I Nonni

★★★☆☆
  • 981 Sibley Memorial Hwy

    St Paul, MN 55118

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  • 651-905-1081

About I Nonni

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Mon-Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat 5pm-10pm

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Love the atmosphere. The food was just ok for me. We started with the squash blossoms and they were good. The meal itself was good, too. I was not impressed with dessert.

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★★★★★

Love the atmosphere. The food was just ok for me. We started with the squash blossoms and they were good. The meal itself was good, too. I was not impressed with dessert.

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This is an upscale restaurant. If you are looking for traditional dishes or want to wear your jeans, head to Cosetta's downtown St. Paul instead.

My husband and I wanted a romantic night out, but only have so much time to drop the mogwai off at grandmas, so we decided to stay closeby. We were pleasantly suprised to find a "downtown" style restaurant in the suburbs! The ambiance and clientele were very upscale. The food was wonderful. We started with calamari seasoned witrh sea salt, I had squash ravioli and my husband had a dish with chorizo and shrimp. We finished with a delicious carrot cake and a not-very-good take on brulee.

It is pricey, $100 with drinks, but no more than you would spend eating at a nice restaurant in Minneapolis.

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★★★★★

This is an upscale restaurant. If you are looking for traditional dishes or want to wear your jeans, head to Cosetta's downtown St. Paul instead.

My husband and I wanted a romantic night out, but only have so much time to drop the mogwai off at grandmas, so we decided to stay closeby. We were pleasantly suprised to find a "downtown" style restaurant in the suburbs! The ambiance and clientele were very upscale. The food was wonderful. We started with calamari seasoned witrh sea salt, I had squash ravioli and my husband had a dish with chorizo and shrimp. We finished with a delicious carrot cake and a not-very-good take on brulee.

It is pricey, $100 with drinks, but no more than you would spend eating at a nice restaurant in Minneapolis.

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The menu and wine selection is quite good. The food is fresh and has a lot of flavor. The waiter we had was the most uptight individual I have ever encountered. He was very knowledgable but really needs to work on his personality.

3
★★★☆☆

The menu and wine selection is quite good. The food is fresh and has a lot of flavor. The waiter we had was the most uptight individual I have ever encountered. He was very knowledgable but really needs to work on his personality.

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I Nonni (or Osteria I Nonni) is a beautiful restaurant that would be great for a romantic or special occasion. The service is attentive and there's a great Italian deli in the same building if you want to pick up some gelato or other yummies. There are many appetizers and small plates for $7-12 each; full meals are pricier. You can check out their full menu at inonnirestaurant.com. I wish they had some good vegetarian options - almost all of their main dishes include meat, which is a big issue for our family. But if you like meat and seafood, there's plenty to choose from.

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★★★★☆

I Nonni (or Osteria I Nonni) is a beautiful restaurant that would be great for a romantic or special occasion. The service is attentive and there's a great Italian deli in the same building if you want to pick up some gelato or other yummies. There are many appetizers and small plates for $7-12 each; full meals are pricier. You can check out their full menu at inonnirestaurant.com. I wish they had some good vegetarian options - almost all of their main dishes include meat, which is a big issue for our family. But if you like meat and seafood, there's plenty to choose from.

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Based on some of the reviews, I was reluctant to come but had a gift certificate so brought the whole family - babies to 90 year old parents. Everyone found something they loved. Had a wonderful dinner and a great evening. Calamari are outstanding, wines were perfect (especially the brunello). Italian secundi were wonderful. Beef, pork chops and seafood were perfectly cooked and presented. We ordered all the desserts and loved them all. The Chocolate Budin cake was outstanding. A marvelous evening and a restaurant we will return to with frequency.

2
★★★★★

Based on some of the reviews, I was reluctant to come but had a gift certificate so brought the whole family - babies to 90 year old parents. Everyone found something they loved. Had a wonderful dinner and a great evening. Calamari are outstanding, wines were perfect (especially the brunello). Italian secundi were wonderful. Beef, pork chops and seafood were perfectly cooked and presented. We ordered all the desserts and loved them all. The Chocolate Budin cake was outstanding. A marvelous evening and a restaurant we will return to with frequency.

Pros: great wines, nice variety of food - all excellently prepared

Cons: not so much for kids

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Great ambiance, great food, superb wine list. We ate here with my parents in July 2009 who are first generation italian-americans and who live in Ft. Lauderdale. The 4 of us have traveled greatly in Europe and my husband and I travel to Italy frequently. Trust us, the food is great as is the attached stores. Unbelievable cheese!
The service could improve some as it was slow toward then end and a little irritating...

2
★★★★☆

Great ambiance, great food, superb wine list. We ate here with my parents in July 2009 who are first generation italian-americans and who live in Ft. Lauderdale. The 4 of us have traveled greatly in Europe and my husband and I travel to Italy frequently. Trust us, the food is great as is the attached stores. Unbelievable cheese!
The service could improve some as it was slow toward then end and a little irritating...

Pros: Authentic or close to being in Italy

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..........What a joke!!!!

My husband and I dined at Osteria I Nonni few nights ago craving a good Italian meal and a romantic night together. After our experience there, I am dumbfounded how they are still in business.
This place ranks in my top 3 of HORRIBLE dining experiences. I have been to hundreds of dining places, so that is really bad. The food was horrible. The portions were extremely small. It was not worth the money at all. This has to be on the list of worst places ever
I prefer to pass over the appetizers, our first mistake and focus my review on the pastas.
I ordered house-made gnocchi with fresh tomato, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil. Very simple dish.
I get my food. The gnocchi (an insult to the real GNOCCHI) were sitting in... tomato water.YUMM, I mean, IT??S BAD.
Really bad!!!! I was really hungry and couldn't down this shit...it tasted legitimately bad, and I love gnocchi, and I love mozzarella, and I love tomatoes.
Next..... My husband has been itching for Carbonara, his favorite Italian dish. Needless to say, they brought him a plate of spaghetti with Alfredo sauce and guanciale. Considering cream is NOT EVEN AN INGREDIENT in Carbonara, I'm still confused where the Alfredo sauce came into play. To go back to the definition of Carbonara, "The original recipe from the Italian region of Lazio uses eggs, parmigiano reggiano, pecorino romano, guanciale, black pepper and extra virgin olive oil. Cream is not an ingredient in this recipe. it was terrible! I think we ate three bites and let the rest go. Fish was overcooked and rubbery. All portions were extremely small.
We just wanted to get out of there by the end. out out out...BUT we couldn't because we first had to pay 120 dollars...SERIOUSLY THE MOST OVERPRICED BAD FOOD I"VE EVER EATEN.
I wouldn't even give one star if i didnt have to in order to write this review.

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★☆☆☆☆

..........What a joke!!!!

My husband and I dined at Osteria I Nonni few nights ago craving a good Italian meal and a romantic night together. After our experience there, I am dumbfounded how they are still in business.
This place ranks in my top 3 of HORRIBLE dining experiences. I have been to hundreds of dining places, so that is really bad. The food was horrible. The portions were extremely small. It was not worth the money at all. This has to be on the list of worst places ever
I prefer to pass over the appetizers, our first mistake and focus my review on the pastas.
I ordered house-made gnocchi with fresh tomato, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil. Very simple dish.
I get my food. The gnocchi (an insult to the real GNOCCHI) were sitting in... tomato water.YUMM, I mean, IT??S BAD.
Really bad!!!! I was really hungry and couldn't down this shit...it tasted legitimately bad, and I love gnocchi, and I love mozzarella, and I love tomatoes.
Next..... My husband has been itching for Carbonara, his favorite Italian dish. Needless to say, they brought him a plate of spaghetti with Alfredo sauce and guanciale. Considering cream is NOT EVEN AN INGREDIENT in Carbonara, I'm still confused where the Alfredo sauce came into play. To go back to the definition of Carbonara, "The original recipe from the Italian region of Lazio uses eggs, parmigiano reggiano, pecorino romano, guanciale, black pepper and extra virgin olive oil. Cream is not an ingredient in this recipe. it was terrible! I think we ate three bites and let the rest go. Fish was overcooked and rubbery. All portions were extremely small.
We just wanted to get out of there by the end. out out out...BUT we couldn't because we first had to pay 120 dollars...SERIOUSLY THE MOST OVERPRICED BAD FOOD I"VE EVER EATEN.
I wouldn't even give one star if i didnt have to in order to write this review.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Bad food + small portions+overpriced = dishonest

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Osteria I Nonni is to ITALIAN CUISINE as Philip Morris is to health care......... they are both IMPOSTORS!!!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Osteria I Nonni is to ITALIAN CUISINE as Philip Morris is to health care......... they are both IMPOSTORS!!!!!!!!!!

Cons: Over priced- Disgusting food-Ridiculous portions

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Balancing the flavor of truffle and fennel in the same dish, is an art

2
★★★★☆

Balancing the flavor of truffle and fennel in the same dish, is an art

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My fiance and I chose this restaurant for its romantic reviews. We arrived for 6pm reservations and were coldly greeted by two young hostesses, one of which directly looked me up and down. We were seated and as I scanned the room I noticed that we were significantly younger then the other patrons. Our waitress ranked unbelievably poor in her service. She was very easily distracted and would look away as she explained menu items, so much so that my fiance had to ask her to please explain a menu item twice. The food was good, but not spectacular by any stretch of the imagination. This restaurant was a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT and would never recommend it. I do highly recommend The Sanctuary, Chambers Kitchen and D'Amico Cucina for a romantic restaurant with fantastic service and food.

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★☆☆☆☆

My fiance and I chose this restaurant for its romantic reviews. We arrived for 6pm reservations and were coldly greeted by two young hostesses, one of which directly looked me up and down. We were seated and as I scanned the room I noticed that we were significantly younger then the other patrons. Our waitress ranked unbelievably poor in her service. She was very easily distracted and would look away as she explained menu items, so much so that my fiance had to ask her to please explain a menu item twice. The food was good, but not spectacular by any stretch of the imagination. This restaurant was a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT and would never recommend it. I do highly recommend The Sanctuary, Chambers Kitchen and D'Amico Cucina for a romantic restaurant with fantastic service and food.

Pros: Romantic seating for two

Cons: Service, food, stuffy old clientel

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I firmly believe this is the best restaurant in the Twin Cities. I've eaten there 4-5 times now and the food has always been absolutely perfect along with the service. Highly recommended

2
★★★★★

I firmly believe this is the best restaurant in the Twin Cities. I've eaten there 4-5 times now and the food has always been absolutely perfect along with the service. Highly recommended

Pros: Fantastic food, great service, nice setting

Cons: Wine list is somewhat overwhelming

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On a cool night a fireplace is great except when it's surrounded by 2 doors leading in and out of the kitchen-way too distracting and noisy for conversation. Although the waiter was knowledable, he was unattentive once the place got busy. In addition he was seemingly only recommending every high priced food or drink. Don't get the ahi tuna if you're hungry or plan on splitting it as it's a very small portion (4 pieces) for $30; the calamari was rubbery and old tasting, that too was a small portion barely enough for 4 to split. Drinks are expensive and martinis didn't fill up the small martini glass.
Too much cheaper and better entrees from competitors to go back for awhile.

1
★★☆☆☆

On a cool night a fireplace is great except when it's surrounded by 2 doors leading in and out of the kitchen-way too distracting and noisy for conversation. Although the waiter was knowledable, he was unattentive once the place got busy. In addition he was seemingly only recommending every high priced food or drink. Don't get the ahi tuna if you're hungry or plan on splitting it as it's a very small portion (4 pieces) for $30; the calamari was rubbery and old tasting, that too was a small portion barely enough for 4 to split. Drinks are expensive and martinis didn't fill up the small martini glass.
Too much cheaper and better entrees from competitors to go back for awhile.

Pros: Experienced server, easy parking, decent atmosphere away from the kitchen traffic areas

Cons: high priced food and drinks, stay with deli

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For all the reviewers complaining about the prices...since moving to Minneapolis, I have never experienced so many people and companies that are SO cheap in my life. When you want fresh food, prepared well, in season, and local, with good service, you pay for it. When you are in a real city like Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, or Los Angeles, you pay for good food and service, and this place is cheap compared to restaurants in those cities, so go back to Applebee's and stop complaining, you cheap asses!

2
★★★★☆

For all the reviewers complaining about the prices...since moving to Minneapolis, I have never experienced so many people and companies that are SO cheap in my life. When you want fresh food, prepared well, in season, and local, with good service, you pay for it. When you are in a real city like Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, or Los Angeles, you pay for good food and service, and this place is cheap compared to restaurants in those cities, so go back to Applebee's and stop complaining, you cheap asses!

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Everything we had was average or below average. The main reason I'm giving I Nonni a below average rating is because of the cost. I've had better italian meals at a number of places, for a fraction of the cost. As for the food, the calamari was ordinary and quite tough. My pasta was good, but my wife's risotto was under-seasoned and over-cooked. I've never had a bad risotto, until tonight. And the shrimp was actually fishy. Unreal. Dessert was okay. Overall, very disappointing.

1
★★☆☆☆

Everything we had was average or below average. The main reason I'm giving I Nonni a below average rating is because of the cost. I've had better italian meals at a number of places, for a fraction of the cost. As for the food, the calamari was ordinary and quite tough. My pasta was good, but my wife's risotto was under-seasoned and over-cooked. I've never had a bad risotto, until tonight. And the shrimp was actually fishy. Unreal. Dessert was okay. Overall, very disappointing.

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I have been here a few times over the last two years. The Calamari is to die for, and overall their dishes are excellent. The wait staff is average, but the atmosphere is excellent. This place is pricy, but I would defiantly recommend it for anyone looking for some authentic Italian cooking. I have traveled to Italy, and I would say that this food is very authentic.

2
★★★★☆

I have been here a few times over the last two years. The Calamari is to die for, and overall their dishes are excellent. The wait staff is average, but the atmosphere is excellent. This place is pricy, but I would defiantly recommend it for anyone looking for some authentic Italian cooking. I have traveled to Italy, and I would say that this food is very authentic.

Pros: Food, Ambience

Cons: Waitstaff

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My wife and I have been eating Osteria I Nonni since they opened. We have held private parties and attend parties and in all of the meals never had anything less than good and just about everything being excellent. For those who complain of poor service I view it as non-rushed service. If you want things to speed up just ask. The wine list is exceptional as is the pricing model compared with most places. Traditional high end Italian but do not expect it to be cheap but quality never comes cheap.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I have been eating Osteria I Nonni since they opened. We have held private parties and attend parties and in all of the meals never had anything less than good and just about everything being excellent. For those who complain of poor service I view it as non-rushed service. If you want things to speed up just ask. The wine list is exceptional as is the pricing model compared with most places. Traditional high end Italian but do not expect it to be cheap but quality never comes cheap.

Pros: Everything is classic Italian

Cons: Hard to get in some weekends

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With three business associates, I dined at this restaurant last night and I will never return. Despite the impressive wine list and excellent (and apologetic) service, four course meal seemed to stretch over months, with each course taking longer than the one before. After our pastas were cleared, it took 44 minutes for our entrees to arrive--I timed it! And from the looks of it, other tables were experiencing the same exasperation. As the host, I was embarassed that I had recommended this restaurant, and my guests alternated between anger and mockery. The assistant manager sheepishly apologized without any explanation and comped $25 dollars, but still... I had been once previously and had good food/service, but never again.

1
★★☆☆☆

With three business associates, I dined at this restaurant last night and I will never return. Despite the impressive wine list and excellent (and apologetic) service, four course meal seemed to stretch over months, with each course taking longer than the one before. After our pastas were cleared, it took 44 minutes for our entrees to arrive--I timed it! And from the looks of it, other tables were experiencing the same exasperation. As the host, I was embarassed that I had recommended this restaurant, and my guests alternated between anger and mockery. The assistant manager sheepishly apologized without any explanation and comped $25 dollars, but still... I had been once previously and had good food/service, but never again.

Pros: good wine, server

Cons: food took FOREVER!!!!

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Went there just before New Years '07 with five other couples. We knew we were in trouble when our $12 glass of mediocre red wine was half finished. The service was very slow. The pre-meal bread was outstanding, ... but they never came back to refill the bread bowl despite noticing that it was emptied out very quickly. The appetizers (calamari and also an assorted meat tray) were very mediocre, and again overpriced. The meal was the most disappointing aspect. My wife and I ordered scallops. We received 3 half-dollar sized scallops, and smallish helping of mashed potatoes. That was the entire meal. Two glasses of wine for each of us, a pathetically small meal, and some mediocre appetizers, and they force-fed the tip into our bill. $148 for the two of us.

I've honestly had better service, better wine, and infinitely better food at Macaroni Grill, including dessert. We just went there a week ago with our two kids and all of us had wonderful, very filling, heaping portions for a total bill of $40-ish. It was ten times better than I Nonni at a small fraction of the cost.

Avoid this joke of a restaurant at all cost. There are many superior alternatives (such as Biaggi's in Eden Prairie).

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there just before New Years '07 with five other couples. We knew we were in trouble when our $12 glass of mediocre red wine was half finished. The service was very slow. The pre-meal bread was outstanding, ... but they never came back to refill the bread bowl despite noticing that it was emptied out very quickly. The appetizers (calamari and also an assorted meat tray) were very mediocre, and again overpriced. The meal was the most disappointing aspect. My wife and I ordered scallops. We received 3 half-dollar sized scallops, and smallish helping of mashed potatoes. That was the entire meal. Two glasses of wine for each of us, a pathetically small meal, and some mediocre appetizers, and they force-fed the tip into our bill. $148 for the two of us.

I've honestly had better service, better wine, and infinitely better food at Macaroni Grill, including dessert. We just went there a week ago with our two kids and all of us had wonderful, very filling, heaping portions for a total bill of $40-ish. It was ten times better than I Nonni at a small fraction of the cost.

Avoid this joke of a restaurant at all cost. There are many superior alternatives (such as Biaggi's in Eden Prairie).

Pros: Very nice ambience, beautiful interior.

Cons: Horribly overpriced, tiny portions, slow service, mediocre food at best.

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Summary: the food was...fair. The wine was...OK. the atmosphere was good but not great.

We were a group of 5 couples and had bigger expectations of the place. It was disappointing qualitatively speaking. Several of the diners later commented that they could pull off some of these dishes at home much better than what they had in the restaurant.

The tab was quite a bit more than any of us had paid for much better food. None of the diners live check-to-check, and have dining experiences all around the TC metro. Money is not an issue, unless you're asked to pay for sub-par fare. That was the case here.

Maybe the wine selection is better than most restaurants, but the meal itself is something you could find better at Cossetta's. That's not an exaggeration.

The wait staff was mildly attendant, but once the main course was done, they vanished. We had to grab someone's attention for coffee and dessert. Getting a refill on the coffee was humorous to the point we asked to have the coffee left at the table (a la Perkins).

Go here for the wine and drinks, and maybe the dessert, but after you've had a better meal someplace else.

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★★☆☆☆

Summary: the food was...fair. The wine was...OK. the atmosphere was good but not great.

We were a group of 5 couples and had bigger expectations of the place. It was disappointing qualitatively speaking. Several of the diners later commented that they could pull off some of these dishes at home much better than what they had in the restaurant.

The tab was quite a bit more than any of us had paid for much better food. None of the diners live check-to-check, and have dining experiences all around the TC metro. Money is not an issue, unless you're asked to pay for sub-par fare. That was the case here.

Maybe the wine selection is better than most restaurants, but the meal itself is something you could find better at Cossetta's. That's not an exaggeration.

The wait staff was mildly attendant, but once the main course was done, they vanished. We had to grab someone's attention for coffee and dessert. Getting a refill on the coffee was humorous to the point we asked to have the coffee left at the table (a la Perkins).

Go here for the wine and drinks, and maybe the dessert, but after you've had a better meal someplace else.

Pros: Good list of wines, helpful sommelier, decent dessert

Cons: Average to sub-average food, at best

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What do you get when you combine the perfect Italian dining experience with two tickets to the Minnesota Orchestra? An unforgettable night. At least that's how my fiancee and I feel after a great evening of food and entertainment. As for I Nonni, I had to move up our reservations a half hour at the last minute: No problem! The ambience was just right, and the service impeccable. If you go with a specal someone, be sure to request a booth (which is more like a love seat). I had mouth-watering, fall-off-the-bone Osso Buco, and my fiancee had the chef's special (a beautifully done swordfish). Might I add that out server paired a perfect Brunello with my Osso? We finished dinner with Strawberries Balsamico with a mascarpone whipped cream, and my lovely date had the dark chocolate gelati. Will we go back? Definitely. Bravo, I Nonni!

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★★★★★

What do you get when you combine the perfect Italian dining experience with two tickets to the Minnesota Orchestra? An unforgettable night. At least that's how my fiancee and I feel after a great evening of food and entertainment. As for I Nonni, I had to move up our reservations a half hour at the last minute: No problem! The ambience was just right, and the service impeccable. If you go with a specal someone, be sure to request a booth (which is more like a love seat). I had mouth-watering, fall-off-the-bone Osso Buco, and my fiancee had the chef's special (a beautifully done swordfish). Might I add that out server paired a perfect Brunello with my Osso? We finished dinner with Strawberries Balsamico with a mascarpone whipped cream, and my lovely date had the dark chocolate gelati. Will we go back? Definitely. Bravo, I Nonni!

Pros: Ambience, Accessibility, Service

Cons: A little pricy...but worth it

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I have been to Nonni on two separate occaisions - once about a year ago - when we finally walked out after waiting over 40 minutes to order - the waitstaff was non-existent! This time we went for a midweek dinner, we were told it would be 25 minute wait for the patio (they inside appeared reserved for a wine tasting) and we could wait in the bar. We waited almost 40 minutes for our table, had excellent service from the bartender however - who was friendly and very attentive, we had the I Nonni appetizer - good but not worth the money. We finally were sat for dinner where we ordered two small pastas' to share and it took a long time to get them - the crab ravioli was awful, very fishy taste and the artichokes did nothing to compliment the dish - they did take it off our bill. The risotto was ok - but certainly not what you'd expect from "one of the best italian restaurants from here to New York - it had mild flavor and was not very exciting. We ordered the New York Strip for our entree (which arrive about 1 hour after we ordered it) - we finally had to ask if it was coming out - they need to time their courses much better. The steak was mediocre, I've had better at some chain restaurants, the sides did not even look appetizing. We finally had to flag our waitress down to get our bill as we had been there way to long already and did not want to bother being disappointed with dessert. Needless to say we will not be going back, nor would I recommend this place to anyone. Your chances are better at the local Olive Garden - and that is not saying much!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to Nonni on two separate occaisions - once about a year ago - when we finally walked out after waiting over 40 minutes to order - the waitstaff was non-existent! This time we went for a midweek dinner, we were told it would be 25 minute wait for the patio (they inside appeared reserved for a wine tasting) and we could wait in the bar. We waited almost 40 minutes for our table, had excellent service from the bartender however - who was friendly and very attentive, we had the I Nonni appetizer - good but not worth the money. We finally were sat for dinner where we ordered two small pastas' to share and it took a long time to get them - the crab ravioli was awful, very fishy taste and the artichokes did nothing to compliment the dish - they did take it off our bill. The risotto was ok - but certainly not what you'd expect from "one of the best italian restaurants from here to New York - it had mild flavor and was not very exciting. We ordered the New York Strip for our entree (which arrive about 1 hour after we ordered it) - we finally had to ask if it was coming out - they need to time their courses much better. The steak was mediocre, I've had better at some chain restaurants, the sides did not even look appetizing. We finally had to flag our waitress down to get our bill as we had been there way to long already and did not want to bother being disappointed with dessert. Needless to say we will not be going back, nor would I recommend this place to anyone. Your chances are better at the local Olive Garden - and that is not saying much!

Pros: None

Cons: lousy food, lousy service, high prices

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I realized last night that I am spoiled to have Osteri Innoni in my backyard. Since Boun Giornos move to Mendota Heights I have been lucky enough to continue to partake in the fine eats at the market, and also to indulge in superb Italian vino, and exceptional cuisine at Innoni. Last night I dined with a friend, we started the evening by sitting at Innonis beautiful bar enjoying a glass of red (chosen with the help of our knowledgeable bartender). Frank Marchionda stopped by to say hello, and shake hands he is always so welcoming to the guests. Our dinning experience moved us into the dining room where we indulged in a four-course meal. The service was exceptional. We left our evening pleasantly full and very happy exactly the way you should leave an Italian restaurant. The Marchionda family creates a dining experience !

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★★★★★

I realized last night that I am spoiled to have Osteri Innoni in my backyard. Since Boun Giornos move to Mendota Heights I have been lucky enough to continue to partake in the fine eats at the market, and also to indulge in superb Italian vino, and exceptional cuisine at Innoni. Last night I dined with a friend, we started the evening by sitting at Innonis beautiful bar enjoying a glass of red (chosen with the help of our knowledgeable bartender). Frank Marchionda stopped by to say hello, and shake hands he is always so welcoming to the guests. Our dinning experience moved us into the dining room where we indulged in a four-course meal. The service was exceptional. We left our evening pleasantly full and very happy exactly the way you should leave an Italian restaurant. The Marchionda family creates a dining experience !

Pros: Service, Cuisine, Parking

Cons: Not open before 5:00

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This is the second time we have dined at OIN and both times have been wonderful. The first time we were celebrating our anniversary and we were pleasantly surprised to find on their wine list, the same Amarone that we had enjoyed when we were in Italy a few weeks before. The second time was just as fantastic. My husband brought a colleague from Europe and we all ordered the featured four course fixed menu with the accompanying wine selections. The food/service/wine were unsurpassed. It was also a great deal; $45 for the dinner and $20 for the wine. The wine that was paired with each course matched perfectly with the food. My husbands collegue, being a wine connoisseur, was very impressed and had a great evening.

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★★★★★

This is the second time we have dined at OIN and both times have been wonderful. The first time we were celebrating our anniversary and we were pleasantly surprised to find on their wine list, the same Amarone that we had enjoyed when we were in Italy a few weeks before. The second time was just as fantastic. My husband brought a colleague from Europe and we all ordered the featured four course fixed menu with the accompanying wine selections. The food/service/wine were unsurpassed. It was also a great deal; $45 for the dinner and $20 for the wine. The wine that was paired with each course matched perfectly with the food. My husbands collegue, being a wine connoisseur, was very impressed and had a great evening.

Pros: Food, Wine Selections, Ambiance

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I brought a business partner to OIN on a less than busy Monday night and was somewhat disappointed. I heard much of OIN's reputation and looked forward to showing off the area's culinary expertise to an out-of-towner. The atmosphere was very nice - excellent for privacy and conversation. The food was very good - a nice sauteed skate wing special as well as beef cheek and sweetbread ravioli. The much-hyped calamari appetizer was good, but nothing special. The service will probably keep me from coming back anytime soon. Non-attentive waitress, overly-eager busboys. ONI's decor and food deserve much better!

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★★★★☆

I brought a business partner to OIN on a less than busy Monday night and was somewhat disappointed. I heard much of OIN's reputation and looked forward to showing off the area's culinary expertise to an out-of-towner. The atmosphere was very nice - excellent for privacy and conversation. The food was very good - a nice sauteed skate wing special as well as beef cheek and sweetbread ravioli. The much-hyped calamari appetizer was good, but nothing special. The service will probably keep me from coming back anytime soon. Non-attentive waitress, overly-eager busboys. ONI's decor and food deserve much better!

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I lived in Italy for nine years and this is one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the Twin Cities. However, it is expensive and I would only go for special occasions, business meetings, or even an appetizer accompanied by one of the wines on their vast wine list. This is also a great date place if you want to impress that someone special. The Executive Chef is from Rome and he knows how to run a kitchen and make good food. The food is simple yet made with quality fresh ingredients. I have eaten here several times and have been pleased with the food and wine each time. If you are looking for quick American service, this is not the place for you. As all Italians know, the dinner table is a place to converse and slowly enjoy your food. Enjoy a taste of Italy. Buon Appetito!

2
★★★★★

I lived in Italy for nine years and this is one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the Twin Cities. However, it is expensive and I would only go for special occasions, business meetings, or even an appetizer accompanied by one of the wines on their vast wine list. This is also a great date place if you want to impress that someone special. The Executive Chef is from Rome and he knows how to run a kitchen and make good food. The food is simple yet made with quality fresh ingredients. I have eaten here several times and have been pleased with the food and wine each time. If you are looking for quick American service, this is not the place for you. As all Italians know, the dinner table is a place to converse and slowly enjoy your food. Enjoy a taste of Italy. Buon Appetito!

Pros: Great wine list, Authentic, Good Parking

Cons: , Need reservations, Closes early

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I tried the calamari fritti, it was the worst stuff I have ever had. It was very under cooked in my opinion, the batter was mushy the calamari was so chewy that I gave up less than 1/2 way through the dish. It was also very bland, no sauce only lemon. When asked if it could be cooked more, I was told that the chef would not cook it longer, that he was from Italy and that's how they prepare it over there. Well I guess that there are no special orders here.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I tried the calamari fritti, it was the worst stuff I have ever had. It was very under cooked in my opinion, the batter was mushy the calamari was so chewy that I gave up less than 1/2 way through the dish. It was also very bland, no sauce only lemon. When asked if it could be cooked more, I was told that the chef would not cook it longer, that he was from Italy and that's how they prepare it over there. Well I guess that there are no special orders here.

Pros: nice ambience

Cons: no special orders, poor service

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We arrived and were promptly seated at our two person table. The waitstaff was extremely attentive through the whole meal and our water glass was always filled. The calamari appetizer is a must and is served very simply. The squash risotto was another highlight of the meal and I would go back just for that. The atmosphere was upscale and intimate. I would not hesitate to go back and will return for many visits there and also to the attached Italian market.

2
★★★★★

We arrived and were promptly seated at our two person table. The waitstaff was extremely attentive through the whole meal and our water glass was always filled. The calamari appetizer is a must and is served very simply. The squash risotto was another highlight of the meal and I would go back just for that. The atmosphere was upscale and intimate. I would not hesitate to go back and will return for many visits there and also to the attached Italian market.

Pros: waitstaff, good parking, true Italian fare

Cons: expensive, limited seating

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Visited in early Dec. Appetizers--Carpaccio (to earlier reviewer--it's supposed to be raw) and Portabellos in balsalmic--were wonderful and huge. Appetizers:8
We ordered fish in parchment and carbonara. Carbonara was mild, a bit too much creme, with only the barest hint of ham/bacon. The fish came as a block in tomato sauce. It was in parchment, yes, but nestled in aluminum foil. Yep. Reynolds Wrap. No garnishments. Fish was just OK. Entrees: 5 Wine--a great Chianti, wine list:9 Dessert--a dry, bland chocolate cake:3 Service was basically friendly, but long spells with empty glasses and no waiters in sight. Strange vibe from wait staff--mixture of aloofness and timidity. The attatched deli and Italian store are nice. Ambience is good--soft lighting, barrel-vaulted ceilings, creamy walls--but loud. Would go there again for the wine and appetizers--but I'd be less tolerant of timid food and slow service. They are new--maybe with time...

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★★★☆☆

Visited in early Dec. Appetizers--Carpaccio (to earlier reviewer--it's supposed to be raw) and Portabellos in balsalmic--were wonderful and huge. Appetizers:8
We ordered fish in parchment and carbonara. Carbonara was mild, a bit too much creme, with only the barest hint of ham/bacon. The fish came as a block in tomato sauce. It was in parchment, yes, but nestled in aluminum foil. Yep. Reynolds Wrap. No garnishments. Fish was just OK. Entrees: 5 Wine--a great Chianti, wine list:9 Dessert--a dry, bland chocolate cake:3 Service was basically friendly, but long spells with empty glasses and no waiters in sight. Strange vibe from wait staff--mixture of aloofness and timidity. The attatched deli and Italian store are nice. Ambience is good--soft lighting, barrel-vaulted ceilings, creamy walls--but loud. Would go there again for the wine and appetizers--but I'd be less tolerant of timid food and slow service. They are new--maybe with time...

Pros: Wine List, Appetizers, Ambience

Cons: Service, Dessert, Service

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I Noni offers all the things essential to the best Italian Restuarants in ITALY. The best ingredients, simply and thoughtfully prepared, like many of the great restaurants I have been to in Italy. The Chef is from Rome. He's fantastic! The mussels were plump and flavorful, the pasta perfect and not heavy and gloppy like in many Italian restaurants in America .BRAVO!

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★★★★★

I Noni offers all the things essential to the best Italian Restuarants in ITALY. The best ingredients, simply and thoughtfully prepared, like many of the great restaurants I have been to in Italy. The Chef is from Rome. He's fantastic! The mussels were plump and flavorful, the pasta perfect and not heavy and gloppy like in many Italian restaurants in America .BRAVO!

Pros: interesting menu, great wine prices, great wine selection

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Great food with good service in a very comfortable setting. Our first time after being a long time customer at Buon Girono. We will be back with friends. The first two reviews had to be anomolys because the service was exellent.

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★★★★★

Great food with good service in a very comfortable setting. Our first time after being a long time customer at Buon Girono. We will be back with friends. The first two reviews had to be anomolys because the service was exellent.

Pros: Good Food, Excellent Service, Pleasant setting.

Cons: A little noisy

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Our first and last experience with this restaurant! Our Server was nice, but had little knowledge of the menu items. Food was very slow. Three of the entres were poor & one just Okay. To top off the evening, we were asked to leave as we were finishing our after dinner coffee. They told us they had another reservation for our table & we must leave.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Our first and last experience with this restaurant! Our Server was nice, but had little knowledge of the menu items. Food was very slow. Three of the entres were poor & one just Okay. To top off the evening, we were asked to leave as we were finishing our after dinner coffee. They told us they had another reservation for our table & we must leave.

Pros: Polite Server, Ambience, Convenient location

Cons: Slow, Poor Food, Poor Management

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Perhaps we ate at a different restaurant than the other reviewer. The whole experience was so bad, where to start. First it took 20 minutes to get recognized by our waiter. No bread for 1/2 hour and then with no butter or olive oil to go with it. When the entre's arrived they were warm at best and came individually about 3-5 minutes apart. Is this the kitchen or waiters fault.
And to add to the experience a pretentious waiter who thought he was doing a great favor bringing more water.

1
★★☆☆☆

Perhaps we ate at a different restaurant than the other reviewer. The whole experience was so bad, where to start. First it took 20 minutes to get recognized by our waiter. No bread for 1/2 hour and then with no butter or olive oil to go with it. When the entre's arrived they were warm at best and came individually about 3-5 minutes apart. Is this the kitchen or waiters fault.
And to add to the experience a pretentious waiter who thought he was doing a great favor bringing more water.

Pros: ambience, location

Cons: service, just warm food

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Finally, the search has ended for my husband and me. We have been very disappointed in the quality of restaurants in the Twin Cities until we discovered this place. This is for people with discriminating tastes...Olive Garden types, beware. The service was highly professional, the food was fantastic, lovely atmosphere and the wine selection was the best in town. The owner, Frank, is visible and friendly. Thank you.

2
★★★★★

Finally, the search has ended for my husband and me. We have been very disappointed in the quality of restaurants in the Twin Cities until we discovered this place. This is for people with discriminating tastes...Olive Garden types, beware. The service was highly professional, the food was fantastic, lovely atmosphere and the wine selection was the best in town. The owner, Frank, is visible and friendly. Thank you.

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We decided to check this place out three days after it opened. We had a wonderful server who was very knowledgable and friendly. We started out with the specialty risotto and a small meat platter. Our four entrees were Veal Piccata, Chicken in a Saffron and Wild Mushroom Sauce, Steak with proscuitto wrapped fingerlings, and Salmon in Champagne Sauce,which were all fabulous. Our desserts were a fresh coconut and pineapple gelato with fresh fruit and a chocolate mouse cake that was to die for!

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★★★★★

We decided to check this place out three days after it opened. We had a wonderful server who was very knowledgable and friendly. We started out with the specialty risotto and a small meat platter. Our four entrees were Veal Piccata, Chicken in a Saffron and Wild Mushroom Sauce, Steak with proscuitto wrapped fingerlings, and Salmon in Champagne Sauce,which were all fabulous. Our desserts were a fresh coconut and pineapple gelato with fresh fruit and a chocolate mouse cake that was to die for!

Pros: Beautiful Atmosphere, Great Parking, Friendly Staff

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Stylishly swank, this Lilydale restaurant was built for Frank Marchionda's family who owned St. Paul's Buon Giorno Italian market. The buttery gold walls, ruby-splashed sconces and huge chandeliers are pulled together…

 

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