Over 15 years of serving the Macalester/Groveland neighborhood homemade Italian cuisine in a cozy, romantic bistro dining room. Traditional dishes like Primavera Alfredo, Seafood Cannelloni, Spaghetti & Meatballs. To five different Chicken dishes, Veal, Smoked Salmon pasta, stuffed Italian Steaks.
Ristorante Luci creates Italian fare with a classica flair and serves it within a warm, intimate atmosphere. Like the color of a slovenly roommate's sweatpants, the menu changes with the seasons, as the ristorante works with as many Minnesota-based farmers as possible to stock its larder with fresh, flavorful ingredients. Prepare for piquant pasta with a curtain-raiser such as the sautéed green beans ($10), partnered with an organic chopped egg and a dabbling of truffle oil. The fusilli alla Luci ($11) mingles its corkscrew pasta with grilled chicken, broccoli, and a garnish of red-pepper flakes. For something meatier, try the dish that's synonymous with Italy—slow-braised New Zealand lamb shank ($16)—which melts in mouths before unleashing stores of tomato and rosemary flavor. Schemes to get one's Iowan cousin crowned King of Malaysia are best concocted over a capper of homemade desserts, coffees, and cappuccinos.
Cuisine Type: Home-cooked Italian food
Established: Before 1950
Reservations: Not necessary
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Spaghetti/meatballs, known for our sauce
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Well, we are celebrating 80 years this year. [The] third generation is running [the restaurant] now. Freddy, who is one of the owners, his house as a child is where our parking lot is now. Our additional dining room that we had added a few years back is where his front yard was. He literally grew up here. We have always been able to maintain it as a family business, and consider ourselves very lucky to have the chance to keep the dream alive of a poor Italian man that worked his butt off.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our meatballs [and] sauce are made with the exact same recipes that our grandfather used when first opening up in 1933. We have also added some new items through the years, while still maintaining that Yarusso taste.
Since 1933, Degidio's has been known for the hotspot for authentic Italian cuisine served with attention to detail. All connoisseurs of real Mediterranean food will be pleasantly surprised by the infamous ‘pizza fries’ everyone is buzzing about apart from the striking variety of antipasti, exquisite salads and scrumptious specials with a bold and spicy sauce you’ll remember for a long time. Everything comes beautifully arranged in an old-school style setting that contributes to the overall experience. It’s not too often the ambiance is as warm and inviting as the food itself, but Degidio’s doesn’t fail to impress in that aspect as well. This is nothing like the frozen pre-packaged stuff they’ve been passing for years as ‘Italian’ – it’s the real deal!
Caffe Biaggio is the place to visit for authentic Italian food that makes for a warm and enjoyable dining experience. The outdoor seating during the summer months is as close to the rustic Mediterranean scenery you can come to in Minnesota. The food is top-notch, old-school Italian with all in-house ingredients and pasta made from scratch for that succulent taste. There are even enticing specials prepared based on what the chef determined to be best on the local market that day. Talk about healthy, balanced eating! The intimate setting in combination with the attentive service makes this venue ideal for special occasions as well as romantic encounters. The easiest way to score extra points on date night.
La Grolla puts a fresh spin on traditional Italian cuisine. No need to miss out on La Grolla just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. Sit outside when the weather is fine — La Grolla has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day. If space is what you're looking for, La Grolla has plenty of room for larger parties.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at La Grolla — attire is casual. Through their catering service, La Grolla can also set out a delicious spread for your next party. You can also grab your grub to go.
Those driving to La Grolla can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.