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has anyone been? some people in my office recommend it but i really dont trust them

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  1. I have had some good, some OK meals there. Never a total failure. I would suggest it is not all that special or inventive, just a solid MN Italian. The service has been good and I usually go with a group of women, so this is not always the case. (It is true that women often get placed at bad tables and get bad service.)

    It has been awhile, but they have a mushroom marsala that I enjoyed. The gnocchi is rich, but if I remember, not quite as flavorful as one might like. They had a cioppino that was not stew-like, but was had good flavor. There is not much in the way of healthy food, all is pretty heavy with cream sauces and the like.

    Over all, I would not run screaming if I had to eat there, nor would I run to it for a special occasion or food focused evening.

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    1. re: rockyd

      thanks for the review. Really just looking for a decent somewhat authentic italian dinner. wifey and i may check it out this weekend

      How would you say it compares to al vento? your review kinda described that place all well

      1. re: DukeFan

        I much prefer Al Vento, it is one of our ongoing favorites. I think the food is better and more interesting. That being said, I have a had a few unimpressive pastas at Al Vento and generally try to order from their specials menu. The vibe is totally different, too. Al Vento is smaller, more cozy, less crazy. Amore is in Uptown after all.

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        Al Vento
        5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

        1. re: rockyd

          But, to be clear, if you're looking for an "Uptown" vibe, Amore is not the place where you will find it. It's a very traditional (if faux) "trattoria" style inside.

          The food is perfectly adequate but I would never go out of my way to eat there. In fact, I live within 3 blocks of the place and have only eaten there 2-3 times since it opened years ago. I'd walk across the street to Barbette any day of the week.

        2. re: DukeFan

          Al Vento is very good food. I'm not sure I would describe it as "Italian" - but that's perhaps a conversation for a different day. If you want excellent Italian, I Nonni in Lilydale is perhaps the best around. It's expensive, but it's excellent.

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          I Nonni
          981 sibley memorial hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118

          Al Vento
          5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

          1. re: foreverhungry

            Thanks. How about rinata. Heard good things about there as well

            1. re: DukeFan

              Rinata is Al Vento's sister restaurant. They are comparable in quality in price. I quite like both.

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              Al Vento
              5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

              Rinata
              2451 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

              1. re: kevin47

                I'm an Al Vento hater. So I wouldn't go there, obviously, for authentic Italian. Although I've only ever had the pasta dishes and people say the second course dishes are much better, for what it's worth. I Nonni was where we always go for authentic Italian - and special dinner as it's pricey - haven't been since the chef change but I think some on the chowboard have been. But it is fancier, more expensive. I'd go to Cafe Biaggo over Al Vento, I think the price point is similar.

                It should be noted that I'm ridiculously picky about Italian. So take my review with a grain of salt!

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                I Nonni
                981 sibley memorial hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118

                Al Vento
                5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      2. I went there once and found the food a bit lacking. I tend to avoid US/MN Italian and rather stick to dishes that pay attention to the original. Given that, they miserably failed the "Carbonara Test" - a true carbonara has no cream and gets it's texture and creaminess from the egg yolk that's whisked in at the end. This one was in a rather heavy cream sauce.

        I much preferred my experience at Rinata and am still drooling about the pistachio gelato I had there. A very good and more authentic option in the area is Risotto just a few blocks east on Lake street.

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        Rinata
        2451 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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        1. re: maauwi

          Thanks for all of the replies. We ended up going to Osteria I Nonni. Overall, it was good, not great.

          Some quick thoughts.

          Caprese Salad: Their version of a caprese was phenomenal. Best thing I saw on the menu. Great buffalo mozzerella, fresh tomatoes and a great dressing.

          Carpaccio: Wifey had it and it was awesome. Tons of foods and perfectly prepared.

          Gnocchi: Almost perfect. (Not enough sauce). pasta was perfect and tender. Sauce had some kick.

          Bucatini: Its rare to have a nice spicy pasta dish. The sauce was great which some kick. Pasta its elf was slightly overdone.

          Saltimbocca: Biggest disappointment of the night. Very overcooked (charred) without much flavor. definitely would not open again.

          Steak: WIfey had it and it was prepared very well. Not as flavorful as some others but still nice.

          Service: Attentive, but at least 25-30 minutes between courses. We didnt have dessert because we had already been there for 3 hours for a 3 course meal.

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          I Nonni
          981 sibley memorial hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118