Osteria I Nonni
Osteria I Nonni, the Twin Cities premiere Italian fine dining destination has been recognized by Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine's editors and readers as the top Italian table in the region seven years running. Our cuisine is contemporary and innovative focusing on central and southern traditions. Specialties include fresh seafood, house-made pastas, local and organic ingredients as well as desserts made from scratch. Our menu changes five times annually to offer the freshest most seasonal dishes possible. I Nonni's wine program has been nationally recognized with over five hundred labels gathered from Italy's finest wine artisans. Our bar offers twenty fine wines by the glass as well as grappa, amaro and other Italian distillates that highlight a deep, superb selection of spirits, aperitivi and cocktails. I Nonni's intimate setting makes it the perfect dining experience for special occasions as well as everyday enjoyment.
Fried point judith squid, lemon, trapani salt
Korbel Champagne Brut
Spaghetti Allo Scoglio
Squid ink pasta, calamari, mussels, shrimp, clams, spicy tomato brodo
Great food. We visit 2-3 times per year. In the past, I’ve experienced the food being too salty at times and I love salt.
This meal was great and seasoned well.
One of the pasta dishes had an extremely smoky taste, server could have been more informed of that, was overwhelming and not enjoyable.
Delightful patio with pond and fountain in back. Ordered rib eye steak and it was too fatty. Wouldn’t order it again. Flavor was good, however
We enjoyed our dinner on their patio. It was very good.
We were really surprised by how large their outside patio was. Great area to eat.
Excellent food and service, wonderful patio seating.
I have been here several times and have never had anything that was just good - everything is exceptional. I particularly appreciated the expertise of the staff in helping us select just the right drinks to compliment our meals. Thank you.
An outstanding dining experience, and they go the extra mile to make things comfortable for those with covid concerns.
We had to wait a bit for our table, but the staff was very sympathetic and gave us a free appetizer. Service was outstanding.
My sister and I sat outside on their beautiful patio and enjoyed a lovely meal. We had course choices and excellent wine pairings selected for us by our awesome waiter, Steven. It was a wonderful evening and will definitely go back to this gem of a spot!
Lovely setting outside on the patio. Great service. Food was great but rather pricey.
Terrible, terrible dining experience. Of the four meals ordered, only one was satisfactory. Pasta came stuck together in a solid, overcooked lump. Beef was ordered medium, only slightly pink, and came almost raw with pooled blood on top of the slices. Lamb chops were ordered medium, slightly pink, and arrived so rare they actually were cold. Everything was so over salted it was like eating salt brine. The service was excellent and we were compensated for two of the meals. But we likely will never go back.
Everything was wonderful!
We love I Nonni! The food is always beautifully presented and well prepared from high quality ingredients. You can tell the chef has a high standard for every plate that goes out from the kitchen. The service is always welcoming and attentive. The ambiance is elegant and comfortable. We consider it a hidden gem of the Twin Cities culinary scene.
Overall, a really nice Italian option when you want the experience. We arrived on time for our reservation and were sat within minutes - a great start. The dining room is warm and inviting and the fireplace at the end really provided a nice focal point and contrast with the high vaulted ceilings. We ordered 3 apps and 2 were not great - the calamari was super salty but I suspect isn't their breading, but rather their oil to fire it from frozen. The carpaccio was tasteless - it was lacking acid, oil, and any sort of taste. I think the meat was too thick, too cold, and the dish had an identity crisis between being carpaccio and an upside-down salad. We shared our observations and moved on. The entrees were a major comeback from the appetizers! Gnocchi special was just that - special! Wifey had the squid ink pasta with all kinds of crustaceans - she was happy. Kid #1 got a pizza - crust, and flavors were excellent and kid #2 for the wild boar pappardelle - so well done. Tiramisu and Key Lime tartlets for dessert. The Pre-tip bill was $212 including wine for parents. We will return!
1st time ever disappointed in the food. Pasta under cooked, didn't make it to el dente.
Sauces bland, both the Guanciale, and Amatriciana. Not sure why, new chef maybe?
Lovely outdoor seating in the back on the water. Nice lights as the sun goes down. Servers were wonderful accommodating us as one of our guests was unavoidably late. Dinner and wine was delicious.
Staff was very friendly and on top of service. Food came out very quickly. The food was incredible, everything was absolutely amazing and we can’t wait to come back.
The dinner and apps were great. Wonderful salad and brucetta. We had mussels and the meat and cheese platter (enough for two). Everything was beautifully presented with excellent service. The have a nice wine selection by the glass too.
We have been dining at I Nonnis' for years. It was alway a 4 star. Now we were surprised to see baseball hats on outside, people wearing jeans, etc. It has become a non4star for us. We will go somewhere else for fine dining. So sorry to see our escape to fine dining go down the hill, but yet the menu prices remain high. Waiter was really good. Steven.
Loved everything about this restaurant
By far the best calamari we've had-- and we've tried many! And as usual, great service by the staff.
A very pleasurable dining experience.
my date & i had a terrific evening at your place. will come back again.
My first time at the restaurant. And it won’t be my last. It was delicious.
Great evening for a great celebration. Couldn't have been any better.
As always, the patio at the restaurant is a delightful place to dine. The service is impeccable as is the food. Hopefully, during COVID, they will add heat lamps in the winter so we can continue to enjoy their amazing food and extensive wine list.
Most of the people dinning outside appeared to be celebrating anniversaries. The quiet setting was perfect.
As close to Italy as you can get in St. Paul. Service was okay, but friendly. Food was very good. Great selection of wines.
the food is amazing- the service the best and the ambiance topnotch
Amazing food, better atmosphere
A special place for special occasions! We sat outside on a beautiful evening , had a great meal, and thoughtful attentive service.
Fantastic food and service! Beautiful patio and excellent staff!
The food recommendations were perfect. The food was absolutely perfect
This is the first time we came to I Nonni since the state-wide shutdown (February 20th)
It was a great experience to return and especially so because we were celebrating
our 50th wedding anniversary. It was well done by an excellent cook and staffing.
Wonderful, from beginning to end!
Love the patio!
The food was excellent but the service was marginal. My husband and I arrived about 5 minutes before our other couple. They were told there was no reservation under my name. Drinks took a very long time. We ordered an extra arancini and didn't get it. We had a birthday boy so got a complimentary dessert but never got the extra dessert we ordered and the server didn't even acknowledge the fact that he forgot it. We paid the bill and left.
Time spent at I Nonni is always enjoyable - especially when you can take advantage of a nice summer evening out on their patio!
We have been to Osteria many times but not since the pandemic. So, this time we sat outside and the space was very nice. However, we were disappointed in the quality of the food. Based on our previous experiences the food this time just did not measure up. Have they lost their Executive Chef?
Osteria I Nonni offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (651) 905-1081.
Osteria I Nonni is rated 4.6 stars by 1480 OpenTable diners.
Osteria I Nonni does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.osteriainonni.com/gift-cards/.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.