Serving the western Lake Minnetonka area with traditional thin crust pizza, hoagies, wraps, burgers, and more! We offer a large assortment of beer and a great night life!
Accepted Forms of Payment
We currently accept all major credit/debit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express), cash or gift cards purchased from our store. We do not accept checks or gift cards purchased at another Carbone's location.
It was a snowy winter evening in their mother's dining room, when a business partnership between brothers Matthew and Jeremy Willette was born. After successfully opening and running Carbone's in Blaine, Matthew was looking for a partner to purchase the local pizzeria and pub in his hometown of Mound, MN. What better person than his brother and partner-in-crime growing up?
Matthew began his career in the restaurant industry at the young age of 15 years-old when he worked at the Carbone's Pizzeria in Mound. He started as a deliver driver and cook, then assistant Manager, then moved up to General Manager by the age of 19. Four months after his 20th birthday, he purchased the old Manzetti’s location in Blaine, Minnesota, and opened a Carbone's franchise of his own. When asked about his inspiration for wanting to own a restaurant, he replied, "My father was a big inspiration for me. He owned his own business when we were growing up before he passed away. I saw his hard-work and determination and knew I wanted to be successful just like him. I knew I had big shoes to fill." After building the Carbone's in Blaine from the ground up, and managing to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Business on top of that, Matthew sold the business when he learned that Dailey's Pub and the Carbone's where his career had started was up for sale. He knew the pizzeria and neighboring pub had great potential if they could merge together into one entity. It was then that he reached out to his brother and proposed his business plan.
Jeremy was working as a mechanic at the time that his brother approached him. He too had worked at the pizzeria in his teens and also saw great potential in the two businesses. Although he didn't always see himself specifically owning a restaurant, he did have a passion to be an entrepreneur. He wanted a business where he could be hands on in daily operations. This seemed like the perfect fit for him. "I went headfirst into business ownership with only what I had learned from my friends and a semester long business class in college. My brother had a business degree and previous ownership experience. My brother taught me a lot about business and the restaurant industry." says Jeremy. The brothers would go on to learn and grow together. "We both learned from and fed off each other to build our brand and our business to what it is today."
The brothers purchased the two businesses on June 1st, 2011. They worked side-by-side, learning and adjusting the way the businesses ran as they went. Jeremy headed up handling the bar side of things, while Matthew took lead on the pizzeria. They began planning a remodel and restructure immediately. After seven months of preparation, they were able to bring their vision of one bar and restaurant to life. They closed for the remodel after their first New Year's Eve party on January 1st, 2012. 32 days later, there was no longer Carbone's Pizzeria with a food menu and Dailey's Pub with alcohol. They opened their doors on February 2nd for the first time as Carbone's Pizzeria Bar & Grill, bringing pizza and beer together as one.
In 2019 Jeremy stepped back from operations to pursue other business ventures. They brought on longtime employee Rachael Faust (Schwankl) as a third business partner in 2022 to help fill Jeremy's operational shoes and to help continue to grow the company into the future. Matthew's passion is still the restaurant industry and still functions as the company's CEO.
Today, Carbone's Pizzeria Bar & Grill is still thriving. They offer an extensive pizza menu, accompanied by a variety of other options, including hoagies, pastas, wraps, burgers and more. They focus on a family friendly atmosphere while still being a go-to spot on weekend nights. The trio of owners have expanded their operation and will be opening a second location in Delano, MN in late summer of 2023.
Hustad, Elizabeth. "Carb up! Pro sports, pizza help fuel Westonka athletics." Laker Pioneer [Mound, MN], 12 Feb. 2021, p. 3.
Carb up! Pro sports, pizza help fuel Westonka Athletics
Mound Carbone's Pizzeria Bar & Grill hosts auctions in support of Westonka district sports
Possible vision for next winter: your kid out on the ice, shooting the puck at Thaler and wearing a Captains Club-funded uniform while you yourself wear a jersey signed by Ryan Suter. Two cool things right there and maybe a Westonka win completes the hat trick.
If that’s to be reality, you’d best get yourself to Carbone’s.
Carbone’s Pizzeria Bar & Grill in Mound is stepping up to the plate with a sports memorabilia auction benefiting Westonka’s youth athletic programs.
The restaurant is partnering with Universal Sports Auctions, formerly Total Sports Enterprises, to hold week-by-week bids through at least the end of the school year. Already, four weeks of auctioned items have brought in $1,000 for Westonka’s young athletes.
Items for bid have been as varied as a replica helmet signed by Harrison Smith and a framed print of the Nintendo cult classic, Punch Out (with a pixelated Mike Tyson signed by the actual Mike Tyson).
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to the omelet breakfasts and taco dinners that normally would help sustain Westonka’s programs and “they’re really hurting right now,” said Craig Goodrich. Goodrich, with Universal Sports, is also a member of Mound-Westonka Rotary.
“To hold an event is just wild and crazy right now!” added Jeff Peterson, activities director at Mound Westonka High School. Even hockey games, usually the district’s biggest winter money-maker, are having to be live streamed this year.
Pictured from left, are Craig Goodrich with Universal Sports; Jeff Peterson, Westonka activities director; Matt Willette, co-owner of Carbone's in Mound (and a Mound Westonka alum; and Rachael Schwankl, General Manager of the Mound Carbone's franchise. (Elizabeth Hustard/Laker Pioneer)
Rachael Schwankl, General Manager for the Mound Carbone’s franchise, said that all of the proceeds the restaurant receives from auction sales, a cut of 20 percent, will go to the school district’s activities department.
From there, Westonka’s Peterson said the money would be added to the department’s Captains Club fund, which allows dollars to carry over beyond the current school year and which helps to cover uniform replacements and extra requests from multiple sports programs.
Not every host location is as generous as Carbone’s, added Goodrich: many keep the money for their own business needs, he said.