My wife and I had an awesome experience last night at I Nonni. It was her birthday dinner and our server, Jay, made it such a lovely and memorable experience. He paired our food with wine flawlessly and brought us Proseco and calamari to start our amazing evening of delectable delights. We each enjoyed the $45 build-your-own tasting menu and felt it was a very good value. I won t bore you with every minute detail of what we ate, but let me just say that every dish was perfect. The scallops were plump and juicy and melt-in-your-mouth perfection. My wife said that they were the best scallops she has had since she left Los Angeles four years ago. We will definitely be going back as often as our finances allow. And hopefully, Jay will take care of us every time.
This has to be one of the WORST Italian restaurants I've ever been to in my life, and the worst value ever. The food is extremely overpriced for what it is, some of which looks and tastes like it came out of a can. I've had lightyears better Italian food at places like DeGidios or even Olive Garden. You could eat at DeGidios four or five times for the cost of one meal here and at least you would know your meal won't taste like garbage. Even fast food places can be better than this. I had the Linguine con Cozze e Vongole which did not include the swordfish it claims to have on the menu. The artichokes were hard, tough and discolored and tasted like they came from a can. My husband got the Cappelini alla Napoletana which was swimming in a pool of water, as if they hadn't drained the canned tomatoes. It was so bad he couldn't finish it. Some boiled Ramen noodles would have looked more appetizing.
I should have known it was a bad sign when the restaurant is located next to a gated suburban compound with all the charm of a cookie-cutter golf course or a Sam's Club parking lot. If you go here you are paying huge prices for the simulated lavishness of the room rather than for edible food. It must be pretty expensive to replace all those battery-operated candles on the tables. Even Burger King has better food than this place. Avoid Osteria I Nonni like the plague!
I was not happy with my dinning experience last Friday at i nonni. It was our 10 year anniversary and my wife picked your restaurant because we have eaten there before and we liked it. I called and made reservation weeks in advance and told them that it was our 10 year anniversary and she said she would make a note of it.
We arrived and I checked in and we went to the bar for a drink. When we were finished with our drink we went to be seated. The booth we got was next to the kitchen. There were nice tables next to the window but I guess calling weeks in advance gets you a booth next to the kitchen.
As for the food, my wife and I have found that ordering the prepared course by the chef shows off their talents. This was not the case that night. The awards on the wall did not reflect our dinner. The food was nothing special and could have easily been prepared by anyone who has ever cooked even the most basic foods. We also ordered the wines that go with the dinner. Even more disappointment, you served us Rose’, where you out of White Zinfandel? For 50 dollars I should order a bottle, it would have to been better.
As for the waitress, she did have many tables but she always seemed to be in a rush to leave the table. We would have to ask what we were being served.
I would have to say that there are much better Italian restaurants in the Minneapolis St. Paul area. We will not be going back any time soon.
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