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12 Pasta Dishes to Try Right Now in Mpls/St. Paul

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After what feels like the longest and coldest winter in history, temps are finally hitting the balmy 40s. Unfortunately, if history teaches us anything, Minnesotans can't trade in those fluffy parkas for body-bearing swimwear quite yet. The good news is that this leaves a few more weeks to pack in some pasta carbs before restaurants change over to spring menus.

From classic seafood linguini to creamy mac n' cheese to chestnut gnocchi, here are 12 new pastas to try right now in the Twin Cities, mapped in roughly geographic order.

Is your favorite new pasta dish missing from the list? Let us know in the comments.


Erika Boutros

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Amore Victoria

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(612) 823-0250
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Talk about an ultimate comfort food: the classically Italian Amore Victoria is serving up a handmade cannelloni al forno on their specials menu. It’s a beef, spinach, and cheese-stuffed pasta topped with bolognese and a touch of cream. [Photo]

2. Trattoria Tosca

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3415 W 44th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 924-1900
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Linden Hills’ cozy Italian bistro Trattoria Tosca has a made-from-scratch strozzapretti. These curly Tuscan-style noodles are done with a pork sugo, Parmesan, and pesto sauce. Best of all, this fresh dish is made with mostly local ingredients. [Photo]

3. Broders' Pasta Bar

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5000 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 925-9202
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South Minneapolis pasta institution Broders' Pasta Bar recently added a risotto con barbabietola - a beet risotto blended with toasted goat cheese and pistachio dolce. [Photo]

4. Tilia

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2726 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 354-2806
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Linden Hills neighborhood favorite Tilia is currently serving a tagliatelle with pancetta, parsnips, spinach, almonds, jalapeños, and Parmesan cheese. It comes in small or large sizes, for a starter or an entree. [Photo]

5. Coup d'état

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2923 Girard Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Coup D’Etat is putting a non-traditional spin on what is arguably the most popular pasta dish worldwide: spaghetti and meatballs. For their take, the swanky Uptown eatery pairs homemade curly egg noodles with spicy beef and pork meatballs. [Photo]

6. The Bone Yard

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2841 Hennepin Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
The newly open BoneYard Kitchen and Bar is serving is up a mac and cheese true to its Southern comfort theme. This rich dish is a macaroni noodle with creamy pimento cheese and white cheddar, all topped with buttered bread crumbs. [Photo]

7. Rinata

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2451 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 374-8998
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Romantic Italian bistro Rinata in Uptown has a killer ziti this winter. The round noodle is blended with spiced walnuts, garlic, and a gorgonzola cream sauce. [Photo]

8. Icehouse

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2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 276-6523
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For a unique twist on a traditional dish, try the new chestnut gnocchi at Eat Street staple Icehouse. The gnocchi is made of chestnut flour and served with roasted mushrooms, carrots, orange mascarpone, and chard. [Photo]

9. The Butcher Block

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308 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 455-1080
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The Butcher Block in Northeast Minneapolis has added a mezzelune pasta for the winter season: a simple butternut squash ravioli and a rich brown butter sage sauce topped with Parmesan. [Photo]

10. The Mill Northeast

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1851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 315-2340
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For a lighter yet equally delicious pasta dish, check out the The Mill Northeast's rice noodles. With the option of a small or large plate, this dish showcases rock shrimp, pork belly, spinach, mushrooms, and miso broth, and is topped with a poached egg. [Photo]

11. Caffe Biaggio

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2356 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55114
(651) 917-7997
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To carb up with a little less guilt, just add whole wheat. Intimate St. Paul restaurant Café Biaggio is keeping pasta a little healthier this winter, serving up whole wheat bavetti with duck ragu. [Photo]

12. Pazzaluna

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360 Saint Peter St
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 223-7000
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Seafood fans, head to this classic St. Paul restaurant for their seafood linguine. This packed plate features clams, shrimp, scallops, speck, and white wine tossed with a classic linguini noodle. The linguini is also available gluten-free. [Photo]

1. Amore Victoria

Minneapolis, MN 55408
Talk about an ultimate comfort food: the classically Italian Amore Victoria is serving up a handmade cannelloni al forno on their specials menu. It’s a beef, spinach, and cheese-stuffed pasta topped with bolognese and a touch of cream. [Photo]

2. Trattoria Tosca

3415 W 44th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Linden Hills’ cozy Italian bistro Trattoria Tosca has a made-from-scratch strozzapretti. These curly Tuscan-style noodles are done with a pork sugo, Parmesan, and pesto sauce. Best of all, this fresh dish is made with mostly local ingredients. [Photo]
3415 W 44th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410

3. Broders' Pasta Bar

5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
South Minneapolis pasta institution Broders' Pasta Bar recently added a risotto con barbabietola - a beet risotto blended with toasted goat cheese and pistachio dolce. [Photo]
5000 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

4. Tilia

2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Linden Hills neighborhood favorite Tilia is currently serving a tagliatelle with pancetta, parsnips, spinach, almonds, jalapeños, and Parmesan cheese. It comes in small or large sizes, for a starter or an entree. [Photo]
2726 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410

5. Coup d'état

2923 Girard Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Coup D’Etat is putting a non-traditional spin on what is arguably the most popular pasta dish worldwide: spaghetti and meatballs. For their take, the swanky Uptown eatery pairs homemade curly egg noodles with spicy beef and pork meatballs. [Photo]
2923 Girard Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

6. The Bone Yard

2841 Hennepin Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The newly open BoneYard Kitchen and Bar is serving is up a mac and cheese true to its Southern comfort theme. This rich dish is a macaroni noodle with creamy pimento cheese and white cheddar, all topped with buttered bread crumbs. [Photo]
2841 Hennepin Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

7. Rinata

2451 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Romantic Italian bistro Rinata in Uptown has a killer ziti this winter. The round noodle is blended with spiced walnuts, garlic, and a gorgonzola cream sauce. [Photo]
2451 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405

8. Icehouse

2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
For a unique twist on a traditional dish, try the new chestnut gnocchi at Eat Street staple Icehouse. The gnocchi is made of chestnut flour and served with roasted mushrooms, carrots, orange mascarpone, and chard. [Photo]
2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

9. The Butcher Block

308 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The Butcher Block in Northeast Minneapolis has added a mezzelune pasta for the winter season: a simple butternut squash ravioli and a rich brown butter sage sauce topped with Parmesan. [Photo]
308 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

10. The Mill Northeast

1851 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN
For a lighter yet equally delicious pasta dish, check out the The Mill Northeast's rice noodles. With the option of a small or large plate, this dish showcases rock shrimp, pork belly, spinach, mushrooms, and miso broth, and is topped with a poached egg. [Photo]
1851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN

11. Caffe Biaggio

2356 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55114
To carb up with a little less guilt, just add whole wheat. Intimate St. Paul restaurant Café Biaggio is keeping pasta a little healthier this winter, serving up whole wheat bavetti with duck ragu. [Photo]
2356 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55114

12. Pazzaluna

360 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Seafood fans, head to this classic St. Paul restaurant for their seafood linguine. This packed plate features clams, shrimp, scallops, speck, and white wine tossed with a classic linguini noodle. The linguini is also available gluten-free. [Photo]
360 Saint Peter St
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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