Sure we have great burgers and beer in abundance in Minnesota, but once in a while you might crave something different, and some hearty Italian is the perfect way to change up your food routine. There are so many amazing Italian restaurants in Minnesota, that this list might only scratch the surface. All these restaurants will give you an unforgettable meal, from upscale to takeout. So get ready to plan your next few weekend meals, and don’t worry about what to do after that, because there will be a separate list dedicated to MN’s best pizza on its way soon.
1. Cossetta Alimentari, St. Paul.
From the cafeteria style eatery, to the market, to the bakery, to Louis upstairs, you can easily get lost in a sea of deliciousness wandering through Cossetta's in St. Paul. It has everything you need to satisfy your craving for authentic Italian foods.
It's located at 211 7th Street West.
2. Broders' Pasta Bar, South Minneapolis.
A Twin Cities favorite, Broders' has the best pasta around, cooked to order of course!
It's located at 5000 Penn Ave S in South Minneapolis.
3. Va Bene Caffe, Duluth.
The Berarducci's cafe is on beautiful Lake Superior and serves delicious modern Italian meals at 734 E Superior St.
4. Terza & La Vetta, Rochester.
Serving up the best organic, homemade cuisine, Terza is already fantastic, but once you add the rooftop bar (La Vetta) you have a combination that you just can't help but fall in love with.
Find them at 30 3rd St SE in Rochester.
5. Acqua Restaurant, White Bear Lake.
This intimate Italian eatery with amazing patio views features a simple yet innovative menu that will keep you coming back time and time again.
It's located at 4453 Lake Ave S in St. Paul.
6. Tutto Bene, Bemidji.
Locally sourced and freshly made, the food at this Bemidji hotspot makes you wish you lived close enough to eat there everyday.
Find it at 300 Beltrami Ave NW.
7. I Nonni, Lilydale.
Authentic Roman style cuisine and amazing decor will transport you to Italy for an unforgettable night.
I Nonni is at 981 Sibley Memorial Hwy in Lilydale.
8. Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant, St. Paul.
This stylish Italian eatery in St. Paul serves up amazing Northern Italian cuisine at 360 S Peter St.
9. Amore Victoria, Minneapolis.
This top rated restaurant has a classic Italian feel and serves a straightforward, traditional menu that everyone will love.
Located at 1601 W Lake St. in Minneapolis.
10. Bellisio's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Duluth.
Over 500 wines combined with some good, hearty Italian favorites make this restaurant the perfect escape for the evening.
It's at 405 S Lake Ave in Duluth.
11. Victoria's Ristorante & Wine Bar, Rochester.
The best portions at the best prices and delicious to boot, it's always worth a visit to Victoria's at 7 1st Ave SW in Rochester.
12. Bacio, Minnetonka.
This breaktaking restaurant is a top rated, trend-setting Italian favorite at 1571 Plymouth Road in Minnetonka.
13. Prima Pasta, Minneapolis.
With amazing homemade food and a great wine selection, this Minneapolis trattoria is a must-visit. Located at 5325 Lyndale Ave S.
14. D'Amico & Sons, Various Locations.
With 8 locations (+ 2 Italian Kitchen's inside of Target in Maple Grove and Edina) their food is affordable, delicious, and easy to get your hands on.
15. Campiello, Eden Prairie.
Another noteworthy D’Amico Family restaurant that serves amazing Tuscan cuisine. It's at 6411 City West Parkway in Eden Prairie.
16. Yarusso Bros Italian Restaurant, St. Paul.
Old school, family owned, and affordable, no place will make you feel more at home.
Yarusso Bros is at 635 Payne Ave in St. Paul.
17. Bar La Grassa, Minneapolis.
This modern hotspot is a top rated, city favorite for its innovative menu and fantastic service.
It's at 800 N Washington Ave.
18. Andiamo Italian Ristorante, Eagan.
Andiamo burst onto the scene in 2011 with an amazing menu of fresh, flavorful Italian favorites.
Andiamo is at 1629 Lena Court #100 in Eagan.
19. Al Vento Restaurant, South Minneapolis.
Southern Italian food in South Minneapolis with fresh pasta and an ever-changing seasonal menu.
Find Al Vento at 5001 34th Ave S.
20. Rinata Restaurant, Minneapolis.
Fantastic housemade pastas & pizzas are just the start of the phenomenal experience at this Minneapolis favorite located at 2451 Hennepin Ave.
21. Ristorante Luci & Luci Ancora, St. Paul.
They're two different restaurants owned by the same family, and they both get it seriously right when it comes to amazing homemade and organic Italian food. Every. Time.
Head to "Luci Corner" of Randolph Ave and Cleveland Ave in St. Paul to experience both of these great places.
22. Gannucci's Italian Market, Duluth.
Another place where you can eat and shop, Gannucci's serves up classic Italian comfort foods. If it's good enough for Guy Fieri, it's good enough for us!
Gannucci's is located at 301 N Central Ave in Duluth.
23. Fat Lorenzo's - Minneapolis & Bloomington.
The legendary Fat Lorenzo's won't disappoint with amazing murals, pizza, pasta, hoagies and gelato.
They have locations at 5600 Cedar Ave. South in Minneapolis and 311 W. 84th Street in Bloomington.
So now that you’ve had your pasta fix, let’s move onto pizza. Share your favorite pizza places with us on the Only In Minnesota Facebook Page, and keep and eye out for that list, coming soon!