Minnesotans are no stranger to the Italian casserole-style dish that is lasagna. An easy-to-assemble entrée, the humble lasagna has graced many kitchen tables at suppertime. However, lasagna is time consuming and labor-intensive to make; fortunately many restaurants and delis serve the entrée, making lasagna a viable meal option in a pinch. Whether you’re looking for an authentic Italian experience or an affordable, yet delicious grab-and-go option, you’ll find some of the best lasagna in the Twin Cities at these restaurants and delis.
831 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
If you’re looking to impress a special someone, the intimate, upscale ambience of Zelo is sure to do the trick, as is its homemade lasagna. Don’t be deterred by the price, as each decadent bite is worth every penny. Upon ordering, you can expect a generously portioned and beautifully plated piece of lasagna made with ricotta, mozzarella, marinara, Reggiano and Molinari Sicilian sausage. The quality and spiciness of the sausage makes the lasagna truly memorable, but it can be made vegetarian upon request.
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5600 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Fat Lorenzo’s may be known for its hand-tossed pizza but its hearty lasagna is not to be overlooked. Lorenzo’s lasagna boasts a scrumptious combination of meats, cheeses and vegetables sandwiched between layers of pasta and a signature zesty red sauce, a guaranteed way to get the kids to eat their veggies. And as an added bonus, it is served with a side of garlic bread. Whether you’re in the mood to eat in, take it to go or have it delivered straight to your door, Lorenzo’s provides casual, no-frills Italian food at an affordable price.
Broders’ Cucina Italiana
2308 W 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Broders’ Cucina Italiana is great option if you want the deliciousness that Broders’ Pasta Bar offers but are on a budget. A deli-style cafeteria, Broders’ Cucina Italiana offers take-out and delivery on many spectacular pasta dishes, including two types of lasagna. The lasagna Siciliana boasts homemade egg pasta layered with cheeses, homemade Italian sausage and a savory tomato sauce, while the lasagna di spinaci incorporates onions, spinach and Broders’ own sugo betti sauce. If you’re flying solo, grab an individual serving of lasagna. Or, if you need to feed a crowd, order up a family style dinner for four meal deal, which features a half pan of lasagna, house or Caesar salad, loaf of focaccia and your choice of four desserts.
211 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
If you want lasagna, fast, Cossetta’s cafeteria-style eatery is your ideal destination. Cossetta’s lasagna al forno, made with homemade Italian sausage, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses layered between fresh pasta and baked in its signature family tomato sauce is rustic and comforting. Simply get in line and place your order to-go or grab a seat inside or out if you can’t wait to dig in. Or, if you want to treat yourself to an evening out, pay a visit to the recently opened Louis Ristorante and Bar inside Cossetta’s and order up a slice of lasagne della nonna. This tasty Parmesan, mozzarella and bolognese sauce layered lasagna pairs beautifully with a light, crisp white wine.
425 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
The secret to DeGidio’s lasagna is all in the sauce, which consists of a perfect blend of herbs and spices that, when layered with zesty Italian sausage, ricotta and Italian cheeses, creates a robust and flavorful dish. Soak up the cozy charm of DeGidio’s by eating in with friends and family or order your lasagna to-go. Create a harmonious balance with the tomato-y, herbaceous lasagna with a side of garlic cheese bread, bruschetta or DeGidio’s house salad for a well-rounded meal.
A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.