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Chef Isaac Becker, who runs the 112 Eatery with his wife Nancy St. Pierre, partnered with some of the restaurateurs behind Barrio, to launch this trendy, Warehouse District pasta bar. The space exudes the relaxed luxury of a wealthy person's family cabin and even though La Grassa means "the fat" in Italian, the eats aren't necessarily fancy or spendy. The menu looks like an Italian version of a Spanish tapas bar, including raw halibut antipasti, burrata bruschetta, and nearly two dozen fresh and dried pastas, the best of which is the pillowy gnocchi perked up with caramelized cauliflower and citrus. The pork ribs, marinated in garlic, rosemary, and chiles, are better than those at some places that call them their specialty: magically crusted on top, yet moist and fatty underneath. But don't eat too many or you won't have room for caramel crepes or lemon lavender mousse.
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I thought the food I had was good but not great. Given all the hype, I expected to be blown away. I dined with one other person and we ordered small plates and shared everything so we'd be able to try the most things. The bean/veggie appetizer was fun. The bread was ok, but the candy they gave us after dinner was quite tasty. The Beet and Avocado with citrus antipasti was good but not remarkable. Linguine and clams had a strong white wine sauce which I didn't care for but the dish was prepared well. The Gnocchi with Cauliflower and Orange was overly salted, but had a good taste otherwise and good texture. The pasta in the Silk Handkerchiefs with Basil Pesto was a little gummy and the pesto was not very flavorful. The Warm ricotta cake was pretty good; not something I would normally order, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Between Black Sheep's pizza, Fulton's growlers, and Haute Dish's tater tot hot dish, the Warehouse District has become the neighborhood of the moment for the upwardly mobile, condo-dwelling diner. But no matter how hip and bespectacled the faces are in Bar La Grassa's always-busy waiting area, the cuisine that this nationally recognized restaurant serves up is centered on something that's been a favorite of carb lovers for centuries: pasta. Whether he's working with dried or fresh, executive... More »
We have so many standbys and old favorites when it comes to Italian restaurants in the Twin Cities, those run by the Broders, the D'Amicos, the Marchiondas, and Jon Hunt among them. Most have become instant classics: The food is consistently good and makes for reliable family meals, date nights, and business dinners. But local Italian cuisine had struggled a bit to feel fresh until the recent arrival of La Grassa. Inside its spacious but jam-packed Warehouse District digs, the chic... More »
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