BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT (CHEAP) - 2008
Broders' Pasta Bar
5000 Penn Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
If you want to eat an affordable plate of pasta, you have dozens of options around the area. If you want to eat a craftily concocted, beautifully presented, top-quality, affordable plate of pasta, your best bet is heading out to Broders' Pasta Bar and sampling the ever-changing variety of egg pasta dishes (from noodles prepared fresh daily) or imported semolina-based artisan pasta dishes. While the menu presents a seasonally aware, rotating extravaganza of Italian food, some evergreens call out to regular Broders' diners. The kicky, outrageously fresh-tasting penne alla puttanesca, for example (a $9.95 dish of pasta with plum tomatoes, crushed red peppers, olives, capers, and anchovy paste), is guaranteed to keep pasta lovers streaming out of Broders' overstuffed parking lot and through the front doors.