There’s nothing like the comfort of a filling pasta dish made from scratch with fresh ingredients. Luckily for handmade pasta enthusiasts, the options abound in the Twin Cities area. Recently, the Best Places For Spaghetti In Minnesota were highlighted, but we are going to take it even further and showcase buzz-worthy handmade pasta hotspots. So belly up to the pasta bar and carbo-load at these top Twin Cities restaurants for noodles, gnocchi and more.
5057 France Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55410
Arezzo Ristorante, in the popular 50th and France area of Edina, serves up handmade fare that is authentic to Italy. Pasta lovers can feast upon fresh items like tagliatelle tossed with chicken, tomatoes and pine nuts in a white wine sauce and topped with goat cheese. Or try the hearty gnocchi which is offered up four different ways. This upscale-casual restaurant offers its handmade pasta dishes for both lunch and dinner but check the website for the varying hours and days the restaurant is open.
Broders’ Pasta Bar
5000 Penn Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
The egg pasta at Broders’ Pasta Bar is made fresh daily and served with great pride. Carb lovers will adore the selection here. Among the long list of choices are fettuccine with wild boar, figs, chard, mascarpone and pine nuts, or a delicious crab ravioli. It may take you a while to decide on your order, but no matter what you choose, you will leave with a satisfyingly plump belly and smile.
5001 34th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Al Vento’s smaller menu sticks to the simple perfection of a few great homemade pasta dishes. The classic comfort of Al Vento’s special ‘mother sauce’ satisfyingly accompanies spaghetti and meatballs. A changing menu of other tempting pastas includes ravioli with squash, ricotta, brown butter and sage. Stop by on a Tuesday for the ‘date night’ special of four courses for $20 per person.
1601 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Scratch cooking and house-made Italian classics from Amore Victoria are a must-do for fresh pasta fanatics. Try the tortellacci alla panna which features beef- and veal-stuffed pasta in a cream sauce with mushrooms, prosciutto and parmesan. Other interesting plates include the gnocchi with gorgonzola and pistachios. Amore Victoria’s bevy of organic and local ingredients are served up in a quaint and cozy atmosphere to be adored.
Bar La Grassa
800 N. Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
The creative pasta dishes that fill the menu of Bar La Grassa will make you lick your lips with anticipation. Try the fresh-made pasta selections like the gnocchi with cauliflower and orange or the smoked spaghetti alla chitarra with brown butter and lobster. Filled pastas such as crab ravioli and foie gras tortellini also grace the menu. These delectable creations make it evident why Bar La Grassa is consistently praised as a standout among Twin Cities restaurants.
Cortney Mohnk is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota. She is also a public relations and event planning professional. Her most important job is mother to her young daughter, who is her partner-in-crime when checking out the family entertainment scene in the Twin Cities. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.