St. Paul >Cossetta Italian Market
Best Authentic Italian in the whole Twin Cities. My mouth waters just THINKING about eating at Cossetta's! I have the veal entree every time. I could survive on Mostaccolli! What's IN that sauce? Family secret! Don't forget the cannolis!
I like it for some reason. Mediocre food across the board. Service is usually pretty bad. For some reason I like this place more than I should. I think it's to neat atmosphere as well as the cafeteria style. Can be confusing here. Line starts at the salad, skip if you want to the hot courses. Pizza is on the other side of the cash registers. The pizza is VERY good and offered by the slice.
Best in Twin Cities... but not New York.
A few times a month, I work about 2 blocks from Cassetta's. Because of that, I've gotten a chance to sample many items.
Pizza - In my opinion, the pizza is the reason to come here. Big, thin-slice with just the right amount of cheese and sauce. I was so excited to see it the first time there that I made the mistake of ordering 2 slices. I was stuffed. One slice is probably plenty for most adults. The pizza is the closest thing in the Twin Cities that I've found to a "real" New York slice.... but it's just not the same. Unfortunately, I can't pinpoint what is missing, but there isn't the right seasoning. It's just slightly more bland than it should be. But it's pretty darn close. Pizza - a solid 4 stars
Other food - I've had the sausage sandwich that they're famous for, as well as several other sausage and pasta dishes. They're ok. Tasty, but nothing special. Other food - 3 stars.
Atmosphere - I really like the little Italian market that's attached. I never buy anything there, but I think it adds a ton of character to the place. It reminds me a bit of some of the shops in Federal Hill (the "little Italy" of Providence, RI) and other's like it. I like the old photos and the signed pictures from Italian celebrities. I like the little tables, counters and bar stools, red pepper/parmesian shakers, etc. Most of the time, they have just the right music playing - classic pop Italian favorites (Dean Martin "That's Amore", etc.) For me, all of this makes the food taste better. If you took the same food and served it in the mall or at some cookie-cutter franchise, it would taste bland. Seriously, part of the pleasure on the palate is from what enters your eyes and ears here. Atmosphere - 5 Stars.
All in all, Cosetta's gets 4 stars from me. For me, I go to get a hot slice of pizza, a stroll through the little market, and a bit of nastalgia.
Best Pizza in the Midwest!. While all of their food is very good, the Pizza stands out the most! Each time I visit the Twin Cities I try my hardest to stop in for a slice and side of pasta salad! I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Italian cuisine or just lives their pizza!
To all these so called CRITICS you know NOTHING!!!. I would like to say to everyone whose reviews I read that gave 2 stars or less then you have no idea what Cossettas Restaurant truely is! Yeah you have to wait in line, DEAL WITH IT! I know alot of places you have to wait in line to get your food. This is truely authentic Italian my family goes NO WHERE ELSE! Reminder this is a family owned business! There are not many places in Minnesota that are family owned anymore. When you have a history as deep as Cossetta's has done not only in the Restaurant industry but also for the Twin Cities in the community then you have no idea what your talking about. People need to do their research! If you dont mind standing in line for a few minutes longer than you normally would to have for beyond delicious food, TRUST ME ITS WORTH THE WAIT! Its a little spendier than most people would expect to spend but its filling and you can take leftovers home to enjoy later. There is minimal seating on the main floor so it isnt really handicap accesible, and be prepared on nights where there are events going on at the XCEL CENTER, it will be crowded. That just means to me that Cossetta's must be doing alot better of a job than alot of people who have no idea what they are talking about are making comments on. This is the heart of downtown St. Paul, it moves with the bussel of the city, its busy and crowded, but in the end its definitly worth the trip!
My husband had the pizza and my daughter and I had the daily special of portebella mushroom ravioli. It was delicious! I had a sample of some tortellini from Europe and experienced flavors that I didn't know existed on this earth! Blew my mind! This is my favorite Italian place!
It is crowded and when its busy, it can be tricky finding your way around and maneuvering your way upstairs for seating with a tray full of food and beverages. Parking is an issue if you don't choose their lot and even then it's tight.
Best cannolis in Minnesota. One of my favorite places to eat when I go the Cities. Food is always fresh, good and fun. The cannolis are to die for. If you have never tried one, it's worth the cost. Yes, a bit pricy, but good. Pizzas are a tad oily but you can dab with napkins. I do wish they had better silverware (plastic) and heftier napkins because the food is sure good. Grocery items next door are a bit pricy. The dining style is cafeteria: line for entrees and salads and another line for pizzas. I wish the experience could me more traditional, but I enjoy the food so much that I put up with the busy lines just so I can enjoy the good food.
Wow Free Parking. That's the best part of my first experience with Cossetta's restaurant - free parking. I was looking for a great lunch place that's close to my house and found this site with tons of great reviews on Cossettas. Following the advice of other favorable reviews, we went there and I ordered the Cossetta hero Sandwich, she ordered the Cossetta salad. We both hated the food. For my sandwich, it was covered with red sauce so I had to eat it with knife and fork. But all they have there is plasticware. The bread was too tough to cut and my fork broke halfway through the meal (I'm not kidding!). It was served in a paper tray with a piece of parchment paper which turned soggy and was occasionally getting cut and incorporated into my sandwich (if it had tasted fabulous I might tolerate the above but the "sandwich" was very mediocre). Her salad was too oily and totally not worth it. She ate about 4 bites and threw out the rest. The whole lunch set me back $20 which is not a bargain for cafeteria style, wait in longs lines with paper and plastic average food. At least I didn't have to pay for parking. So, you're probably asking why I rated this place with 5 stars? Because I noticed that when I was reading the reviews, I only read the positive ones. I don't know why I ignored the negatives but In case you do the same, I thought I would get my first, and unfortunately my last experience of Cossetta's into your consideration. I was really hoping this would be a great restaurant.
Great food, great atmosphere. I enjoyed eating at this restaurant. The food was terrific and the look and feel of the place was really cool. The place was packed, but the line moved fast and the people were friendly. Parking was a little tricky, but they have a lot for the patrons only.
Cossetta's is the place to go in St. Paul for Italian foods..
Cossetta Inc. is an excellent place to visit for pizza, pasta and groceries. I've tried the frozen pizza that they sell and it is exquisite! Really, I could not believe that it was a frozen pizza. The market has a nice variety of meats to choose from, with turkey, salami and cheeses that cannot be found anywhere else with comparable quality and taste. I must say that the breads they sell are fresh baked daily and you will taste the difference. They use this bread to make their sandwiches. Ah, to die for. My only wish is that I lived next door and they sold smaller loaves so that I could buy and eat one a day. If you enjoy olives and olive oil you can really get a lesson from their staff.
Now, being that I am a veteran patron I'll share some secrets. Go on Mondays at 11:00am. The food is fresh the lines have yet to start and the crowds are thin. If it is a concert night don't avoid Cossetta's, but find out what time the event starts at the Excel and show up ten minutes later. You'll have plenty of room to sit and eat. If you want quick service in the market area shop during dinner and lunch hours. And, order you food for pick-up its quick and easy.
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