Scientists speculate that eating meat helped humans evolve larger brains, leading to such inventions as the wheel, chocolate-chip pancakes, and sausage on a stick. Satisfy both your gray matter and your taste buds with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $60 worth of Italian cuisine, fine wine, chicken wings, and more at The Butcher Block in Northeast Minneapolis.
The Butcher Block's menu features toothsome appetizers such as the award-winning grilled octopus ($13) with lemon and olive oil and the carpaccio ($11), a raw beef tenderloin with arugula, parmesan, lemon, and olive oil. Butcher Filippo Caffari’s skill with meat and Italian preparation comes through strongly on the lamb scottadito ($20), chops served with cannellini beans and pancetta. Graze on a collection of juicy chicken wings available in 14 signature flavors ($11), including caramelized-onion balsamico, Thai peanut, coriander cumin lime, and volcano (on Friday and Saturday, wings are served only after 9 p.m.). Should your meat teeth be in the shop, The Butcher Block also whips up some seafood and veggie dishes, including gnocchi caprese (potato gnocchi, mozzarella, and tomato, $15) and capellini pasta with asparagus, smoked salmon, and a lemon-cream sauce ($16).
The Butcher Block takes its name from chef Filippo Caffari, a master butcher in Rome for nearly two decades before digging a hole straight through the earth and ending up in Minneapolis. Because The Butcher Block emphasizes organic, grass-fed, and sustainable sources, each succulent bite delivers the optimal, guilt-free nutrients that fuel curling champs and manic mail carriers.
TwinCities.com lists The Butcher Block's grilled octopus as one of the best dishes of 2009:
- Good company, good wine and a plate of grilled octopus with mixed greens — that's my idea of a perfect light supper at the Butcher Block, chef Filippo Caffari's oh-so-Italian trattoria in Northeast Minneapolis. The octopus has an elusive smoky char on the outside yet is amazingly tender inside. – Kathie Jenkins
- As the name promises, the menu is mainly meat. They serve a lovely beef Carpaccio that’s as rosy as berries and pleasantly rich and glossy. An entrée of braised-beef short ribs cacciatore was nothing short of exquisite, the meat tender as jelly, the flavors as intense and finely honed as I’ve ever experienced. – Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Minnesota Monthly
- ...pastas are toothy and richly flavored, salads are generous, a burger with a fried egg is monstrous, and the wings are pleasing and a great value. – Stephanie March, Mpls.St.Paul
The Butcher Block Restaurant
For nearly two decades, Chef Filippo Caffari mastered the skills of butchery in Rome. Since relocating to Minneapolis, the executive chef of The Butcher Block Restaurant draws upon that training to prepare a range of organic, grass-fed, and sustainable meats. On his authentic Italian menu, mashed potatoes and mushrooms accompany lamb scottadito, and house-ground pork sausage flavors a rigatoni in a truffle cream sauce.
Even without meat, Chef Filippo brings out Italy's flavors with items like butternut squash ravioli in a brown butter and sage sauce. He concludes meals with desserts such as tiramisu infused with housemade limoncello and zucchini cake. To complement these delicacies, guests can peruse a wine list that features bottles from around the world.
308 E Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414Get Directions