Welcome to Risotto

New Years Eve 2011

primo (choose one)

-polpettone di faggiolini   traditional green bean soufflé served with melted asiago cheese and garnished with greens
-zuppa di lenticchie   house made lentil soup garnished with extra virgin olive oil and parmigiano
-insalata di arugula   arugula salad with fresh sliced portobello mushroom dressed with balsamic vinaigrette and garnished with shaved parmigiano.

secondo (choose one)

  -fettuccine alla aragosta in salsa rosa   house-made black-ink fettuccine noodles tossed with garlic, lobster meat, zucchini and tomato in a light pink cream sauce.
-costiglie di manzo alla milanese   black angus short ribs braised with red wine, rosemary and thyme served on a bad of saffron risotto and garnished with asiago

dolce (choose one)

  -panna cotta al cioccolato   creamy vanilla custard served with warm melted dark chocolate auce and garnished with strawberries
-affogato al caffè (drowned)  2 scoops of Edina Creamery's vanilla-bean ice cream drowned with a shot of hot espresso

Risotto is Gabriele Lo Pinto's dining establishment in the heart of South Minneapolis's thriving Lyn-Lake neighborhood. Bold flavors and classic ingredients make our menu an accessible choice for lunch or dinner. Menu items range from risotto, our signature dish in 4 made-to-order varieties, to an array of authentic Italian appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts.

The intimate dining room is splashed in warm yellow and crimson with elegant dark wood detailing, creating a comfortable atmosphere for casual dining. There is ample and affordable public parking within the neighborhood: metered parking, plus several pay-lots and some free street parking.

Straight from Italy!

Introducing Roero Arneis from Pertinace in Peidmont.  We have added this fantastic white to our list from one of our favorite producers.  This 2009 DOCG wine is made with the intriguing arneis grape that is softly squeezed at low temperatures.  It has an elegant nose of flowers and acacia honey with a soft, dry taste; nicely savoury and long on the finish. 

Featured Wines

-Saracco Moscato D'Asti, DOCG  
Moscato d'Asti is a unique wine where the beautiful aromas of the grapes are enhanced by a crisp, nice acidity, a light fizziness and the sweetness of the natural residual sugar.  The low alcohol content makes it a very easy, pleasant wine perfect to finish a meal with dessert.
24- (375ml)

-Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ
Gooseberry aromas with a wonderful mix of pineapple, citrus and passion fruit notes are ripe, fragrant and refreshing and an enticingly long palate. 90pts

-Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG    
Solid fruit notes of wild blackberry, bluberry, raspberry and dark cherry emerge initially on the nose, gradually yeilding to more pungent inpressions of sage, rosemary, vanilla & cinnamon.  That spiciness segues onto the palate &  then into a finish that ends with a flourish of balsam, black pepper & cocoa powder.  The mid-palate shows alcoholic warmth and roundness, while the tannins & acidity are noticeable, adding to the wine's overall harmony.