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“We wanted to like it...”
Review of Papa's Italian

Papa's Italian
Ranked #1 of 12 Restaurants in Zimmerman
Cuisines: Pizza
Dining options: Delivery
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery
Minneapolis, MN
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“We wanted to like it...”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

We weren't in the mood for Italian, but we couldn't find much else in the way of non-chain/fast-food so we decided to give it a whirl. Unfortunately, we were pretty disappointed. I had the lasagna. It had so much cheese melted on top of on it that I could barely taste anything else. Every bite tasted like I was pulling the cheese topping off a pizza and just eating it. Once I successfully dug through the cheese to find the tomato sauce, I was hoping I'd be impressed but the sauce itself was pretty tasteless.

My husband had the Mama's hot sub sandwich. He is the ultimate meat eater, but he said there was so much meat on it and it was so salty that it overpowered any other ingredient.

We went to use the bathrooms at one point and they weren't the cleanest. There was something wrong with the toilet, and the person before us that used it went up to tell them about it. There was no one in the front so she explained it directly to the person in the kitchen who was making all the orders. He, along with the servers, joked about what they might have to do, "go in there with a glove on". I know with small family businesses everyone needs to be a jack-of-all-trades but it just wasn't something you want to hear from the person preparing food.

If the food would have been better, I would have let the other stuff slide but all in all the experience wasn't a good one.

  • Visited March 2014
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English first
Nebraska
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great food, large portions”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

We visited Papa's on a Wednesday night. Not real busy, but filled up the smaller room as we were eating. Our food was good and the portions large. Service was good and everyone was friendly and accomadating. Great small town place to eat.

  • Visited October 2013
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Zimmerman, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best Italian Around”
Reviewed 5 October 2013

I have been going to Papa's for more than 20 years and it is the best Italian food ever. Not only is the food fantastic, the staff is awesome. We consistently get good service and, depending upon our order, the staff will inform us when the food will be out (calzones and strombolis take longer, but well worth the wait). They have the best calzones and strombolis, salads with their homemade dressings, pizzas and pasta dishes. They also have a great noontime buffet.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Kim R
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Zimmerman, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Delivery”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

The food is good but the service sucks. The one time we dined there we were ignored and had slow, poor service. You can tell they are more of a delivery restaurant as that was where their focus was on this visit. We since have had delivery service several times over the years and the last one went horribly wrong. First it took way over the 45 minute ETA and the driver couldn't find the place even though we have had delivery in the past. When he got here he forget one of our items, so returned to get it and we found he was missing a second item. It was very frustrating as the missed items were cold and nothing was done to comp us for this poor service/mixed up.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank DJAMBRITT
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Elk River, Minnesota, USA
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Pizza”
Reviewed 22 April 2013 via mobile

Papas has the best pizza around. The atmosphere is a little lacking but who cares when the pizza is that good. Get the Smedleys pizza yum.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank MinnesotaGolfer
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