Jan. 4 is National Spaghetti Day, so why not head out to a restaurant near you and order up a spaghetti dish that would get even Lady and the Tramp’s noodles all in a knot? These five Italian eateries are just the places around the Twin Cities to find delicious fresh pastas, seafood spaghetti, drunken pasta, sauces of all kinds, spaghetti and meatballs and more. In honor of National Spaghetti Day, it’s certainly the right thing to do.
Bar La Grassa
800 N. Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
www.barlagrassa.comBar La Grassa is home to a chef The James Beard Foundation named Best Chef in the Midwest. His name is Isaac Becker. He cooks up delicious Italian dishes every day of the week and spaghetti is no exception to his menu. La Grassa’s red wine spaghetti with pine nuts is the chef’s take on drunken pasta with its reddish purple noodles. There’s no mistaking this dish for ordinary spaghetti. The pine nuts add a nice earthy crunch to the meal. Bar La Grassa’s dinner size portion costs $10, while the snack size is $5.
360 Saint Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Pazzaluna in downtown St. Paul is an urban Italian restaurant that boasts numerous awards, an impressive wine list and an even more impressive Italian menu. Its spaghetti and meatballs dish, with its house-made meatballs, fresh spaghetti and zesty tomato sauce, might even be the best in St. Paul. The restaurant is a great spot for eating out late after catching a show, going out on a date or even for bringing the whole family in for a hearty Italian meal. The spaghetti and meatballs is priced at $17 for a bowl of stick-to-your-ribs-in-a-good-way fresh pasta.
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4001 County Road 25
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
www.vescios.comVescio’s Cucina has been serving up hand-cut, freshly made pasta dishes in Minnesota since 1956. Its specialty lies in the homemade pastas and sauces. Vescio’s spaghetti dish ($9.75), along with all of its other pastas, comes with a choice of sauces so you can truly make your spaghetti your own and satisfy any craving you might have. This spot offers traditional meat sauce, zesty meatless sauce, fresh marinara, garlic cream sauce, garlic butter or basil pesto to drizzle over your noodles. Stop in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for its half-price bottle of wine special and order up a plate of spaghetti to go with it.
The Loring Pasta Bar
327 14th Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
If it’s seafood spaghetti you’re after, The Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown is just the place to go to satisfy that craving. Its seafood spaghetti will please any seafood lover and is packed with scallops, shrimp and other shellfish all while being topped off with a warm saffron cream sauce. The atmosphere at The Loring Pasta Bar is perfect for a first date or a night out without the kids, as there is usually live music, the lights are low and the candles are lit. The seafood spaghetti dish will run for about $18.
Broders’ Pasta Bar
5000 Penn Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
www.broders.comSouth Minneapolis has been the home of Broders’ Pasta Bar, a family-run pasta bar and deli, for years. This spot is known for its rich, hearty Italian cuisine. Broders’ spaghetti con polpette calabresi is its own version of spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs are made in the traditional Calabrian way with pork and rich ingredients so they melt in your mouth along with handmade fresh spaghetti pasta. There are over 23 pasta items on the menu, but one must-have is definitely this spaghetti dish ($14).
Amber Ranzau lives on the edge of Uptown in Minneapolis and is a gal about town. She frequents the local restaurant scene, loves to support new and local businesses, follows the latest and greatest fashion and design trends, and she does all of this while working as an interior designer, spending time with her man, The Specialist, and taking care of her two goldfish Felix and Petunia and their tankmate Huey the Snail. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.