If you're a fellow Italian cuisine fan - head over heels in amore with everything from risotto to cannoli - downtown St. Paul is your new foody heaven. We have so many Italian restaurants that it’s truly a challenge to find the best. So, we’ll let you choose. Check out any of these eateries the next time you crave something more than pizza and pasta.
Cossetta Alimentari/Louis Ristorante and Bar
Just want a quick slice? Grab it at Cossetta’s. Visit the bakery and grocery store while you’re there. If you want something more substantial, however, head upstairs to Louis Ristorante and Bar. The Primi menu is a pasta-lover’s delight, the Secondi section is where you’ll find the cioppino, veal saltimbocca and chicken parmigiana. If you’re a fan of polenta, order the chicken Marsala – you’ll be soaking up that sauce with the polenta until the plate is clean.
Louis offers rooftop deck dining when weather permits. Find Cossetta’s at 211 7th Street West (at Chestnut) in St. Paul. Louis is located upstairs. Call them for hours at 651-222-3476 or visit them online here.
Family-style Italian restaurants are the best and DeGidio’s doesn’t disappoint. With specials throughout the week and large portions, it’s a St. Paul favorite. You can even order online and your food will be piping hot and ready for pickup when you get there. Race home and mangia mangia!
Recommendations? Anything that includes DeGidio’s amazing spicy Italian sausage, such as the Classic Mostaccioli, the Old Fashioned Hot Dago or Bucatini Bolognese.
DeGidio’s is located in St. Paul’s West Seventh neighborhood at 425 7th St W. Check them out online, here.
Looking for an intimate setting for a date with someone special? Stop searching and head to La Grolla, in the Cathedral Hill area of Summit-U. Get a table on the patio, order a bottle of chianti and get ready for a hearty Italian dinner. Try the puttanesca or cartoccio.
La Grolla is located at 542 Selby Ave. in St. Paul. Check out the menu online.
If you’re as big a fan of spaghetti carbonara as I am, don’t waste your time going anywhere else but Ristorante Luci, in St. Paul’s Mac-Groveland neighborhood. Not only will you find carbonara like Mama used to make, but the atmosphere is cozy and intimate and the service is impeccable. Oh – the mozzarella is handmade by Al and Lucilee.
Find Ristorante Luci at 470 Cleveland Ave. S in St. Paul. Although they accept walk-ins, this is a small restaurant so it’s best to make reservations. Call them at 651-699-8258.