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Lasagna, pasta, salad & breadsticks

I'm always craving this but can never seem to find the places that have it. Would be nice if they had take-out and reasonable prices. I would prefer Mom-and-Pop type places but at this point I'm desperate for anything. Bonus if it's in South Minneapolis or Minneapolis where I live, but also open to anywhere in the Twin Cities.

I should add that some places I have tried (such as the chain restaurant Buca di Beppo) were charging prices that were way beyond my budget and I didn't think were even worth those prices. I had dinner there months ago and I think it was almost $20 for a plate of pasta. For some that wouldn't be a big deal but I was just shocked at their prices.

Thank you!

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  1. Broder's pasta bar and Cossetta's would fit the bill and be less than $20 for everything.

    1. Have you ever had a reason to try The Little Oven in St. Paul? It's a trek for you but when I think of the comfort-food version of red sauce Italian pasta, this is what comes to mind. It is truly nothing fancy, to be sure.

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      Little Oven
      1786 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul, MN 55119

      1. Sweet taste of Italy. I love their bread and pasta. Very reasonably priced. Lasagna is a little salty but good. They have locations in Crystal and Brooklyn Park. The Crystal location isn't too bad, coming from MPLS, just west of 100 on 42nd.

        1. Fat Lorenzo's and Carbone's come to mind.

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          Fat Lorenzos
          5600 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

          1. It's a chain, but Davanni's has pretty good lasagna. When we need emergency take-out lasagna, that's what we get. No breadsticks, though.

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            Davanni's
            14125 Highway 13 S, Savage, MN 55378

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            1. re: AnneInMpls

              Hey, you never know when you might have a take-out lasagna emergency!

              I've never tried Davanni's (must try now!), but I like the Little Oven KTFoley mentioned, though I've never taken anything out from them (I know they definitely do pizza take-out), and, also Yarusso's. Again, I've never done take-out from them, but I know they have a small freezer with spumoni, lasagna and a couple of other things, so I'd bet they do takeout, too. The food isn't extraordinary, but it's good, and the atmosphere is really friendly. Sorry, most of my recs are St. Paul'ish, a little far for the OP, perhaps.

              ~TDQ

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              Little Oven
              1786 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul, MN 55119

              Davanni's
              14125 Highway 13 S, Savage, MN 55378

              1. re: AnneInMpls

                I like Davanni's too. Yes it's a chain, but at least it's a local chain. And i like pretty much everything on their menu. Also, they do have breadsticks. But the garlic cheese bread is way better.

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                Davanni's
                14125 Highway 13 S, Savage, MN 55378