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Italian >Cafe Biaggio
2356 University Ave, St Paul, MN | Directions 5511444.963130 -93.197283
Neighborhoods: St. Anthony Park, South St. Anthony
Excellent food, good service and lovely atmosphere. One of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities.
Worst Host, Food & Service – Took my wife and in-laws to Caffe' Biaggio for dinner 1/7/2011. We were greeted by a crabby, rude female host, who turned out to be one of the owners of the place. Our server was a pain in the ass and thought he was funny, but he was very unprofessional. The food was something you find at the Olive Garden, no taste. Will not be going back.
Best Kept Secret in St Paul – We just found this little restaurant recently, and wish we'd found it sooner. The food was very delicious. Good selection of items from appetizers to salads, pastas and entrees. Our server was super knowledgeable and we literally put ourselves in his hands to lead us through several courses, splitting and sharing different dishes and wines. We also had an outstanding Italian Mojito...mmm. After dinner we also split a huge chocolate bread pudding and a homemade tortoni (like an ice cream). The place is a gem...local art work, artistic tiles and lighting. Too bad there's construction on University Avenue---they were slow because of it apparently. We'll be back with our friends
enchanting – When it comes to tomato soup most people think of watered down Campbell's and wouldn't imagine going out to a restaurant just go get it, yet I would most definitely go to Cafe Biaggio for their tomato soup alone.
This is a small locally owned and operated restaurant that serves amazing authentic Itallian. It's a small place but well worth the tight fit to enjoy an amazing dinner. Twice i have ben served by the same waiter, an older italian gentlemen who makes sure you get everything you need in a timely manner. All the staff know the menu back to front and can answer any questions you may have from which wine to choose to which entree will appeal to you most.
Definitely worth visiting.
Outstanding all the Way – Each time I've eaten at Caffe Biaggio, I've had excellent customer service, and everything I've eaten has been absolutely mouthwatering. I appreciate the suggestions that my server provided regarding a wine selection with my meal. I will continue to do business with Caffe Biaggio and recommend this delightful treasure to all of my clients and friends. Thank you to the Caffe Biaggio family for your royal treatment and great food!
Best salad and gnocchi in the Cities!!! BY FAR!!!! – If you'd like to eat some authentic Italian food then go visit this restaurant. If you go to this establishment and haven't had the Mama's Antipasto salad, then you haven't experienced the essence of this restaurant yet. This salad is by far the best salad I've ever had with a perfect, simple balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing, all mixed in with prosciutto, thinly sliced roast beef, and Italian sausage. Just writing this review makes me want to go back for more. The owners are almost always present and typically stop by your table to see if every thing is good. The GNOCCHI is the best in Minneapolis, and quite possibly the best outside of Italy itself. The only time I have had better was in Venice having lunch at hotel cipriani where the table next to us was having Mimosa's with Dom(personally I thought it was a disgrace to Dom). That's a pretty high standard I would say. I still think that Caffe Biaggio's was better, my wife disagrees, and says it's a very close second. Bolognese...excellent. Everything on the menu...excellent. If they have a special, get it, because it will be delicious. This is true Italian food, people. They have a Montapulciano on the menu that I can't resist, and my parents love the Nebbiolo. I recommended this restaurant to a client and they felt like the portions were small, I've never felt that way though. The decor is great, and the table with the artsy pictures of women is very Euro and chic. The service in the past has been (some good, some bad)...I guess such is life... so doesn't bother me as much. I think that if the owner could concentrate on this aspect of the business more, it would help. Our last experience was fantastic with a man with a really cool accent, who clearly has been many places in his life. I suggest caffe biaggio hold onto him if they can.
Great restaurant, cool owner, amazing food with a history coming straight from Italy. I will go back many times, because I can't stay away
Awful – We had dinner there on a recent Saturday night. The host was miserable. Come to find out the host was the owner. Also, after we were seated, a note on the menu tells the customer there is a minimum order or we must sit at the bar. Going out to dinner is a treat, but when an average restaurant tells me I have to make a minimum order - $20.00/pp, I'm offended. We should be able to walk into any restaurant with open arms. This restaurant needs an attitude adjustment, a personality check, and a modern menu. By far, La Grolla and even Loring Pasta are better dining experiences.
Avoid! – I showed up at mid-afternoon when they had 3 tables in the entire restaurant. I wanted a iced latte coffee to take with me on the way back to work. The host told me that the only person who could make it for me was the one waitress who was working at one of the tables.
This Waitress lingered at her table as she was facing me ten feet away chatting someone up for about 10 minutes. I meanwhile am looking right at her because I'm in a little bit of a rush. Once she gets behind the counter rather than talking to me THE CUSTOMER! she asks the host if I've paid yet!!!!! Now mind you I showed up to this place in a very nice black suit its not like I seemed in any way not their clientele. They didn't ask me what kind of milk I wanted and when the Waitress finally came to give me my drink it was 6 oz in size. The bill including tip was $5. When I mentioned this to her she looked blankly at me and said it was the only size as if she had never heard of the word customer service!!! In the realm of things this is a small complaint but I get so tired of wasting my time and money on places that don't cater to their customers. It would have been easy for the host to suggest someplace else or get the Waitresses attention in a timely manner. It also would have been easy for Waitress to actually talk to me before she prepared the drink. She could have easily communicated with me about the drink before making it instead of making me wait an excess of 20-25 minutes. Little things count! My business will not be repeated!
Romantic, Great Character, Authentic Italian – I've been to Cafe Biaggio several times and each time I go, it's better than the last. You MUST try the tomato basil soup, out of this world. The flank steak is amazing, your mouth will sing over it's seasonings. If you have a sweet tooth, the dessert list is superb. Try the bread pudding...best out of anywhere. Great place for a first date or romantic evening with the old hat ;)
Call ahead, this place fills up fast with larger parties. Great venue for a rehersal dinner or anniversary party. The staff really caters to you. I felt as if we were the only table in the place.
What a GEM! – LOVE this place! Great location, right off of 94/280. We couldn't decide if we wanted to stay in St. Paul or head over to Minneapolis. The location made it easy for us to decide - somewhere in the middle! Really, fantastic artwork, fabulous food, and engaging service. I'm sorry to hear that the other review had a bad server experience - our servers were sweet, relaxed, and always checking in with our table as the meal moved along. We've been there now both for lunch and dinner. I love the energy there at lunch and for dinner, its a bit more romantic and quiet. Either time, its been great. Lunch portions are huge (the pork/mango salad is AMAZING!) and the price is right. For dinner, the fact that they have courses its a delight. We've been to other area so-called Italian restaurants and Biaggio out does them all. Give this place a try! AND! The espresso and Italian Cream Cake are to die for - FABULOUS!
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