Osteria I Nonni

Italian Restaurant
981 Sibley Memorial Highway, Saint Paul, MN 55118 981 Sibley Memorial Highway, Saint Paul Directions
+16519051081
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Report | 6 months ago
Nice place. Great food. Would definitely return.
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Love this restaurant! Incredible food. Should definitely make a reservation.
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Report | 7 months ago
Ask for the tasting menu! Everyone at the table has to do it but it is a great deal!
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Exceptional food, service, ambiance A go-to favorite
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Report | 9 months ago
Every course was prepared beautifully And our server had wonderful recommendations
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Report | 9 months ago
The grouper is the best I've ever had, all of the menu is excellent!
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Report | 9 months ago
Yum! Loved it
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Report | 9 months ago
Fabulous food and great atmosphere, especially outdoor patio! Feels like you're in Italy
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Very good food, nice atmospherenice place for a special occasion
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Delicious and innovative , as always!
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From Our Editors

The opening of I Nonni in 2001 was so significant that Heavy Table marked it as an important moment in its "Timeline of Italian Food in Minnesota". According to the site, the restaurant wound up "reshaping how Minnesota thought about Italian food" by taking the focus off starchy pasta dishes and focusing on meats and seafood. Groundbreaking as it's been, I Nonni is still plenty traditional: its name translates to grandparents, and moniker meant to honor the recipes and the old-world style of the owners' ancestors. Here's how you can benefit from their heritage.

The Food

I Nonni's menu changes with the seasons, rotating through old-world classics depending on what's available. But here, "old world" reaches past dime-a-dozen dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs and chicken parmiagiana. Instead, you'll find tagliatelle infused with lemon, or squid ink pasta tossed with chilies and gulf shrimp. One traditional dish that's favored by the press when it's available is the osso bucco. Per City Pages: "The tenderness of the braised meat, the rich, buttery marrow you scooped from the bone with a tiny spoon. It's one of those meals that makes it difficult to order anything else on the menu."

The Ambience

Critic RIck Nelson told the Star Tribune that I Nonni "kind of screams 'romance' to me." And he's not the only one. Though the slate floors and minimalist architecture are modern, vaulted ceilings recall old Italy and low lights urge diners to gaze into their companion's eyes. The Tuscan-style patio overlooks a small waterfall, and private dinners can be held in the stone-lined wine cellar.

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