filet mignon

When did they stop making Steaks like This?

There are a few things we miss about Manzetti’s and one is the amazing steaks. Here is a photo of the Filet Mignon. Do you have a story to share about Manzetti’s Steaks?

filet mignon

filet mignon

What is the Manzetti’s Story?

Shortly after Prohibition ended, Frank Manzetti, known as “Z” to his buddies in the East Side steakhouses, left Manhattan to open his restaurant on the South Jersey shore not far from Atlantic City. While serving a variety of foods, he specialized in steaks and his reputation for thick, juicy cuts with a seared exterior quickly spread in this vacation resort. One fateful day a tourist called Frank out of the kitchen to proclaim, “This steak sure tastes good, but it looks like something I pulled out of the fire at the steel mill where I work in Pittsburgh.” From that day forward, steaks prepared in the Manzetti style became known throughout the Western World, or at least southern New Jersey, as “Pittsburghed” and “Z” Manzetti took on the additional moniker of “Pittsburgh Frank.”


We welcome the chance to continue the tradition.

Charlotte Cuisine Magazine talks about Salads!


Toss Up
Experience the salad days


While locally grown summer greens and heirloom tomatoes are perfectly paired, salads are also good company in the colder months. But I don’t mean the “all you can eat” salad bars with their over-the-top portions. Making a similar salad at home is easy. Heck, some grocery stores have their own salad bars you can take home with you.

No, a great salad is a well-composed plate of textures and flavors dressed in the barest of vinaigrettes.

One of the most enduring salad favorites is at Frank ManZetti’s. Their Broiled Chicken Salad ($8.95) is a large (almost too large) plate of sliced marinated chicken breast over mixed greens, dotted with heart of palm, white mushrooms, scallions, and chopped tomatoes. My preference for dressing is the blue cheese, but order on the side.Frank ManZetti’s Bar & Grill, 6401 Morrison Boulevard, Specialty Shops on the Park. 704-364-9334

Manzetti’s Reunion

Yesterday there was a Manzetti’s Reunion Hosted by Epic Chophouse owners Larry Sponaugle and  Jim Morasso. We would like to send out a big THANK YOU. It was great to see many of the people we once considered family.

Epic Chophouse supplied and amazing spread for everyone to enjoy. As I write this post I’m realizing a mistake was made in not taking some photo’s of the Food.

If Some photos surface in the future we will add them.


A few Tripadvisor Posts (2006)

Traveler rating:

Charlotte: Frank Manzetti’s Bar & Grill: “My first pick in Charlotte”

Feb 10, 2006:  A TripAdvisor Member, Smyrna, TN

This was one of those dining experiences that was so outstanding I had to call the manager over to tell him. Service was exceptional. The waiter (Anthony) checked on us constantly, made excellent recommendations, and was so sweet and pleasant. Wonderful selection of enticing entrees. Hard to decide on one, but went with the filet tenderloins. Was a good choice. Savory. Beautiful presentation. And, they made my favorite drink, French Martini, perfectly, and not everyone even knows what it is. We tried the apple pie and the chocolate chip pecan pie, 2 of my favorites. The apple pie won hands down. This would be the first restaurant I would recommend and I would dine in next time I’m in Charlotte.

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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Traveler rating:

Charlotte: Frank Manzetti’s Bar & Grill: “Great American Food with flair

Jan 28, 2006:  A TripAdvisor Member, Manassas, Va

Had a great lunch here. Very relaxing atmosphere, has a small bar area but lots of tables. Great for couples, families or happy hour. The food selections are diverse and there are some things for everyone on the menu. I highly recommend this place for a change of pace from your regular chain restaurant experiences.

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This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC