Osteria I Nonni

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981 Sibley Memorial Highway, Saint Paul, MN 55118 981 Sibley Memorial Highway, Saint Paul Directions
+16519051081
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Report | 14 hours ago
Don't sit outside after dark, mosquitoes are killer. I must have had at least 15 nasty bites just before getting our check/tab. Citronella candles are not what I want to smell when eating food and the mosquitoes just went to my legs and under seat.
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Report | 18 hours ago
Outside seating was very nice. Inside can get very noisy.
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Report | a day ago
Elegant atmosphere. Seasoned, delightfull waitress. Great food selections. Memorable dining venue. We will again dine here.
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Report | 3 days ago
Check to see if you can bring a bottle of wine and pay a corkage fee. Or buy house wines by the glass. They didn't have my favorite Oxtail dish, which is why I bought the coupon in the first place. It is only a fall and winter dish that they have only on special occasionally in the spring and summer.
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Report | 3 days ago
It was a beautiful place, food was good.
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Report | 4 days ago
Need to better understand the English/ Italian version of the food menu. Always ask for the price of the specials.
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Report | 5 days ago
Loved the whole experience.
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Report | 6 days ago
food is super, and beautifully served!
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Report | 7 days ago
If the weather is nice, sit outside on the Patio - very Venice like
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Report | 8 days ago
Great food and wonderful service! Scallops are to die for, and calamari is best ANYWHERE!
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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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