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

From I Nonni

Make a reservation.

Dinner — $35


Antipasto (choose one):

  • Romaine Hearts
    with anchovy vinaigrette and pecorino romano
  • Warm Brussel Sprout Salad
    Testa, sweet onion, honey crisp apple, lemon, pecorino
  • Thinly Sliced Raw Beef
    with arugula, lemon, tuscan olive oil and shaved parmigiano reggiano
    Vino ~ Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Le Colture NV
  • Charred Octopus
    Beets, spicy nduja baby potato-beets, celeriac puree, dill pollen
    Vino ~ Ciro Bianco, Res Dei, Ippolito 1845 2014

Secondo (choose one):

  • Pan Seared Sea Scallops
    Parsnip puree, grilled scallions, caramelized apple smoked bacon-nameko mushrooms, sweet vermouth pan sauce
  • Pan Roasted Chicken Breast
    with saffron risotto, lemon-caper pan sauce
    Vino ~ Soave, Capitel Foscarino, Anselmi 2014
  • Rosemary Garlic Braised Short Rib
    with wilted greens, whipped potato-parmigiano puree
  • Rigatoncini
    with house-made sicilian sausage ragu, tomato and parmigiano reggiano
  • House-Made Gnocchi
    with tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil and parmigiano
    Vino ~ Toscana Rosso, Il Corzanello, Corzano e Paterno 2013

Dolci (choose one):

  • Tiramisu Classico | Chocolate-gianduja torta
  • Carrot Cake | Gelato e Sorbeti
    Vino ~ Moscato d’ Asti, La Caliera, Maragliano 2014
Optional Wine Flite $20/person (three - 3oz tasting portions)

From I Nonni

Roman-Inspired Seasonal Cuisine, All-Italian Wine List, and Private Wine Cellar Dining.