Chianti Grill

 January 11, 2012

Multiple Locations in Minnesota | www.chiantigrill.com

Having lived in the Twin Cities for almost half a year now, my wife and I have not really ventured to try many restaurants in the area near her school. Most of the popular dining spots in St. Paul seem to be south of the university, but we decided it might be time to try something different. After finishing up for the day we went to check out a locally owned Italian restaurant in Roseville: Chianti Grill.

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Bar La Grassa

 May 16, 2011

800 N. Washing Ave Minneapolis, MN   www.barlagrassa.com/

Recent James Beard Award winning chef, Isaac Becker, runs this very popular Italian restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. After learning of his accolades with the James Beard Foundation, we decided to make reservations a week prior to coming to the city in hopes of enjoying some delicious Italian cuisine at the hands of a masterful chef.

Bar La Grassa is not where I would have expected it to be. The signage outside simply reads “BLG” and the building is not where you’d typically expect to find a fine dining restaurant. We pulled up on to the street and grabbed a stall about a block away. Although we had reservations for 5:30, when we walked in the restaurant was already packed to almost full capacity. Although Bar La Grassa is certainly a fine dining experience when it comes to the food, the atmosphere is a mix of casual and elegant.

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