Best Cheap Eats - 2012
Yarusso-Bros. Italian Restaurant
635 Payne Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55130
Yarusso-Bros., on St. Paul's East Side, has been a neighborhood favorite since 1933. When people want an old-school Italian joint, this is the place: family-owned and -operated, with pictures of regular customers and neighbors lining the walls, and serious grandma-style cooking going down. The Godfather trilogy is on constant rotation in the bar, and the plates of pasta with their secret-recipe red sauce are always heaped high with goodness. Some of the best deals in town happen here with large plates of pasta (spaghetti, rigatoni, or mostaccioli), plenty for two or even three to share, priced around $11. But then there are the specials like the pasta bucket for four (yes, a bucket) for only $25. And $5 is enough for spaghetti and a meatball all day, every day. And there's more: Get a free glass of wine with dinner on Thursdays, on Sundays kids eat free all day, and there's free pasta on the patio for bike riders the first Saturday of each month — yes, they are literally giving it away!