Review: Messy Giuseppe from Mancini’s al Fresco

There’s no room for vanity at the Fair. Try as some might, looking your best while out in the heat, walking several miles and consuming far too many calories is nearly impossible. The Messy Giuseppe sandwich embraces Fairgoers’ sloppiness and matches that with an inelegant but no less delicious sandwich. This sandwich is roughly a Sloppy Joe with a little trademark Mancini’s Italian flair. The ground beef and pork sausage blend is bellisimo, and the traditional red marinara sauce topped with parmesan cheese will evoke memories of old-school Italian restaurants. Placed atop warm Italian bread, this is a large portion meal that may not be the most appropriate for Fairgoers but will hardly make anyone complain about portion sizes. Unfortunately, as good as it is, it is a little basic, and one would hope for a more fun spin on this rather simple sandwich’s version on offer at the Fair; the only novelty here is in the fun name. It’s also pretty much impossible to walk while eating this one unless you really don’t care about appearances. This sandwich should come with reserved seating at a table, because you will need it if there’s any hope of not spilling upon yourself. At $7.75, anyone looking for a cheap meal to get them through the Fair on a budget has to consider this a strong option.

Ratings (0-4):

  • Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 2
  • Novelty: 0
  • Value: 4
  • Portability: 0

Overall Score: 9/20 (Better Luck Next Year)

Categories 2018 Minnesota State Fair, Reviews

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