Broder’s Pasta Bar. It is one of my favorite places in the city. It’s intimate, rustic, good Italian food. Their house-made pastas are truly some of the best around. Their sauces are exquisite. Their food is prepared with quality ingredients and great care. I’ve been going there for years, which is saying something because I love trying NEW places. It takes something special to bring me back over and over again. Broder’s has that something.
I recently visited for a food tasting. The “Fresh Off the Boot” tasting featured meats, cheeses, antipastos, wines, oils, vinegars, sweets, and more, all straight from Italy. On a normal visit, however, I head to the Pasta Bar for something like the tagliarini di Locanda del Lupo, which is a housemade pasta with prosciutto di Parma, truffle pesto and cream. Yes, it’s quite nice. Beyond, really.
If you are in the mood for something more casual, however, you can head over to Broder’s Cucina Italiana. This deli-style eatery is also owned by the Broder’s family, and is just across the street. The Cucina features grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, meats, cheeses and pizzas. Their store is also jam-packed with all the awesome stuff I wrote about on Tuesday.
Yes, if you like Italian food, you must go to Broder’s.
BRODER’S PASTA BAR & CUCINA ITALIANA:: 5000 Penn Ave, Minneapolis | Final notes: go to the Pasta Bar on date night, and the Cucina with the family • stock up on Italian provisions at the store • eat on the patio on a summer’s night • buy a bottle… their wine list is impressive! • save room for dessert
If you happen to visit Broder’s during normal business hours, I’d encourage a stop into Paper Hat Co. just next door. This brand new shop is something like a brick and mortar Etsy. It features made by hand goods that are original, fun, and totally fresh.