At Sweet Taste of Italy, the secret’s not just in the sauce—although the restaurant has a specialty homemade red sauce—because everything is made from scratch each day. The chefs whip butter, grind cheese, bake fresh, sweet italian bread, and hand slice meats to create Italian favorites with an American twist. Customers can dine in or take out heaping helpings of pasta and Toyota-sized pizzas, and catering services are also available.
Family owned since 1961, Broadway Pizza and its accompanying sports bar, the Eagle's Nest Lounge, serve fresh slices and their cool-brew counterparts in an atmosphere perfect for a family meal or a night out. Called the Best Pizza in Town by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Broadway's dough discs are topped with fresh ingredients that create such cheesy masterpieces as the Broadway Special ($11.99 for personal size) smattered with sausage, veggies, and shrimp. Scoffing at pizza's flat pool of lazily floating toppings, the house-baked lasagna ($10.79) reaches to the sky, buttressed by crisp garlic toast, and the veggie hoagie ($9.99) provides a textural playground for vegivores.
Papa's menu unleashes a veritable flood of Italian-American delights, drenching customers in pizza, pasta, hoagies, burgers, soup, salads, desserts, and sides. Indulge in a preconceived pie such as the Ann Kaari, topped with chicken, bacon, spinach, and garlic butter ($15.99/medium), or bring your own Frankenpizza to life by selecting from Papa's extensive list of fresh toppings ($9.99+/small). For lighter but fulfilling fare, opt for a large chef salad topped with ham, turkey, and provolone cheese ($7.99). At the end of your meal, treat your palate to a proper cleansing with a rich, creamy scoop of italian gelato ($3.59), or sugar scrub your gums with a cannoli siciliano ($3.99).
From its humble origins as a soda fountain in 1930s Saint Paul, Green Mill Restaurant and Bar has grown into a franchise with more than 28 locations all over Minnesota and the Midwest. As TV screens blast sports news in the background, patrons at each eatery dine on a menu of classic American and pizzeria fare. Thick, hand-pressed burgers form bunned towers with hefty toppings such as smoked bacon, haystack onions, and chipotle mayo. Families looking to bond can practice fractions on regular, deep-dish, or thin and crispy pizzas or group juggling acts with samplers of 27 juicy wings. In addition to pastas and salads, each location's bar carries a varied drink menu that includes draft beers such as Blue Moon and Samuel Adams alongside wine, martinis, and margaritas.