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Like a movie set, like a stage set, like a fantasy with tapestry costumes and professional lighting, the Loring Pasta Bar is inarguably one of the prettiest restaurants in the history of Twin Cities dining. Two rooms: one a long grotto of a bar made of undulating, Gaudi-like writhing snakes of brick; the other, a three-story soaring cathedral of post-Industrial Revolution romance. The food isn't much, since this was designed as a cheap, fun restaurant for penny-pinching University of Minnesota types. But put a bottle of wine on the table, and baby, Nicole Kidman never had a prettier dinner.