St. Paul >Food & Dining > Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar
360 St Peter St, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510244.945062 -93.095426
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Core
Great pasta and desserts! – Though this place is expensive it is worth it! I come here as much as I can! The Gnocchi is fantastic! The atmosphere is very beautiful and romantic. You can either dress up or wear regular day clothes. Love it here!
Great Birthday Dinner – Just went to Pazzaluna for the first time, and I will definitely be coming back again! I was celebrating my birthday with five friends. We had reservations at 7:15 and were seated promptly upon walking in the door. Our table was in the back dining room, next to the window. The waitress was very attentive, congratulated me on my birthday, and then took our beverage orders. The menu looked delicious. It had several risottos, gnocchi, pizzas, pasta entrees, and meat entrees. I ordered the gnocchi (having eaten it in Italy last year my expectations were rather high) with pomodoro sauce. The bread basket with olive tapenade was excellent. Our entrees arrived in less than 30 minutes and were delicious. My gnocchi was fabulous. The consistency was spot on. A fellow dining companion ordered a pizza with barbeque style chicken that was also phenomenal. For dessert, we ordered tiramisu (mine was on the house for my birthday). It was slightly dry, but flavored well.
Overall, it was a superior dining experience. As someone who always drives to Mpls for dinner, I was certainly be stopping back in St. Paul to visit Pazzaluna again. Also, we did the valet parking ($8) as it was -45 wind chill. The valet took less than 3 minutes to retrieve our car!!!!! Phenomenal service on such a cold night!!!
Never Valet Unless You Want Something Stolen – I valeted my car with Pazzaluna last night before I had dinner there with some friends. After dinner we seen the Rocky Horror Show. The valet service said it was no problem to have our car in valet while we went to the show. When I came back from the play I gave the valet service my ticket for my car. It was about a 30 minutes wait to get my car. When they pulled my car up they were driving it to fast and slammed on the breaks. I got in my car and the radio was on KDWB instead of my CD which I was listening to. I thought that was very strange. I then switched my stereo back to CD wich to find out my STEREO DECK said DISK 2 EMPTY. I then knew right then and there that my new CD was stolen. I imediatley got out fo my car and asked the Valet that I wanted my cd back. They told me that they did not take anything and that I needed to check in my cd case. I told them that I do not own a cd case cause my stereo holds 6 CDs which I have full at all times. I even pulled out all of my cd to show them that I was missing one. I told them I even still had the reciept to prove I had boughten the cd. They did nothing. They took my number and name down, but they would not give me there names or a number to contact them. I called Pazzaluna and spoke to a manager and they said they will take care of the problem. I am now waiting to here back from PAZZALUNA. If they would like to keep a good name I would suggest that they hire a more reputable valet company.
Great Potential – This place has a lot of potential. Great spot, beautiful building, Excellent Food & Beverage menu's. Here is what I experienced though: Host was either really stressed or really rude or both. Waited 20 minutes beyond our reservation time to be seated......which really wasn't that big of a deal. However, we waited 15 minutes before the server acknowleged us and then had to flag her down all night. Above average plate presentation. Excellent flavor. Excessive wait for food..........30 minutes for App and 1 hour between app and entree'. Excellent port and grappa selection. Only took 10 minutes to get dessert and it was fabulous. Busy and LOUD restaurant. Not good for conversation. Overall, poor customer service, long wait, poor service and above average to excellent food. There are way too many restaurants out there for us to go to. I was dissapointed but will return and give it another try........but they do need improvements.
Definitely the best! – Pazzaluna is definitely has the best Italian food in St. Paul. Friday was my 2nd trip to the restaurant, and I was definitely not disappointed. The service was great and fast, especially considering the fairly large crowd of people who also seem to realize how extraordinary the food is. I ordered the Capallini alla Caprese, which was absolutely wonderful. My wife had the Saltimbocca di Pollo, and had the same to say about her dish. For dessert we Tiramisu, which is definitely the best I've had since I was growing up in New York with my Sicilian grandmother. I definitely recommend Pazzluna! Amazing food, great service!
I couldn't have had it better if I were in mamma's kitchen back in Italy! – Dear Friends,
This is a top notch upscale Italian restaurant. The Staff is impeccable. The restaurant is glamorous. The mangement are on top of each detail. I observe the suits on the floor, meeting, greeting and seating. One of the nicest things about the setting you feel comfortable and are treated like royalty wether you are dressed for the theater, a game or concert.
If you think you have done it all, tasted it all, or it's just another piece of pasta, then you haven't dined at Pazzaluna in St. Paul. The Chef they have is not only highly skilled, he is just plain gifted. We observe him in front of the line inspecting each plate before it goes out to the dining room (Chef Ramsey style, without the rude comments of course) well, we know this guy really cares. I have never been dissappointed, never. I have tried a different menu item each time I visit and each time I have been amazed. The menu is diverse, traditional to trendy, but the flavors will tantalize your palate and always leave you wanting more.
Risotto! – A group of 14 of us dined here on a Tuesday evening (12 June). Since my wife and I were at one end of a long table, I have no idea what the judgment may have been of the other end. For us, though, the entrees were excellent (gnocchi ai quattro formaggi) and transcendent (risotto with chicken and asparagus in a saffron broth). The latter was stunningly good; it had to be due to the broth itself. The first course calamari Genovese (not fried) was, alas, overdone and consequently tough. Another diner mentioned tough calamari in her cioppino. They should know the rule for cooking squid: 45 seconds or 45 minutes. A contorno - a "side" of broccoli rapini - could've been tenderer. A molten chocolate cake - increasingly common on menus, to which, as an unapologetic chocoholic, I have no objection at all - was very nice. Prices struck me as reasonable, as did the choices on the menu. The woman who was our server handled the large table with cheerfulness and efficiency, even splitting the tab among us. Aesthetically, this is one of the prettiest dining venues I've seen in the TC. (Our server raised the aesthetic level, too, I can't resist mentioning.) The decibel level was rather high but not annoyingly so. All in all, it was a pleasant evening with, as far as my wife and I are concerned, more pluses than minuses. If there are risotto lovers out there, I urge you to go to Pazzaluna and feast on theirs. I understand it's always on the menu.
Too expensive for food that just isn't good. – I ordered the Risotto and it came out looking like something you wouldn't dare eat and tasted terrible when the waiter said it was good. My friend try playing it safe and ordered a very expensive salad. It came out with a very big block of cheese, white in color, and some green leaves probably from Asia. My other two friends played it safe and ordered things like spaghetti and the other ordered fettucini and it came out ok.. but still very over priced. It looks like they tried way too hard but the favor was just lacking.
PAZZALUNATIC! – I love this place. Gents, if you want to impress your date, it's worth the drive over the river. Have the valet park your car and whisk her in for one of the coolest dining experiences in the Twin Cities. The flirtinis are killer, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is chill, but so fun. Great place for girls' happy hour...which is never just one hour!
Avoid Valet Parking – Based on rave reviews about Pazzaluna's parking and dining amenities and their close proximity to the Ordway theater, I chose Pazzaluna for a friends' dinner/theater night. What a nightmare and personal embarrassment. I arrived at 5:00 p.m. - when the valet begins. At 5:05 p.m. my friends arrived and were told the valet parking was filled (5 minutes after opening?).
Following our dinner/theater experience, I returned to pick up my car. I was told the wait was approximately 20 minutes. While initially disappointing based on the great service I have experienced in the past with valet companies, 20 minutes wasn't a terribly long time to wait.
Now keep in mind, you are waiting either inside or outside -standing the entire time.
45 minutes later and after my inquiry at 30 minutes, I was enraged. Half way through my pregnancy, I am not in the mood or shape to stand this long. I was told my car could not be located. I was escorted into a parking ramp that would have set the perfect seen for any of the three Saw movies. Then I was led to a random room in the ramp to find my car key. Walking a total of 14 floors while 5 months pregnant, I arrived at my car.
I had approached the manager of Pazzaluna earlier in the evening regarding their lack of valet spaces. She treated the situation as if the two entities (the valet and restaurant) were independent. My advice to you is to avoid the valet. And my advice to Pazzaluna is to get a reputable company to handle their valet and to treat their customers better. They aren't the best thing going in town and if they keep this kind of service up, they won't continue to exist. As a side note, this is only further confirmation that downtown Minneapolis has a better fine dining scene.
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