Ciao Bella

3501 Minnesota Dr. Bloomington, MN 55435 •(952) 841-1000ciaobellamn.com

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As business park restaurants go, Ciao Bella is tops. A dubious distinction for certain, but should you find yourself in the vicinity, don’t bother trucking all the way in to the city for some grub.

That’s not to say that everything is stellar, but I’ve eaten here at least a dozen times and thus have my order down to a science. First, I always start with their heirloom faro salad. It is so light and fresh and delicious. It makes me smile just thinking about it. But perhaps I’m smiling more as a Pavlovian response because what always follows is more on the heavy side. The Tagliatelle Rossa. Basically a variation on a Veal Bolognese that’s so consistently great you’d be hard-pressed to find a better pasta dish in the Twin Cities, and that includes the one with foie gras meatballs at Eatery 112.

Dessert is the only weak spot, as I have never had anything that I absolutely love, so quite often we head down the road to DQ and get a Blizzard.

Other plusses are the outdoor seating area which is very nice and the service has always been extremely friendly- but that’s to be expected pretty much everywhere I’ve been in Minneapolis.

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