The North Loop lounge is more about drinking than dining
The new wine bar elevates small-plate concepts to new heights
It's a packed Week in Food, with a wine-tasting club, Festa Italiana on Harriet Island, and a lesson in Argentine cooking. Luckily it's all spread out over the week, so if you're dedicated, there's no reason not to hit up each and every one. 9/18 Just because you're young doesn't mean you can't b ... More >>
See Also:Top 10 pizzerias in the Twin CitiesFat Lorenzo's blood orange gelato: 100 Favorite Dishes, no. 13As part of its Great American Bites series, USA Today issued a list of 51 (one selection for each state, including D.C.) great pizza parlors. Thanks to a recommendation from James Norton, e ... More >>
Daniel Green is the James Bond of the cooking world. Complete with the dashing smile, British accent, and a touch of sophistication, he might as well be wearing a tux and sipping a martini. Like 007, he too is an International man of mystery. Raised on the outskirts of London, he works in the Twin ... More >>
We've been spending the last few days getting to know Dennis Leaf-Smith, chef de cuisine at 112 Eatery (click here to view part 1 and part 2 of the interview). As the restaurant hits the seven-year mark, he gives us an insider's look at 112: how things have changed over the years, preparation det ... More >>
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 big. It's boisterous. It's a little bit of Manhattan's Mulberry Street brought to the Midwest. Welcome to Nancy St. Pierre and Isaac Becker's Bar La Grassa. "Bar L ... More >>
Le Cordon BleuVeal shank with risotto is one entree option at Technique.Technique, the student-run restaurant serving three-course meals for only $10, recently moved to its new location out of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Mendota Heights. It is one of 14 Technique locations foun ... More >>
Acme Comedy CompanyWhat's so funny about this meal? Find out next week at Acme's 20th anniversary celebrationThere's nothing funny about badly prepared food, but luckily Acme Comedy Company and Sticks Restaurant have teamed up with award-winning chef Vincent Francoual of Vincent A Restaurant ... More >>
I Nonni's wine shop and restaurant offer elite Italian bottlings I Nonni Osteria in Lilydale is set to host its annual wine tasting, showcasing the very finest Italian wine available in our market, some of it only available at I Nonni. The tasting will take place Sunday, October 30, from 3 to 6 ... More >>
Debbie TallenRed Rossa is attached to the Best Western on the south side of MOARedRossa Italian Grille, the newest venture from WR Restaurants, which owns fifteen restaurants throughout the Midwest, is the company's first Minnesota location. RedRossa highlights affordable Italian & America ... More >>
Gelato worth navigating Edina's back alleys. A sweet new shop, Pandolfi, has opened at 50th and France in Edina, just east of Mozza Mia--but only accessible from the alley side, next to the parking garage. The shop offers dozens of candies and chocolates, and even has a cotton candy machine ... More >>
J.P. Samuelson joins the Crave team
Gelato is the reason Italians can strut around with their cravings happily sated and still button their skinny black pants: the creamy frozen treat is just as satisfying as ice cream, but has a fraction of the butterfat. After a few slices of pizza or after a jog around Lake Nokomis, the ho ... More >>
@touchof_flair asks: Looking for a place to celebrate an anniversary in Minneapolis, any thoughts? Maybe Italian?
"I scream, you scream, we all scream for...gelato!"The Twin Cities are definitely ice cream towns--wherever you go, you always seem to be within a cone's toss of a scoop shop. But gelato, the Italians' favorite frozen dairy treat, can be hard to come by locally, and somehow never tastes as lu ... More >>
Get a taste of Italy this weekend...The Broder family loves sourcing the best Italian ingredients--carnaroli rice, truffle products, olive oils, etc.--for its Italian restaurant and deli and wants to introduce you to some of its favorites at its Food Lover's Tour of Italy this Saturday, from ... More >>
Lisa GulyaCaprese salad at Bar La GrassaIf the end of tomato season has you waxing poetic before you concede to seasonality and switch to squash, this Food Fight is for you. We tested two upscale Caprese salads, at Parma 8200 in Bloomington and Bar La Grassa in Minneapolis, to find the best-t ... More >>
Santaniello recovers from the State Fair's pork chopsHusband and wife team Amelia Santaniello and Frank Vascellaro co-anchor the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts for WCCO--taking up prime dinnertime real estate for their family (the couple has three children). Working around their busy schedules--and w ... More >>
www.pinstripes.comPinstripes: Edina's answer to the Bryant-Lake Bowl.Pinstripes--a dining/entertainment concept out of Illinois--is bringing Italian fare, bowling, and bocce to Centennial Lakes in Edina. The company currently has locations in Northbrook and South Barrington, IL, which, in man ... More >>
I've been in and out of the Cities for around thirty years, with relatives in in Chicago and the Eastern Seaboard. Two things that I've been unable to locate are Sfogliatelle (clam) and Coda d'aragosta (lobster tail), the signature pastries of the Italian neighborhoods. Making them takes fiv ... More >>
What's more French than ratatouille?Bastille Day, the French national holiday, is tomorrow, and even though Americans have little reason to celebrate the French Revolution, we can always use another excuse for a holiday (see Cinco de Mayo). We may be thousands of miles from France, but it doe ... More >>
D'Amico and Partners plans to open its latest restaurant, Parma 8200, in the Normandale Lake Office Park (the 8200 building, across the street from Kincaids) in Bloomington on June 28th. We caught up with Richard D'Amico to learn more about what's in store at the classic Italian taverna.
Lisa GulyaSome spears are made for scarfing, but not this dainty appetizer from the Black Forest Inn: puff pastry- and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, deep-fried. To compare it to last week's deep-fried asparagus contenders, we took knife and fork to the appetizer, as funny as it felt to use silver ... More >>
Robbinsdale's best-known restaurant, Thistles, closed on New Year's Eve 2009. Very soon, the owners promise, an authentic Italian restaurant, Nonna Rosa's, will take its place at 4148 West Broadway. Nonna Rosa's is named after chef and co-owner Francesco Suglia's mother, Rosa, and he'll be ru ... More >>
Eagan's dining scene just took a big blow.
From Acai to DIY, is there anything they missed?
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But will it fly?
Restaurant is located at one of the city's coolest "new" crossroads
When you make your first caprese of the season, consider using buffalo mozzarella.
Chef Adam Vickerman creates simple-seeming creations with seasonal ingredients
The Butcher Block will feature, wait for it, 29 chicken wing flavors. Twenteee nigghn.
Broder's brunch on April 19 features acorn-fed Iowa-grown pork.
FireLake chef Paul Lynch will debut his cooking for the James Beard House in NYC today.
New Grand Italian Ice Café specializes in the frozen, non-dairy treats of the Italian American diaspora
New University area coffee shop serves 30 decadent cupcakes, and grownups, too
New downtown restaurant Nochee is a fine place for dancing, drinking, lunch, and warm cookies
Storing up extra sunshine for the winter ahead
Italy and South America meet in Golden Valley
No Wake Cafe