Best Restaurant in Kingfield/ East Harriet Minneapolis 2014 - Piccolo
Helmed by our Best Chef winner, Doug Flicker, the incomparable Piccolo serves five-star cuisine for a handful of diners in a micro-sized space near Barton Open Elementary. The menu is seasonally focused, with rigorously sourced ingredients concentrated into small plates full of swoon-worthy flavors, as in the comforting Agnolotti pasta in a potato and mushroom broth, served with fine, razor-thin slices of pigs' head sausage and a spicy 'Nduja filling. Flicker's work is vivid, unpretentious, and totally intent on wringing every single molecule of flavor from his materials. In less careful hands, the fingerling potatoes in his dish of Guinea Hen with artichokes, caramelized yogurt, and pork belly would be overwhelmed by the richness of the rest of the plate, but Flicker makes every bite of the earthy starch sing. A word of warning, this experience is not an exclusive one, but you will want to make reservations well in advance, as the single dining room seats no more than 30 people. It's an intimate, sensual experience best shared by small groups.