Takeout Tuesday: Rosati’s in Maple Grove Preps for Super Bowl
At a time when much of the country is divided, there’s one surefire force that unites us all — the taste of a good pizza.
“When people gather together and there’s pizza, everyone can eat pizza and everyone loves to eat pizza,” said James Rosati, owner of Rosati’s Pizza. “It’s something that people can all agree on.”
For three years, Rosati and his team from Rosati’s in Maple Grove have served up generous portions of this Chicago-style pizza to hungry customers in the northwest metro.
“We get Chicago people in all the time that are like, yup, this is exactly what I remember growing up,” Rosati said. “They’re overly excited that we’re here. We have people that will drive an hour one direction just to come get pizza from us.”
That’s quite the compliment, considering that there’s no shortage of pizza places in the Twin Cities.
A family recipe
But what sets this place apart is the Rosati family recipe, which traces its origins back to Italy.
“It’s definitely the freshness and the family part of it that makes it different than other places,” he said.
While Rosati’s is technically a national chain, James Rosati is a distant relative of the founding family in Chicago.
“When they found out that there was a Rosati that they’re related to, living in Minnesota, they kind of pushed me pretty hard to open one,” he said. “They were like, ‘come on let’s do it, it would be fun for you.’ I’m like, ‘okay we’ll try it.’”
So far, Maple Grove is Rosati’s only Minnesota location, but the plan is to expand once they get past the pandemic.
For now, the focus is on the immediate future, and with the Super Bowl on the horizon, it’ll be busy weekend.
“I’ll order heavily just for the weekend, knowing that the Super Bowl is happening and we will probably sell extra wings and more pizza and things like that for sure,” Rosati said.
National experts predict that Americans will order 12.5 million pizzas and 1.42 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday.
Rosati hopes that people will consider what’s on his menu when it comes time to place an order for the annual football feast.
“It’s really just a higher quality pizza than most places,” Rosati said.