BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT (NOT CHEAP) Minneapolis 2000 - Luci
Linguini lunchers love Luci! So do insalata lovers too, and, most likely, Lambrusco lappers too. Hey, it's hard not to babble when singing the praises of this sister act. Focused, attentive, enviably consistent Daniella Smith puts out Southern Italian dishes in which the fresh and the potent run loops around each other--the woman does things with prosciutto and pasta that make the Cities swoon. Meanwhile, big sister Anna Smith supervises the outstanding wine list. Best of all, the restaurant isn't too not-cheap--plan on getting three or four courses for less than you'd pay for a single entrée at some restaurants we could name.