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About Donatelli’s

It was 1976. Our country had just turned 200. We land on Mars. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest won best picture. Rocky became a legend. Apple started in a garage and Donatelli’s opened its doors in a small strip mall space smaller than a garage.

We started out as a little hole-in-the-wall pizza joint, where friends and family gathered to enjoy great pizza and conversation. Although our menu has grown faster than Apple and became more epic than the Rocky franchise, not a lot has changed. We’re just a bigger hole-in-the-wall, with a bigger menu and a lot of customers that have been coming here since they were teenagers, and now they’re sharing the experience with their grandkids.

After over 40 years, we’re still that local place where family and friends gather to share great meals, celebrate milestones and have a good time. That’s partly because we offer a mouth-watering collection of Donatelli Originals, made from scratch pastas, sauces and pizza (we don’t do heat and eat commissary like most franchise food places here)… but more importantly it’s due to our one-of-a-kind staff who have truly embraced our mission: “to make everyone’s day a little better and brighter.”

You would think that a restaurant would have a food centered “purpose,” but after 42 years we’ve come to the conclusion that though the food is very important, it’s always the people that matter most. So our purpose or mission statement is born out of the simple understanding that when people choose to risk their dinner plans and dollars with us, we better make damn certain we give them a little more than a great meal for their effort. That’s why our mission/purpose statement is simply:

To make everyone’s day a little better and brighter.

We hope you’ll join us soon. People far and wide rave about our food… but that’s just someone else’s opinion until you experience us yourself.

Our clients are always surprised when they receive their catering bill and there are no hidden charges. Seems only right to us. Our one low price has always included everything you need for the perfect event: dishes, linens, silverware and more. It’s all included and we’re happy to do it.
The last thing you need at the end of the night is the aggravation of disputing a bill. That’s why we always quote you fairly and up front, so the only surprise you’re hit with is the amount of compliments you receive from your guests. Learn More

TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS

slide Top notch staff, they are all warm, friendly, and inviting. Awesome food, most made from scratch. My personal favorite is the Italian Jambalaya, it is so good, the perfect level of heat, and it is a generous portion. They have a nice selection of craft beer on tap. Their ice cream selection is great! Brandon Beyer slide This is one of my favorite restaurants in the north metro. We always get the Italian fries, SO GOOD! Love them. I've had the lasagna and some other types of pasta but my favorite is the baked manicotti. I usually can't finish it because I've filled up on Italian fries, so I end up taking some home. It comes with garlic toast, which is pretty good, too. We've always had friendly, attentive waitstaff, so never a bad visit. And if there's a wait to be seated, they have free bread and Italian fries to nibble on while you wait. Sally F.
Andover, MN
slide Lots of choices, great for families. I suggest getting an order of their hot chips extra crispy to share. My favorite menu items are the anti pasta salad, gnocchi & of course pizza. After you must save room for ice cream! They even offer some of their menu items to go from the freezer. Expect to be treated well from their friendly staff! Amanda U. slide I love Donatelli's. The food is always good and the staff are always polite and attentive. This is a great place for casual dining, the portions are great and the food is high quality without too much formal setting. Great for kids and families Stephanie Henderson slide Yummy! This is one of my favorite restaurants. Wonderful staff! The menu has a nice variety and includes many options for people with food sensitivities. Make sure to stop for some ice cream/gelato on your way out! Katya Z. slide Quick food, big portions, the bread was great - cooked to perfection. The waitress was super lovely too, talkative and informative. SECOND VISIT; awesome ever changing beer menu. Food for everyone. This place has AMAZING staff. Waitress was so sweet. Offered amazing food suggestions, funny commentary and awesome service. We will be back! Diana F. slide Made our third trip to Donatelli's and it was fantastic yet again!!! I had the Pizza Turnover with an Italian/Hawaiian twist to it... ham, bacon, pineapple, meatballs, mushrooms and cheese. Mmmmm the mrs had the Baked Mosticoli (her go to dish)...ordered the Pizza Fries for apps and the Hot Fudge Cake for dessert. Another Diners Drive-Ins and Dives favorite of ours. Gene H. slide Made our third trip to Donatelli's and it was fantastic yet again!!! I had the Pizza Turnover with an Italian/Hawaiian twist to it... ham, bacon, pineapple, meatballs, mushrooms and cheese. Mmmmm the mrs had the Baked Mosticoli (her go to dish)...ordered the Pizza Fries for apps and the Hot Fudge Cake for dessert. Another Diners Drive-Ins and Dives favorite of ours. We had rigatoni and lasagna tonight with a Caesar salad. All I can say is delicious! Can't wait to come back. Thanks to your staff for always making it pleasant to dine in or take out and for preparing and serving such great food. Love everything about Donatelli's. I hope you'll share my comments with the staff. Keep up the great work!! Chuck M. slide Donatelli's has been our favorite Italian food for a long time. Even though it is all the way across the metro from us, we will still make the drive once in awhile to eat there.
Since they do catering, it was a no-brainer to have them cater our rehearsal dinner. I placed my order over the phone a couple weeks in advance. The staff was very helpful, guiding me on how much I would need to order for a complete meal. I made my payment on the day of and then they delivered everything on time. The food was tasty (but of course it is always better fresh in the restaurant). I was very pleased with the order out/delivery of Donatelli's.
Shana Nguyen
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