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Mario and Nina Pelagalli use recipes passed down from family members from Rome and Naples as the blueprints for Casa Nostra Pizzeria & Ristorante's Italian cuisine. As the owners revealed to Sun Thisweek, Nina's mother creates the restaurant's sauces from scratch to ensure they carry on the family tradition of culinary excellence. Her concoctions blanket the 25 pastas on Casa Nostra's dinner menu, which also includes pizzas, paninis, and veal and chicken entrees. Having recently taken over a neighboring bar, the Pelagallis' restaurant now accommodates even more guests with roomier dining quarters and an expanded liquor stock. Evening entertainment includes Frank Sinatra tributes that pay homage to the crooner's singing ability and talent for intermittently firing blue lasers from his eyes.

20198 Heritage Dr
Lakeville,
MN
US

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.

17733 Kenwood Trl
Lakeville,
MN
US

On any given night, the crowd at McKracken’s might be gobbling up appetizers and pizza from the late-night menu, available until 1 a.m., and hanging out until the bar’s lights go dim an hour later. As regulars often stay late playing pool or watching sports on the room’s many flat-screen TVs, the pub’s proprietors team up with Last Call Car Service on Friday and Saturday nights to bring customers and their vehicles home safely for free within 10 miles of the pub.

On afternoons and evenings, bartenders pour top-shelf spirits, cocktails, and draft and bottled beers that complement McKracken’s regular menu of pub classics. Smoked pig wings come from the kitchen tossed in sauces such as habanero or mahogany, the tasty alternative to licking a coffee table, and six burgers offer protein options from veggie to pork shoulder. As groups chat during McKracken’s weekend breakfast or into the night, the remodeled space keeps them entertained with flat-screen TVs, pool tables, darts, and live music every Friday and Saturday night.

3120 Highway 13 W
Burnsville,
MN
US

Homestyle food, good service, happy hour, can accompany large groups, cocktails, pull tabs, pool, dj music, Texas hold em

3125 Dodd Rd
Saint Paul,
MN
US

Twin Cities VIP helps to create memorable nights on the town by staging visits to some of the city's exclusive clubs. Groups may either walk to and from locations, or snag a ride and a drink in one of the fully stocked luxury limousines while a host or hostess tags along to keep spirits high. Not only do club-crawl fees include all applicable cover charges, but they also allow parties to officially jump over any lines without riding the coattails of pogo-sticking celebrities. From there, partygoers are free to lose themselves in the music and flowing cocktails until it's time to depart and head to the next club on the list.

3432 Denmark Ave.
Eagan,
Minnesota
US

The culinary craftspeople at Dugarel’s Bar and Grill please palates of all persuasions with a mouthwatering menu of flavorful burgers and bar fare and a cornucopian drink list. The Rustler burger excites incisors with a half-pound buttress of ground beef garnished with lettuce and tomato ($7.49), while its rebellious sibling, the Smokehouse burger ($8.99) dons a bacon and barbecue sauce ensemble, and challenges hunger to no-holds-barred games of thumb wrestling. Adobe turkey sandwiches satiate stomachs with grilled turkey, spicy Cajun mayo, pepper jack cheese, and equally peppery relish ($8.49). Gallivanting in a flock of nine ($6.99) or a clique of 18 ($11.49), chicken wings fly through a choice of 10 sauces, from laidback honey garlic to taste-bud-tantalizing inferno, and can be washed down by a selection from the bar’s list of more than 25 frothy brews.

3475 Vermillion Street
Hastings,
MN
US