Italian Food and Cooking

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    September 25, 2014

    The Herbivorous Butcher Plans Fake Meat Emporium in South Minneapolis

    The team behind Herbivorous Butcher, a local company specializing in vegan meats, was once approached by a food scientist while selling their wares at a Minneapolis farmers market. "Okay, I'm going to try this," the scientist said, reaching for a sample of vegan Italian sausage. He took a bite, c ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    10 best oddball ice cream flavors in the Twin Cities

    An elderly man is sitting with his granddaughters at Scoops Ice Cream & More in Bloomington, Minnesota. "When I was your age, we only had two ice cream flavors -- chocolate and vanilla," he begins. His granddaughters remain focused on their complex ice cream concoctions, clearly unfazed by another ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Tongue in Cheek winks with playful, chef-driven eats in Payne-Phalen

    There's officially a restaurant revival going on in St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood. First Ward 6 came in swinging with charcuterie, beef fat-fried fish and chips, and boozy milkshakes last year; then Cook St. Paul put their own scratch-made mark on a long-loved east side institution earlier ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Chowgirls Killer Catering celebrates 10 years of delicious dishes

    Over the last decade, Chowgirls Killer Catering has become a culinary force to be reckoned with in the local catering world. Based in Minneapolis, the award-winning duo behind the company have steadily gained a following with their often locally and sustainably sourced dishes that are both elegant a ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Cow Bella burgled, resolves to remain loyal to the Mac-Groveland neighborhood

    This weekend, in an overnight heist, thieves broke into the relatively new gelato shop Cow Bella on Grand Avenue, near the Macalester school campus. They made off with some cash, a computer and an iPad, but what they took was more than just that.

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    February 27, 2013

    Milwaukee Brewers' racing sausage goes missing after night of barhopping

    We've finally found it -- the quintessentially Wisconsin story.SEE ALSO: 350-pound Wisconsin man picketing restaurant after he's cut off during all-you-can-eat fish fry In a nutshell, the Italian sausage that races other sausages during Milwaukee Brewers' games has gone missing after a night of barh ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Best Twin Cities restaurants you haven't tried

    These excellent metro eateries have been around for a while, but if you haven't paid them a visit, you should

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    October 10, 2012

    Nightingale on Lyndale now open

    After a successful and very hush-hush soft opening on Monday evening, Nightingale, a new late-night spot in Whittier focused on drinks and small plates, officially opened its doors to the public at 4 p.m. Tuesday.Here's a sneak peek at what's on the menu:See also:Nightingale: A new late night spot c ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Colossal Cafe lives up to its name

    From small digs in Minneapolis to a big place and bigger flavor in St. Paul

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    July 24, 2012

    Cosetta Italian Market expansion moves forward

    See also:Best Italian Restaurant, Cheap - Cossetta'sBroders vs. Cossetta in pizza pie fightAfter multiple setbacks in their planning stages and recent battles with City Hall over an exemption from city storm water management regulations, downtown St. Paul institution Cossetta Italian Market will mov ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    The Newsroom creates new edition of menu

    Read all about it: Nicollet Mall mainstay the Newsroom has acquired new cooking talent and designed a new menu. Joe Campbell has joined executive chef Andrew Baebenroth's team as sous chef. Their new menu debuted last week. The restaurant offers an American-eclectic menu and is centrally located in ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 15, 2012

    Eli's East is a classy but casual affair

    Burgers, pasta, and cocktails are delightful

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Restaurant Alma's starters and sweets are a steal for less than $12

    To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. It's a chilly January evening, but the soft yellow walls, honey-colored wood, and blond exposed brick at Restaurant Alma make it feel warm and cozy. We're sitting at the ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Dennis Leaf-Smith of 112 Eatery: Chef Chat, Part 2

    We're celebrating the 112 Eatery's seventh birthday by featuring its chef de cuisine, Dennis Leaf-Smith. Yesterday, we learned how he cut his teeth as a young chef, first in local kitchens and then out west (click here to read part 1 of our conversation). Today, he tells us how he ended up at the ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Tilia slings tasty eats for $12 or less

    To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Steven Joel Brown thought maybe it was time to move on. "I was kind of thinking I was done working in restaurants," he confesses," and that part of my life was over." I ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Colossal Cafe St. Paul: A first look

    ​The tiny cafe with the ironic name has opened another location.  Elizabeth Tinucci selected a spot in St. Paul, the town where she grew up, for her extension.  After the restaurant was featured on the Food Network's Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives ,Tinucci took over the original opera ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    112 Eatery is chock full of delicious dishes for less than $12

    To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Isaac Becker has much to be thankful for, and he knows it. The restaurant game can be brutal, and when you're fortunate enough to survive, you count your lucky stars. ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Meritage delivers $12-and-under dandies on its lunch menu

    To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Go big or go home. When Russell Klein does something, he does it the right way. Exhibit A: the oyster bar. In late 2010, Klein--along with his co-owner and wife, Dest ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 3, 2011

    Gather by D'Amico opens in the Walker

    Featured local chefs rotate through the kitchen

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Minnesota State Fair's list of new foods a major letdown

    MN State Fair announces this year's new foods!​Each year's list of new Minnesota State Fair foods should inspire two responses: excitement about sampling some cool new items and jealousy that you weren't the one who came up with the genius idea in the first place. In the past, we've looked to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Ask the Critic: A 40th birthday and the Eddie Vedder ukulele tour

    ​We're headed to Minneapolis for the 4th of July weekend to celebrate a 40th birthday and to see the Eddie Vedder Ukulele tour (kinda random, but we are!). Any good restaurant recommendations? Would be great if there was something really special for the birthday, but also just any great, local ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 23, 2011

    In Season takes over Armatage Room on Penn

    Chef Don Saunders makes his comeback

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Punch's Toto pizza: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 97

    Danielle LenzPunch Pizza: serving up huge flavors in 90 seconds flat​Maybe it's the top-notch ingredients, from the San Marzano tomatoes to the imported mozzarella di bufala. Or maybe it's the crust--thin yet chewy and speckled with char from its 90-second stint in an 800-degree wood-fired oven. W ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Top 5 south Minneapolis restaurants you didn't know delivered

    carldunniii via Flickr.comSuch magical words​We've all been there: nights when the idea of cooking dinner or venturing into the dark, teeth-chattering cold to grab a meal sounds about as enticing as hitting the gym at 5 a.m. At times like these, there's no phrase quite as magnificent as "We de ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    New Year's Eve dining

    Where will you ring in the New Year? ​Made your New Year's Eve plans yet, or are you procrastinating? If you caught yesterday's Week in Food post, you already heard about a couple of options: Tour de Farm hosts its final meal of 2010 in a heated, hundred-year-old barn at Star Thrower Farm in G ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    My parents are coming into town...where should we get dinner?

    ​My parents are coming into town this week, and possibly my cousin who lives out in Hudson. I'm trying to figure out a good place for us to go out to eat, but it needs to be something, price-wise and dish-wise, that would appeal to my small town Midwestern parents. Any suggestions? I'd prefer ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 27, 2010

    Tim McKee revamps Il Gatto's menu

    It's a restaurant intervention

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    September 20, 2010

    Target Field recipes from the Food Network

    courtesy of Food NetworkA game day extravaganza.​When you go to the ball game and sit in the stands, do you gaze longingly into the suites and imagine what it's like to have an endless food supply? Since most of us never get to sit there, we wanted to share these recipes that the Food Network rece ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Top 5 Excelsior eateries

    Mapping out the best places to eat in Excelsior​We love to cycle to quaint, lakeside Excelsior to take a dip in Minnetonka or to catch a flick at the movie theater. But we'd never made it back home without something to eat. Here are our top 5 spots to refuel.

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    July 30, 2010

    Cheesecake 101: Baker basics from cooking instructor Joan Donatelle

    zingyyellow via​Happy National Cheesecake Day! Sure, you can rush out to the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate in, um, style, or you could wait until next week to take a Cheesecake 101 class at Byerly's St. Louis Park with Joan Donatelle, Culinary Shop Manager. We talked with Donatelle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Cured beef and tinga de pollo

    I've been trying to eat out less and this week proved to be a success. This task is especially difficult when driving around in my car all day for my day job.  Occasionally I'm able to make it home for lunch and I decided to make it special.  Back in the day when I was an exchange student ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    March 10, 2010

    Piccolo's small plates enable chef to flex creative muscles

    Doug Flicker's new restaurant is pint-size, but not on taste

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    New dish on D'Amico Kitchen

    Guess which original Cucina chef is coming back to D'Amico Kitchen?

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    July 23, 2009

    Now Open: Sauce Spirits and Soundbar

    Lyn-Lake reboot: The former La Bodega reopens as a restaurant/nightclub.

  • Restaurants

    December 31, 2008

    The Twin Cites' best cheap eats and drinks of 2008

    Eating thrifty doesn't mean your tastebuds should suffer

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    December 24, 2008
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    November 5, 2008
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    November 7, 2007

    Mission (Mostly) Accomplished

    Acclaimed local chef Doug Flicker has finally rolled out his own menus at Mission American Kitchen

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    September 12, 2007

    Love's Labor

    The New Blackbird Café in Southwest Minneapolis Is as Personal as a Diary, as Likable as a Hand-Knit Sweater

  • Restaurants

    May 16, 2007

    List of Plenty

    Café 44, the new restaurant attached to the France 44 Liquor Store, has the biggest, cheapest wine selection in the history of the Upper Midwest

  • Restaurants

    April 12, 2006

    Take the Cannoli

    Are the best cannoli in the world available to Minnesotans, and even Bismarckers? Dear Dara finds out.

  • Restaurants

    December 10, 2003

    Exceptional Vintage

    A Stillwater wine bar reveals the real reason wine is good for you

  • Restaurants

    October 2, 2002

    Mousse Magnifique

    A great new French pâtisserie in a Richfield shopping center

  • Restaurants

    March 13, 2002

    Desire of Wings

    The humble chicken wing: nadir of an American cucina povera?

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