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Map & Directions 610 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
  • Italian
  • Sun, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm, Mon-Sat 11am-2pm, Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Recommended on Weekends, Accepted
  • Street


City Pages' Description

Risotto, helmed by Gabriele Lo Pinto, the chef who ran Edina's Arezzo for eight years, fills the classy-chic niche that post-construction Lyn-Lake has been looking for. The dining room is pretty in a spare, loft-like way, with its concrete floors, rust-and-gold walls, and urban views. The restaurant's signature dish is not-surprisingly risotto (though, surprisingly, it's not on the menu at lunch), cooked to order, a method which outshines par-cooked rice--Lo Pinto describes the difference as being "like buying a new car versus a used one." And after 20 years of cooking risotto in Italy, Asia, and Minnesota, he should know. The rice is a blank canvass for such pairings as house-made Sicilian sausage, saffron, and asparagus, or fresh peas and Fontina cheese. If you must stray from risotto, the entrees--past favorites include chicken breast sauteed with leeks and mushrooms, walleye and spinach in caper sauce--are preferable to the pastas.

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  • Curt C. on 11/03/10

    THE BEST risottos on the city, hands down.

  • Michael T. on 05/07/11

    Lamb chops...just hit the menu. Little fatty but overall delish.

  • Tony R. on 02/14/12

    Pork chop is wonderful! Get it medium though!

  • Renee W. on 12/16/11

    Great food, terrible service!

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