Creative Italian cuisine in a beautifully dramatic atmosphere. Hidden away, not easy to get to, snugged up against Interstate 494 in the Tuscan hills of Bloomington & Edina. Address is Bloomington but more like Edina. Upscale but not too pretentious. Art & murals, dark woods, wrought iron, warm brown colors, brick and flagstone accents, white tablecloths, indirect romantic lighting. Open kitchen. Awesome patio. You realize what Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill are striving to be but are falling well short of. Get yourself inside and forget what's outside - soon you'll be transported to another place - another country - a place you'll be driving your Alfa Romeo Spider through next year. Top notch, made to order, fresh handcrafted contemporary Italian using local seasonal organic ingredients. Pastas come in two sizes - for those wanting to hold down the gorging and spending. Service helpful attentive knowledgeable.
Highlights: Bread (they bake their own and you can buy some to take home). Burgers. Fries. Mussels. Caesar. Pastas. Bar mural. Pizzas. Budino.
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