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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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Amore Victoria

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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]

Trattoria Tosca

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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]

Broders' Pasta Bar

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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]
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]

Coup d'état

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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]

The Bone Yard

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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]
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]

Icehouse

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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]

The Butcher Block

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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]

The Mill Northeast

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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]

Caffe Biaggio

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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]

Pazzaluna

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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]

Amore Victoria

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]

Trattoria Tosca

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]

Broders' Pasta Bar

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]

Tilia

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]

Coup d'état

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]

The Bone Yard

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]

Rinata

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]

Icehouse

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]

The Butcher Block

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]

The Mill Northeast

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]

Caffe Biaggio

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]

Pazzaluna

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]

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