Best Pasta & Salads. 54th & Lyndale Avenue. This is my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. The produce is amazing. Great use of local fresh when it is in season. Watch for fresh roasted vegetables in the pastas. I'm not sure what they do to them but they are very good. Perfect salads. Excellent dressings and fresh seasoning (what is that oregano blend in the mediteranian salad??) Handmade egg ribbon pasta is very good. Anything with the wild mushrooms is great. If they would cook for me everyday I could go vegetarian, but maybe not as the chicken & shrimp are very nice too. Excellent food and service. The servers and owners are friendly and accommodating. Don't hesitate to dine alone here. Professional yet cozy atmosphere and interesting people watching too. Ask for Audra, Ruby or Jen.
Relax and Enjoy. An amazing find. Prima is not loud or trendy, it is simply good. The butternut squash ravioli with pear and pine nuts is pitch perfect. The caprese had amazing mozarella. Our waitress was friendly, accomodating and quick with sating our appetite for still more bread! The wine list is great, by my estimation. This is the restaurant where you go to unwind, have amazing food and wear pretty much whatever you want. Can't wait to return and try something else.
A neighborhood restaurant with a "destination place" feel.
Whether you are heading there for lunch in the middle of the week or spending your anniversary there, it is fantastic. I have trouble getting anything but the pasta with clams in wine sauce because it is just that good!
Great staff, warm atmosphere.
Great appetizers- Wonderful wait staff..
My friend and I stumble upon the restaurant--what a lucky find. The food was wonderful--butternut squash pasta with pears and pinenuts was amazing; roasted beet salad was terrific and the calamari was light and flavorful--not greasy and rubbery
The service was also wonderful. Salmon, chicken risotto were all recommended and I look forward to going back.
average at best. Nothing special about the food. The fusili polo really had no flavor. The roasted beet salad was only canned pickeled beets. Al Vento is much better for the same price. Service was good though. Once was enough for me.
Great food and outstanding customer service.
My husband and I eat at Prima on occassion because we love their food. We were there again the other night and decided to try the crab artichoke dip. We didn't care for it. When the waiter asked about it we commented on the overpowering lemon taste to it. Within seconds his manager was over recommending another appetizer. She took away the dip and within minutes we had the roasted garlic in front of us. That was great! We were so impressed with the service. Our entrees were great too.
We also call ahead to order paninis to pick up and eat at home. They make for a great dinner at home. I'm so happy to have such a great restaurant in our neighborhood!
Great for everyday quality italian food. Prima's looks pretty unassuming from the street outside, but once you're inside it's a quaint, cozy little place. There is a large bar and a few tables--even on a Wednesday night the place was busy. There isn't an extensive wine menu, but we got a great bottle of red for $20. We started with the crab artichoke dip, which was just ok. For dinner I had a goat cheese/red pepper ravioli with pancetta, which was a little salty (prob the pancetta), but it was still so good, perfectly al dente, and fresh that I finished it. Salmon was also good. And some of my friends got a rotini con pollo that they substitued for angel hair--they loved it. I would recommend this place for a lunch or dinner before a movie. It's not fancy, it's not the best italian you'll ever have, but the service was great, has good price points, and a menu with a lot of variety.
Very good food, ask the cost of drinks before ordering. We made a 7 pm Friday reservation and were seated within 5 minutes. I think it helped we were a party of 2. The dining room was crowded & noisy but we could carry on a conversation without raising our voices. Our server was prompt & friendly but too way too wordy. She indicated they had a red (nondsicript) wine on "special" that we ordered. Unfortunately, I neglected to ask the cost. The Mediterranean salad we shared was wonderful. Our meals were hot, fantastic and huge! (one entree shared would have been more than adaquate for us) It was a shame to waste all that food but we were staying a a local hotel and couldn't take a doggie bag. The red wine, as I said, was OK but definately not "special" until I got the final bill for $10 per half full glass. Shame on me for not asking. If I pay $10 or more a glass I expect a nice wine not one out of a carton, which is what this red tasted like. We probably will go back but I don't think I will be interested in any of the servers chatter about "specials" because they seem to be cheap and overpriced. We don't get into Town often for a night out and $40 for drinks isn't a big deal but it really irks me that I was "taken" by Prima's zeal to increase profits. As I said the food was fantastic, maybe they should re-think this marketing strategy.
Great local Italian restaurant. This is a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. We always bring people from out of town here - quite a surprise for a restauarant in a strip shopping center. It gets quite busy on the weekends, but the staff is always lovely. I have dreams about the chicken risotto, and many of the pastas are excellent as well.
Great Customer Service.. Very simply the food was good but not great. The service was wonderful and the setting is a very nice homey italian feel. The only strange thing is that they don't have a cappuccino machine. Recommended, but not top of the heap.
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