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brlattim Sep 30, 2012 08:39 PM

Anyone planning on going? They don''t have the "worlds best/cheapest hh" anymore or the cheese fries I loved with gorg...but they do have the pasta dishes I liked.

Can anyone post if they go?

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    foreverhungry Oct 1, 2012 10:12 AM

    Did Figlio reopen somewhere?

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      The Dairy Queen Oct 1, 2012 10:22 AM

      Yep, in SLP in the old Soprano's location. http://figlio.com/

      ~TDQ

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        foreverhungry Oct 1, 2012 10:25 AM

        huh. thanks!

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        BigE Oct 1, 2012 10:26 AM

        It did indeed. West End.

        http://figlio.com/

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          brlattim Oct 1, 2012 03:10 PM

          When I moved to Mnpls in 2004, I lived in Uptown near Figlio. Let me just say it was hard not to go almost every night as it was $2 for drinks and food. Dangerous. They raised it to $3 and it was still a good deal.

          Place always seemed pretty busy. Maybe they should have just done an update rather than removing it. I am glad to see the West End grow though as its nice to have options to have good food/drink without worrying so much about parking.

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            BigE Oct 2, 2012 06:44 AM

            Phil Roberts (Parasole king and Figlio owner) called shutting down/re-doing Figlio the "biggest F-ing mistake" of his life.

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              sheepy Oct 3, 2012 08:45 PM

              I thought the biggest mistake Parasole made was Sopranos.

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                The Dairy Queen Oct 3, 2012 11:54 PM

                Actually, Sopranos wasn't Parasole... it was Kaskaid, the same people behind Crave and Sopranos. Kaskaid apparently bought the rights to Figlio from Parasole... http://tcbmag.com/News/Recent-News/20...

                ~TDQ

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        sandylc Oct 1, 2012 04:03 PM

        I will be very curious to see how it does....I sometimes went to the old one and thought it was all right, but I wasn't nuts over it like many others were....they did have a few pretty good ideas at the time.

        If someone out there goes, please post about it!

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          foreverhungry Oct 3, 2012 09:50 AM

          I also had a hard time understanding all the fuss behind Figlio, and I was glad Il Gatto succeeded (even if Il Gatto didn't succeed). The one situation where I think it worked well was with large groups that had different eating likes (e.g. "picky eaters"), and/or a variety of budgets, before a night out in Uptown.

          Other than that scenario, I thought there were much better dining options, even in the immediate area.

          My experiences at Figlio, though, were all after 2002. Perhaps before then, Figlio was really the only decent dining option in Uptown, and at a time when Uptown was more of a destination neighborhood.

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          suburban_mom Oct 1, 2012 08:51 PM

          Makes me want to reminisce. We had dinner at Figlio on the first New Years Eve after my DH and I got married. To give you an idea how long ago that was - we spent the New Years Eve before we got married at Ruperts.

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            justalex Oct 3, 2012 09:30 AM

            I too look forward to checking out the new Figlio, if for anything to take a walk down memory lane. I used to love their charred pepperoni pizza.

            I must be of the same vintage as you. My DH and I met at Rupert's. Fun times!

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            Dr.TriRunner Oct 3, 2012 08:38 AM

            They still have $3 daily HH, as well as "Sunday Funday" with $3 happy hour all day.

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              Db Cooper Oct 3, 2012 09:49 AM

              I'm interested to see how this goes as the West End doesn't have anywhere near the residential foot traffic that the old Uptown location had. I still can't believe that the guys behind Crave didn't try to find a more "urban" location versus "suburban" location for the reincarnation of Figlio. That being said, I wouldn't be shocked if they aren't looking at Cowboy Slim's right now......

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                SmartCookie Oct 3, 2012 09:54 AM

                I believe Cowboy Slim's is being demolished to add yet another mixed use highrise...

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                  Db Cooper Oct 3, 2012 09:57 AM

                  The property is up for auction so that isn't firm yet, but most believe those developers will outbid any restauranteurs for it.

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                bkmnus Oct 3, 2012 06:24 PM

                If they can pull in enough newly divorced 50+ men and late 20's to early 30's women, they may almost be able to recreate Figlio's in the late 80's and early 90's.

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                  splatgirl Oct 4, 2012 08:04 AM

                  And the flatbread appetizer with the three different tapenade/spreads.

              3. Latinpig Oct 8, 2012 12:50 PM

                I loved their wings back in the day.

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                  wisperch Oct 16, 2012 05:13 PM

                  I too loved Figlio's, and I don't quite know why. The food wasn't fab, but you could always find something you liked. The vibe was good. It was always there. It was always open. You knew what to expect. It was good for dates, groups, couples, old people, young people, even our kid liked it. We sat next to Elvis Costello one night. When I heard it was closing, I said "Wait, what? Why?".

                  We tried all the other incarnations there, more than once, and didn't much like any of them. Oh, and we miss Campiello too. And Sidney's, and Big E, Big E's. We keep hoping for a place w/ the right food and vibe for everybody in our neighborhood, and that's really hard to do. So we drive up to Victory 44 a lot, or to Brasa. Rye is a miss, so is the Lowry, Bird House. We have high hopes for Burch. West End so far isn't doing it for us, too sterile and suburbanny, and the places we've been, especially Soprano, have been so pathetic.

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                    Jordan Oct 17, 2012 06:27 AM

                    Sidney's! Holy cow, there's a blast from the past. I loved going there for brunch.

                    Top of my miss-list would be Chez Bananas.

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                      Db Cooper Oct 17, 2012 06:57 AM

                      New French Cafe

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                        wisperch Oct 17, 2012 06:59 AM

                        Absolutely goes w/o saying!

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                          MplsM ary Oct 17, 2012 09:46 AM

                          Oh, New French, Chez Bananas and a busy, bustling St. Anthony Main. The 80's.

                          I don't miss Sidney's. I miss the Mister Donut situated there, before Sidney's.

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                          wisperch Oct 17, 2012 06:59 AM

                          Oh yeah!!

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                        Bobannon Nov 19, 2012 02:18 PM

                        Had dinner there Friday night and thought it was good. There were 6 of us and we were all pretty happy for the most part. The one exception was maybe the Stromboli which was a little too much bread. I had the Roasted Butternut Squash with Cappelletti and thought it was fabulous. Everyone also loved the Baked Artichoke Ramekin. Those were probably the two best dishes we tried and I’d go back for both.

                        We had reservations for 8pm and waited about 10 mins for our table. The place was packed and the service was great. The only real downside is that the place is deafening. We all finally gave up on trying to have any sort of dinner conversation. We had to yell to be heard.

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                          wisperch Nov 19, 2012 02:35 PM

                          I HATE that. That's the reason why we don't go to Tilia. Went once and couldn't talk to each other, so we won't go again. Too bad, good food.

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