Lilydale >Food & Dining > I Nonni
981 Sibley Memorial Hwy, St Paul, MN | Directions 5511844.899591 -93.138729
Neighborhoods: West St. Paul - Mendota Heights - Eagan
Ok food – 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.
Classy ambiance and original flavors...in the suburbs! – 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.
Excellent Dining Experience – 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.
BEST ITALIAN IN MN!!!!!!!!!!! – 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...
I can't believe they claim to be an Italian restaurant..... – ..........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.
Forget about Osteria I Nonni – Osteria I Nonni is to ITALIAN CUISINE as Philip Morris is to health care......... they are both IMPOSTORS!!!!!!!!!!
Balance balance balance – Balancing the flavor of truffle and fennel in the same dish, is an art
Horrible service over salted food – 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.
Best restaurant the the Twin Cities – 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
Overpriced and Average – 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.
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