Minneapolis, MN 55410
- Sun, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm, Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm
- All Major Credit Cards
- Patio/Sidewalk Dining
- Recommended on Weekends, Accepted
City Pages' Description
Think of Harvey McLain's Tosca as the Italian version of his Café Levain (he also owns the Turtle Bread empire): both hit the sweet spot between upscale and casual, restaurants that feel special enough to celebrate a birthday, but not too extravagant for a weeknight supper. Tosca's kitchen offers fresh, simple, seasonal fare. A Flavors of Spring Plate, for example, might contrast an ultra-smooth chicken-liver paté with the crisp, fresh sting of a French breakfast radish; the tart crunch of pickled ramps and fennel; the piercing sweetness of roasted grapes; and a complex rhubarb-ramp compote. The short list of entrees--pork loin with cannelloni beans, rib eye with Yukon potatoes and local mushrooms--and fresh pastas--gnocchi, and risotto--are uniformly excellent. Linden Hills' quintessential restaurant has finally arrived.
Tips from foursquare
Good news -- Orecchiette with lemon mascarpone, bucatini with pancetta, and pappardelle with lamb sugo and Swiss chard are all available by the half and full ordering for sampling or sharing!
Start with the beet carpaccio ($9), order a full serving of the tagliatelle with chicken confit ($15), add a side of Brussels sprouts ($9), and finish with the amaretto chocolate custard ($8).
Try the squash ravioli- it's amazing!
The food is always amazing here - wonderfully fresh and in season.
Incredible homemade pasta.
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