Hopkins >Trattoria Michelangelos Cafe
Don't Waste Your Time.
Went there with my boyfriend to celebrate an anniversary...we ended up having to choose a completely different restaurant on a different night because of this restaurant. The waitstaff was very young, and obviously inexperienced; took a very long time even to get our water refilled. My b/f ordered veal marsala, which looked more like a salisbury steak TV dinner! The veal was rubbery and grisely, and the "marsala" sauce looked more like a brown gravy. The pasta side of "rigatoni and marinara" that came with the meal was undercooked (NOT al dente) and the alleged marinara tasted more like canned tomato soup.
I ordered a shrimp alrfredo, again, with undercooked pasta. The alfredo sauce appeared curdled and tasted as if it was made with sour milk (I could get something far superior from a jar). There were four large shrimp, unpeeled (LEGS INCLUDED.... :S) and very fishy tasting. The salads were very bare bones--lettuce with one slice of cucumber and one slice of tomato, and I received a house salad when I ordered caesar. The only thing good we ate was the calamari. Our waiter was nice enough to take off our entrees, and we received a $10 coupon for our unhappiness, which unfortunately we will not be going back to use.
Next time go to Olive Garden... :(
Doesn't live up to potential. Having traveled in Italy, I was hoping this would be a place that reflected the trattoria tradition there, but I was disappointed. The bread and salad were substandard (house salad had a pink tomato--at the peak of fresh tomato season--and was drenched in oily dressing), the entree (a rigatoni with chicken and sausage) was swimming in oil, and the service was slow and inattentive. Prices were fair, if the food had been better. Overall, the impression was that they just didn't care.
Won't go back. Our party of four decided to try the Trattoria for dinner on 7/24/07. We waited at least 10 minutes in a mostly empty restaurant before anyone acknowledged our presence. Though we found the outdoor seating, appetizers and wine to be just fine, the main meal was rather disappointing. Two of two pasta dishes were undercooked and of two meal-sized salads, one contained a black twist tie that my husband almost swallowed! When this was brought to the attention of the staff, they indicated they use heat-sealed containers for all food, apparently meaning that the twist tie could not have originated from their kitchen. When we asked about removing the salad from the bill, we were presented a $10 coupon for next time. After essentially being insulted and experiencing a less than mediocre meal, there will not be a next time.
Now that's Italian.
I went to Michelangelo?s with my 45 yr old dad on Saturday. THE FOOD WAS GREAT!!! That place is 90% perfect - I would have shown that with 4 1/2 stars but I couldn't :-( There were no flies or bees (Well, there was one) & the service was terrific! We also got to sit on the porch even though we weren?t supposed to because it was just me and my dad. But I must admit the place was a little pricey. I would recommend this restaurant to people ages 9 and over. (It's not really a great restaurant for kids.) So if you?re looking for a good Italian restaurant I highly recommend Michelangelo?s. CB
I am that 45 year old Dad. We were curious as to what we'd find since the other reviews were so different. We decided to pay attention to previous reviews to see how our experience compared. My daughter and I agree the food is great. Entree's are in the teens to twenties but worth it. I had the Filleto Gorgonzola after considering the Saltimbocca & another special dish. I wanted to roll around in the white sauce or lick my plate but I refrained from both. The waiter (Dan) & chef were great about making Fettuccini Alfredo with chicken on request for my daughter. Atmosphere was a plus as the evening was perfect for outdoor seating and yes the staff did flex and seat the two of us at a table for four. It appears the restaurant does not like to seat tables for two outside, so if you get the excuse the tables are reserved and nobody is seated, push the staff a bit. The staff was young but very attentive picking up on the fact this was a date night with my young daughter always keeping an eye on us from afar so I could easily signal for service as needed which wasn't required. Ditto on young kids only because I think you'll want to float away with the experience and I did not see a kids menu.
I am at a loss as to how someone compares this place to Olive Garden. Food is great & if you treat the staff as people I think you'll find yourself w/reason to return like us.
Overrated and Overpriced. We have been told to try Michelangelo's for some time. We chose a Thursday night. The place was pretty quiet, just a few tables. The restaurant appeared to be manned solely by teenagers, including the kitchen. We had heard of the true Italian ambiance and chef. We did not see any of that here. We ordered two pasta dishes which came with a simple salad (the olives on the side were memorable but nothing else was). The tortellini was good, but expensive for that kind of dish. My spouse asked for one rigatoni dish, but another one arrived. This dish was so covered in olive oil that it was difficult to taste anything else. We did not say anything until the end of the meal which was a mistake. The waiter appropriately apologized for bringing the wrong dish but took no other action. Overall, we paid $65 for two pasta dishes and two glasses of wine. We are not opposed to spending much more on a memorable meal and we often do at other small Italian restaurants in the Twin Cities. This one was a major disappointment and we will not rush back. (I recommend you avoid this establishment! We would have received a better meal and much better value at Olive Garden.)
How do the reviewers always miss this unbelievable find?!. This restaurant beats out any italian restaurant I've been to in the Twin Cities, EVER! We had an italian exchange student for 9 months, and this is the restaurant she chose to hang out at because so many of the staff were from Italy themselves, and the food is exactly how it is in Italy. The dishes are so fresh, I have no idea how the food tastes so amazing, they keep it so simple, but there's something that is indescribably out-of-this-world better than other restaurants in the state of Minnesota.
Authentic Italian Dining. Hands down, the best Italian food I have had in the Twin Cities, this restaurant is for true Italian food lovers! Trattoria Michelangelo is a family owned business - Luigi is from the Naples area -which produces fresh, excellent Italian fare in a cozy, kitchy setting. For the appetizers I highly recommend trying the chef's choice, bruschetta or steak tar tar which is by far the best that I have had in Minnesota. It is served drizzled in olive oil, with fresh parmesan cheese and capers. The meat dishes are fantastic served in cream sauces accompanied by traditional pasta in red sauce - I always ask for extra pasta! We are regulars at this restaurant and are treated like royalty when we arrive. I cannot tell you the last time we ordered off the menu. Luigi always cooks a special and fresh meal for us when we dine there. The desserts are all made on site and delicious - I love the lemon cake as it is not too sweet, and my daughter always has the chocolate pyramid which is a triangular hardened chocolate moose with a white cream sauce hidden in the interior. The wine list although not extensive has some fine Italian reds that have been chosen with care. If you truly seek authentic Italian cooking - and we are not talking Olive Garden here - give Michelangelo's a try!
Tasty but pricey.
We liked this place for several reasons but had some issues. The appetizers: caprese salad and bruschetta were both yummy. Our meals were good, not great. My husband's pasta with shrimp was tasty but he felt the shrimp should have been peeled and the pasta was just this side of undercooked (and we know and like al dente pasta). My entree was the pork saltimbocca special. Very good, but strangely, the pasta side came with a red sauce. A simple oil and lemon would have been much more compatible with the pork's sauce (a creamy white sauce).
Dessert (we only had room to share one!) was tiramisu and frankly it was one the worst I've ever had. It was served in a tapered cup so that the dessert was mostly the marscapone cheese filling with very little of the expresso/run soaked ladyfingers. And instead of cocoa powder garnishing, there was an excess of chocolate syrup - way too gooey sweet!
Service was fine if not overly friendly, she seemed not very interested in waiting on us and did the minimum. Other tables seemed to get better service with the young waiters.
Overall we liked it, but the prices were a bit high ($95 for 2 incl wine, apps, 1 dessert) for the quality we received for us to rush back.
A tiny slice of Italy!.
I have been coming here since 1999 and although they have gone through some changes; the exquisite food has remained the same! The atmosphere is casual but warm and friendly and every customer is truely treated like family. My favorite dish is the Grigliata di Pesce, a platter of grilled fresh seafood with delicious sides of spanish rice, marinated grilled vegetables and pasta. This is only a weekend special. If you go on a weeknight order the Filleto Gorgonzola, a tender cut of beef in a creamy gorgonzola sauce. (Pasta and salad also). A note on the service: this is an Italian restaurant run by Italians, if you are not pleased, Speak up! and they will do whatever it takes for you to leave satisfied.
These are the most authentic recipes you will find this side of the Atlantic; truly a tiny slice of Italia! Boun Apatitio!
If you are looking for ambience, it is not here. I had the Chicken Marsala, which was wonderful. My lunch partner had the lasagne, which was a delight and more moist than most. Side salads do not appear on the menu, so you need to order them by asking.
The lunch menu has a limited number of items, but I will be back to try more.
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