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Lasagna, pasta, salad & breadsticks

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chocolatemint Oct 14, 2011 01:27 PM

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. danionavenue RE: chocolatemint Oct 14, 2011 02:25 PM

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

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      KTFoley RE: chocolatemint Oct 14, 2011 02:58 PM

      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

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        Bobannon RE: chocolatemint Oct 14, 2011 06:26 PM

        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. drew13000 RE: chocolatemint Oct 14, 2011 09:57 PM

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

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          Fat Lorenzos
          5600 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

          1. AnneInMpls RE: chocolatemint Oct 15, 2011 09:19 AM

            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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              The Dairy Queen RE: AnneInMpls Oct 15, 2011 10:10 AM

              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

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                Bobannon RE: AnneInMpls Oct 15, 2011 07:22 PM

                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

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                LauraB RE: chocolatemint Oct 15, 2011 10:53 AM

                I think Pizza Luce makes pretty good lasagna. I think they might be more of a garlic bread/cheese toast sort of place than breadsticks, but they definitely have salad. Not a mom and pop, but at least it is local.

                1. LiaM RE: chocolatemint Oct 15, 2011 10:56 AM

                  It has been a long, long time, but I used to like Vescio's in Dinkytown for red-sauce-Italian. I remember the florentine lasagna being good.

                  1. bob s RE: chocolatemint Oct 15, 2011 11:17 AM

                    There's a place in the skyway downtown (in the Soo Line building, 5th and Marquette) that has pretty good lasagna, together with salad and breadstick for about $7.50. It's called Sorrento Cucina. I used to work across the street and would often have lunch there - although their spinach lasagne is a guilty pleasure that I would usually choose. It's not fine dining by any means, but it may satisfy your craving.

                    I had to look up the name and found an article in Heavy Table that gives you a good idea of what you'd get: http://heavytable.com/five-spots-to-e...

                    I'd second the recommendation for Broder's although I don't remember if they have bread sticks or not.

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                      chocolatemint RE: chocolatemint Oct 16, 2011 05:48 AM

                      Thanks everyone!! These are great suggestions. I don't think I will have any trouble finding lasagna anymore. I'll looking forward to trying them all, this is a wonderful list!

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                        zfwp RE: chocolatemint Oct 16, 2011 04:50 PM

                        how about Mama's on front and rice in saint paul.

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                          cookkevin RE: zfwp Oct 17, 2011 05:29 AM

                          The Eagles Nest, (its a Broadway Pizza food) in Robbinsdale has very good Lasagna, and I think thursday is pasta specal day 7.99 for salad, lasagna and bread.

                          http://www.eaglesnestlounge.com/home....

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                        liney714 RE: chocolatemint Oct 17, 2011 07:43 AM

                        Mama's 961 Rice St St paul 651-489-2005. Home made bread not bread sticks but the best red sauce i have ever had. any of their pasta's but their lasgna for sure are out of this world. The cheese they use is awesome and everything is home made

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                          GutGrease RE: chocolatemint Oct 19, 2011 10:13 AM

                          Too bad the original Totino's in NE Mpls is gone. I always enjoyed their lasagna.

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                            chocolatemint RE: chocolatemint Oct 23, 2011 01:36 PM

                            Wow, I am going to have fun eating my way through this list. Great suggestions. Thanks again, we've already tried out Davanni's (great prices!) am planning to stop by Carbone's since it's so close to where we live. We'll go to as many of these as we can, thanks again for a great list!!

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

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                              chocolatemint RE: chocolatemint Nov 4, 2011 12:05 PM

                              We did end up trying Carbone's and loved it. It was exactly the type of reasonably-priced, Mom 'n 'Pop, family restaurant that we were looking for.

                              As soon as we sat down, the server bought some crayons and a coloring page for our toddler.

                              We were there during the busy dinner rush, but it didn't feel stressful at all, it's a very laid-back

                              and comfortable environment. Plenty of places to sit with comfortable booths that were not too small.

                              I ordered the small spaghetti with meatball and my husband ordered a thin crust sausage and pepperoni pizza (and our toddler shared from both of us course!) Both were excellent. I prefer a red sauce that is not sweet, and this fit the bill completely. In fact, I would say it was the best spaghetti/meatball/garlic bread I've had in the Twin Cities as far as casual dining goes, absolutely delicious.

                              We wanted to order dessert (the desserts we saw going to different tables looked very good) but it was a bit of a wait since it was so busy when we were there and we didn't have time to wait so we'll postpone that for our next visit. I am sure we'll be returning often, it's the neighborhood go-to place for pasta and pizza.

                              Thanks again Chowhounds for this suggestion! We have driven by the place plenty of times but weren't sure if we wanted to try it, very glad we did!

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                              Carbone's Pizzeria
                              4724 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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                                Danny RE: chocolatemint Nov 4, 2011 01:40 PM

                                If you're willing to venture north of 694 in search of lasagna and an above average bread basket, check out Giuseppe's. I've only been once, and found a family run place with pretty good italian food, and a homemade breadbasket. I wouldn't advocate it as a place a foodie would love, but if you like a bread basket with pepperoni bread, olive bread, garlic bread, and/or whatever else they made that day - along with a salad and a decent pasta dish, give them a shot.

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                                Giuseppe Italian Ristorante
                                1435 Silver Lake Rd NW, Saint Paul, MN 55112

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                                  Bobannon RE: Danny Nov 4, 2011 06:05 PM

                                  I like this place too...I was just telling my parents about it. It's a cute little neighborhood place with decent food and really nice service. I haven't been for a few years but I'm going to suggest it the next time we're thinking casual italian.

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                                    chocolatemint RE: Bobannon Nov 9, 2011 12:46 PM

                                    Thanks Danny and Bobannon, will be sure to check out Giuseppe's when I am in the area!

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                                      kevin47 RE: Bobannon Nov 15, 2011 01:01 PM

                                      +2 on Giuseppes. Also, Fat Lorenzo's does the crayon schtick too, and has cheap wine to boot.

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                                      Fat Lorenzos
                                      5600 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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                                    joeontheroad RE: chocolatemint Nov 15, 2011 12:30 PM

                                    Buon Giornio Deli in Lillydale has great lasagna. You can buy it fresh or a tray of frozen for well under twenty. Both the lasagna and the eggplant parm are fabulous.

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                                    Buon Giornio Italia
                                    981 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Saint Paul, MN 55118

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                                      rp1760 RE: joeontheroad Nov 19, 2011 01:47 PM

                                      I second Buon Giorno Deli.

                                      And I would also like to add DiGideo's to the list for your consideration. It's on West 7th St. in St. Paul - not real close to you but well worth the drive on a cold, snowy day.... DiGideo's is a great family run place, and most of the clientele are families. Servings are huge. Prices are reasonable (especially since I get at least two meals per entree). Lasagna is their Thursday night special - $10. My other favorites are the old fashioned sloppy hot dago (monster portion - just had it last night for take-out!) and their spaghetti, to which I like to add grilled chicken and roasted mushrooms.

                                      http://www.degidios.com/

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                                      chocolatemint RE: chocolatemint Nov 19, 2011 03:45 PM

                                      Thank- you for the additional suggestions, everyone. I have plenty of places to choose from now, and can see myself at a nice red checkered tableclothed table, with a plate of pasta and a glass of red wine, cozy especially on a wintry day like today. I will add all of these to the list. No shortage of places to choose from now, thanks again everyone!

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