Jan 092011

Cuisine: Pizza & Pasta
Restaurant Features: Beer & Wine, On-Site Parking
Locations: Anoka, Forest Lake, Ham Lake, Ramsey, Shoreview & St Francis, MN
Addresses & Maps:

Anoka– 3603 Round Lake Blvd NW  Anoka, MN 55303  763 427-8620

Forest Lake– 555 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025  651 256-1515

Ham Lake- 16220 Aberdeen St NE  Ham Lake, MN‎ 55304  763 434-1515

Shoreview– 3999 Rice St  Shoreview, MN  55126 651 483-5125

St Francis–  23042 St Francis Blvd  St Francis, MN  55075  763 753-4577

Hours: Sunday-Thurs 11am-10pm   Friday11am-12am  Sat  11am-11pm
Links: Mansetti’s Pizza Website * Mansetti’s Facebook Page

Mansetti's Pizza & Pasta ~ Forest Lake, MN

Atmosphere: The Mansetti’s location in Forest Lake is located in a strip mall just off of Broadway Ave about halfway between Hwy 61 and I-35.  There are two dining area inside the restaurant, one in front when you first walk in and another in the back.  The front area is somewhat small but uses the space for both tables and booths.

The banquet room that is in the back is a much bigger space and has many tables that can be arranged for big parties.

Menu: Appetizers at Mansetti’s include Hot Wings, Mozzarella Sticks, Garlic Toast and Garlic Toast with Cheese.

Salad offerings are the Antipasto, Antipasto Supreme, Tossed Salad, and Chicken Antipasto.

Pasta dishes offered include Manicotti, Baked Rigatoni, Rigatoni Supreme, Vegetarian Rigatoni, Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken or Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo, Lasagna, Spaghetti (w or w/o meatballs), Meatball Dip, Chicken Manicotti, Shrimp Tortellini, and Penne Rigate.

Mansetti’s is most know for their pizzas, which come in 10″, 12″, 14″ or 16″.  Build-Your-Own or order one of the Specialty Pizzas like the House Special, Carnivore, Bacon Cheeseburger, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Hawaiian, Barbeque Chicken, Barbeque Beef, Chicken Bacon Ranch, Chicken Inferno, Herbivore, Blazing Pepperoni, and Papa Mansetti’s.

Desserts include Turtle Cheesecake, Ice Cream Sundae, and Rootbeer Float.

Price guide: Appetizers $3-9  Salads $3-8 Pasta $9-12  Pizzas $8-22  Desserts $3.50

Weekly Specials:

Thursday- XL One-topping pizza for $12.99

What we ordered:
One of the pizzas that we ordered was Pepperoni and Sausage.  I was a little worried at first because the cheese appeared to be just-barely melted instead of brown and bubbly like I prefer.  After a bite I was reassured that the ultra-thin crust was nice and crispy.  The pepperoni was slightly spicy and the sausage was decent, although not freshly ground.  The sauce was tangy and the cheese seemed to be of decent quality as well.  Better than I thought it might be!

Another pizza that we ordered was the Chicken Bacon Ranch.  This was quite different in flavor than the first pizza, but just as delicious and a nice change of pace.  The sauce that was used was a creamy ranch, then topped with crispy bites of bacon, white meat chicken, cheddar and mozzarella. It wasn’t loaded with ingredients but still tasted good.  I would definitely get this pizza again.

We also tried the Combo Manicotti, which comes with one ricotta-stuffed tube and one filled with seasoned ground meat, as well as two slices of garlic cheese bread.  Like the pizza, the cheese was just barely melted on both the manicotti and the bread.  The bread could’ve been much crispier, it needed about 3 more minutes in the oven to get where I really like it.  The kids enjoyed it though!  The manicottis were both very good, especially the one filled with meat.

One of my companions ordered this Antipasto Salad, with onion, pepperoni, green olives, and freshly grated parmesan on a bed of lettuce with Italian dressing on the side.  Looked great!

Service: There were a couple of big parties other than ours in the Banquet room and it  was somewhat slow for food to arrive but refills were filled as needed.  Another thing I noticed is that after the big parties left, nobody bothered to bus and clean the tables.

Overall Impression: This was my first time trying Mansetti’s Pizza & Pasta and I thought they had a good selection of both specialty pizzas and pastas on their menu.  The pizzas that we tried were thin and crispy but seemed kind of high in price for how thin the crust is and for the amount of toppings you get.  Best bet is to use a coupon or get one of the weekly specials.

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