I Nonni

One of the best Italian restaurants in the Twin Cities is in this Lilydale subdivision. The owners regularly perform magic with homemade salumi (his guanciale is awesome), phenomenally authentic pastas, superb first courses such as beef carpaccio or calamari fritti, and one of the best osso bucos around. There's an extraordinary Italian wine list as well.


Type: Italian

Price: $$$

Features: Kid-friendly, No Personal Checks, Notable, Outdoor Dining, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible

Meals: Dinner

Open Table: Reserve A Table

From I Nonni

We believe I Nonni is truly one of the best locally owned Italian restaurants in the Twin Cities.   Conveniently located in Lilydale, I Nonni serves authentic Roman-inspired seasonal cuisine in a gracious setting of warmth, comfort and old-world charm.  Our all-Italian wine list is one of the finest in the area, featuring small-production, rare and regional wines.
Whether it's enjoying Happy Hour with friends, dinner with your family or date night, General Manger Tom Selbitschka, Chef Walter Buffalo and our entire staff will make your experience at I Nonni a memorable one.

From I Nonni

Make a reservation online.

Dinner- $30

Optional Wine Flite $20 p.p. (three- 3oz. Tasting Portions)

Appetizer (choose one):

  • Romaine Hearts
    anchovy vinaigrette and pecorino romano
  • Warm Brussle Sprouts
    with honey crispy apple, house-cured salumi, sweet onion, and shaved pecorino

  • Thinly Sliced Raw Beef
    with argula, lemon, tuscan olive oil and shaved parmigiano reggiano

    Vino ~ Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Le Colture NV
  • Warm Pumpkin Soup
    with Wisconsin carnberry crema, crispy duck confit and goat butter crostini

    Vino ~ Coenobium, Suore Cistercinsi 2012

Entree (choose one):

  • Scallops Sweet Potato Puree
    Grilled scallion, pancetta, nameko mushroom, sweet vermoth pan sauce

    Vino ~ Greco di Tufo, Loggia della Serra, Terradora di Paolo 2013
  • Cherry Wood Smoked Brasied Short Rib
    With soft polenta, wilted brussel sprouts, dried cherry glassato

  • Duck Breast
    Chanterelle mushrooms-orzo nero risotto style, braised red cabbage, acacia honey

  • Rigatoncini
    With house-made sicilian sasage ragu, tomato and parmigiano reggiano
  • House-Made Gnocchi
     Tomato, basil and buratta

    Vino ~ Maremma Rossa, Poggio Morino 2010


Dessert (choose one):

  • Chocolate-gianduja torta
  • Tiramisu Classico
  • Carrot Cake
  • Gelato e Sorbeti

    Vino ~ Moscato d' Asti, Maragliano 2013