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.
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.
Optional Wine Flite $20 p.p. (three- 3oz. Tasting Portions)
Appetizer (choose one):
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
Chanterelle mushrooms-orzo nero risotto style, braised red cabbage, acacia honey
With house-made sicilian sasage ragu, tomato and parmigiano reggiano
Tomato, basil and buratta
Vino ~ Maremma Rossa, Poggio Morino 2010
Dessert (choose one):
Gelato e Sorbeti
Vino ~ Moscato d' Asti, Maragliano 2013