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Bear Bites: Minori’s Italian Ristorante

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Minori offers daily specials, such as this eggplant parmigiana.

Minori offers daily specials, such as this eggplant parmigiana.

Peter Garcia

Peter Garcia

Minori offers daily specials, such as this eggplant parmigiana.

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As much as I enjoy eating out in Macon, there are some restaurants in nearby towns that I just cannot help but try. Such was the case when I heard about the opening of a new family-style Italian restaurant opening up in Forsyth.

At 22 W. Main St. in Forsyth, Georgia, Minori’s Italian Ristorante is serving high-quality Italian dishes in an upscale but comfortable environment.

“Minori’s atmosphere made for a casual and comforting dining experience while still maintaining a classy feel,” said photographer Peter Garcia.

 

The Good

The Entrees

I tried the lunch special, eggplant parmesan. A generous portion of fried eggplant was served with tomato sauce and plenty of melted cheese over spaghetti noodles. The eggplant and sauce were incredibly flavorful, and the noodles were cooked perfectly.

Garcia had the chicken alfredo, and he had high praises for the sauce.

Peter Garcia
Popular dishes, such as chicken Alfredo, are served for lunch in hearty portions.

 

The Lunch Price

Each of our entrees was under $10, making the entrees alone a perfectly fine deal for a nice lunch. On top of that, our meals came with salads, and our pasta dishes were served with large pieces of focaccia bread on the side.

“The lunch menu offered a variety of quality dishes for an economical price with little difference
in price for dinner portions. The lunch portions are sure to satisfy any appetite,” Garcia said, and I certainly agree.

Peter Garcia
Salad is included with most lunch options.

 

The Questionable

The Mozzarella Sticks

Advertised as Mozzarella di Fritto, this antipasto was simply some slightly above average mozzarella sticks. Nothing wrong with that, but I probably would not order them again.

Peter Garcia
Minori offers a variety of Italian “antipastos”. Here is pictured mozzarella sticks.

The Bad

The Location

To get to Forsyth from Macon takes almost 30 minutes, so although it could be a great lunch place, it is out of the way for those who live, go to school or work in Macon.

“The only downside to Minori’s is that it is located in Forsyth, which, in reality, is not too far away. Some people may not want to make the drive, but Minori’s is worth trying if they are in the area,” Garcia said.

It is so rare to find a restaurant that checks all the boxes of being affordable, filling and delicious. Minori’s receives top marks in each of the categories.

The only thing keeping me from making Minori’s my go-to nice sit-down lunch place is that it is so far away. Certainly, though, I will keep it in mind, and I look forward to potentially going back for lunch, or to try what I am sure is an excellent dinner.

 

Rating:

Will 4.5/5
Peter 4/5

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