Acqua's Ragu alla Bolognese: 100 Favorite Dishes

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Acqua's Ragu alla Bolognese: 100 Favorite Dishes
Ariella Schreck

No. 39: Acqua's Ragu alla Bolognese
It's not *quite* warm enough to pack away the hats, scarves, and long underwear for the season, so you'll have to hold off on your visions of watermelon daiquiris, canoe trips, and suntanned legs. At least the still-chilly temps mean there's time to indulge in one of our favorite hearty treats, ragu alla Bolognese. Acqua, whose kitchen and front-of-the-house are run by Chris Whalen and Daron Close, formerly of the now-shuttered Uptown Campiello, serves an excellent version of the famed Italian sauce. It's slow-cooked for about four hours, and knocks out a triple play of umami-rich flavors between the meat, tomato, and Parmesan cheese. And even if the ragu alla Bolognese comes off the menu when the weather warms up, Acqua's pretty lakefront patio is still worth a trip.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi

No. 99: Eclair at Butter

No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica

No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe

No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya

No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep

No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen

No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French

No. 92: Kafé 421 Signature Dips

No. 91: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill

No. 90: May Day Cafe Croissant

No. 89: Dowjic at Babani's

No. 88: Osso Bucco at the Modern Cafe

No. 87: Chef Shack Hot Dog

No. 86: Adult Mac & Cheese at Good Day Cafe

No. 85: Ropa Vieja at Victor's

No. 84: French Toast of the Dead at Chino Latino

No. 83: Uni at Origami

No. 82: Bagel at Common Roots

No. 81: Jasmine Deli's bánh mì

No. 80: Pho 79's bò cuốn lá nho

No. 79: Sweets Bakeshop's Kettlecorn Cupcake

No. 78: D'Amico Kitchen's Chicory Salad

No. 77: Be'wiched Deli pastrami sandwich

No. 76: La Grassa's lima bean appetizer

No. 75: Bulldog NE Tater Tots

No. 74: Pop's Swedish Meatballs

No. 73: Hot Plate's Caramel Apple French Toast

No. 72: Grand Cafe's Ham and Cheese

No. 71: Galactic Pizza's Thailander

No. 70: Jackson's milk chocolate gelato
No. 69: Patrick's Bakery and Cafe's tiramisu

No. 68: Punch's Chopped Italian Salad

No. 67: Red Stag's Smelt Fries

No. 66: Mancini's Grilled Garlic Bread

No. 65: Uptown Bulldog's Chicago Dog

No. 64: Crema Cafe's Sorbet Spritzer

No. 63: Matt's Bar Jucy Lucy

No. 62: Baker's Wife Doughnut

No. 61: Bar Abilene Guacamole

No. 60: St. Paul Cheese Shop Cheesemonger

No. 59: Fasika Vegi Sampler

No. 58: Sen Yai Sen Lek Lettuce Wrap

No. 57: Saffron Mini Lamb BLT

No. 56: Dominguez Family Restaurant Green Salsa

No. 55: D'Amico Bottomless Glass of Wine

No. 54: Pizza Luce Spinach Salad

No. 53: Barbette's Mussels

No. 52: New Scenic Cafe's Triple Berry Pie

No. 51: Birchwood Cafe's Cobbler

No: 50: Tanpopo's Mackerel Teishoku

No. 49: Town Talk Diner's Frickles

No. 48: La Sirena Gorda Ceviche

No. 47: Spring Grove Soda

No. 46: Subo pork candy

No. 45: Cocoa & Fig Carrot Cake Cookie

No. 44: Kramarczuk's Holubets

No. 43: Midori's Udon Noodle Soup
No. 42: Key's Caramel Roll

No. 41: Blue Door's Jiffy Burger

No. 40: Om's Wild Salmon

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Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar

4453 Lake Ave. S.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110


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