Appetizers $4-12 Salads $8-12 Sandwiches $8-12 Pastas/Entrees $12-22 Specialty Pizzas 10″ $9+ 14″ $14
- Daily 3-5pm
- 2-for-1 Tap & Bottled Beer, Mixed Drinks and Wine-by-the-Glass
- Cash Bar Only
What we ordered: The Italian Wings sounded good so we started with an order of those. The wings were loosely coated with Italian bread crumbs and then fried to a golden brown. The breading was only slightly crispy and was flaking off the wings in the usual way of bread crumbs, but they tasted delicious nonetheless! They were served with both bleu cheese and marinara.
Our server highly recommended the Spinach Artichoke Dip so we also had an order of that. It took some time to arrive because the flatbread was made to order, but we both liked it quite a bit. The flatbread was baked with parmesan cheese until the perfect texture of soft and crispy. The dip was very cream-cheese dominant with subtle pieces of artichoke and spinach blended in. We liked it but both agreed we prefer artichoke dip with a blend of cheeses and seasonings.
There was a very nice selection of sandwiches on the lunch menu and after asking for a recommendation, I ordered the Gladiator Melt. This sandwich was very good! The thinly-sliced roast beef was very tender and flavorful and had the cheddar cheese melted right into the layers. It was served on a soft yet slightly crusty ciabatta bread with a wine vinaigrette and aoili sauce. The textures and flavors of this sandwich went really well together. It was served with seasoned kettle chips and red grapes.
The Porketta was another recommendation of the server’s that my companion decided to try. I had been really enjoying my Gladiator Melt but then I tried a bite of the Porketta and I forgot all about the sandwich i ordered. This was one of the best new sandwiches I have tried in quite some time! The base of the sandwich was moist, tender pulled pork flavored with Italian seasonings then topped with melted pepperjack and sauteed peppers and onions. Seriously awesome, can’t figure out why this sandwich is not included on the dinner menu!?
Service: Our visit was mid-afternoon on a weekday so we had no problem getting a parking spot and we had our pick of tables as well. We were promptly greeted by our friendly server, who seemed to be the only person working in front. She made some great recommendations from the menu and brought us drinks and refills as needed. The timing of the food wasn’t the best; it took nearly 20 minutes for our appetizers since they were both made-to-order and even though we ordered our sandwiches later than we ordered the apps, our sandwiches came out less than five minutes after the apps. That is kind of a pet-peeve of mine but I didn’t sweat it since we were practically the only people in the restaurant.
Overall Impression: This is a lovely little gem in Willernie, near Mahtomedi. The sandwiches are excellent and the pastas and pizzas are rumored to be pretty awesome as well. The prices seemed very reasonable for the amount of food you get. Can’t wait to go back and try dinner very soon! One thing I think is great about Roma is that they always have some kind of printable coupon on their website. The current coupon for January 2011 is for Buy-One-Get-One Half Off . Now print yourselves a coupon, try Roma and let me know what you think!