Trattoria Tosca - Linden Hills
I live in NE Mpls, but would really be happy if I had a neighborhood restaurant such as Tosca to walk to. I visited it for the first time this past week.
Hubby and I started off with the scallops (2) which were perfectly cooked. It came with a sunchoke puree. I have never had sunchoke before which I found to be sweet. What really brought out the dish was the bacon (what doesn't?!) I just wished there were more bacon lardons (I believe there were three). Saltiness of the bacon played off well with the sweetness of the sunchoke and scallop. We also had the kumquat salad with goat cheese which was very nice.
We went to the pasta course. The two dishes we had were night and day. The first was a thick noodle with a ragu. Hubby wanted to try it because he never had heard of the type of noodle before. I found it to be dry and there was a spice that over powered the dish (maybe oregano?) However, the lobster gnocchi was AMAZING! Huge chunks of lobster meat with light, pillowy goodness. This dish was a home run!
For meat course we ate the strip and the tile fish. Steak was well executed, to the perfect doneness. The risotto like farro with mushrooms was a bit rich but absolutely delicious. The tile fish was scrumptious. It was my first time trying tile fish. It was a meatier fish than I expected. Fish was mild but held up extremely well to the bold and richness of the sauce.
Lastly, we intended only to take a few bites of the creme brulee but instead shoveled it down.
All in all a great meal. Chef Ian Gray came and talked with us after the meal was over. He hails from Cafe Lurcat and Levain. I think the only distraction that was glaring was the fact that the restaurant is attached to Turtle Bread. The musician (clarinet) who sat in Turtle Bread would play a few notes and then silence. It became a bit distracting.
I do recommend to all chowhounders. I will definitely be back!