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I Nonni is a lively and award winning Italian restaurant nestled in the heart Lilydale, MN. Our chef acquires the freshest and finest ingredients to craft the seasonal menu. The dining room offers our patrons an intimate and classy atmosphere with superb, attentive service. For the casual guest our bar has ample seating and allows the diner to choose from the same seasonal menu. I Nonni specializes in authentically inspired Italian cuisine that changes with the season. An extensive all Italian wine list along with a full bar featuring regional Italian spirits and grappe, I Nonni truly offers their patrons a complete and delightful dining experience.
$31 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed August 7, 2020

We celebrated an anniversary here and had dinner on the terrace. Social distancing was more than adequate; the terrace is attractive, nicely planted, and looks out over a small pond in a high-end townhouse development. Service was great--pleasant, helpful, and friendly--and the food was tops....We had calamari to start--crispy, perfectly prepared. Then, on to a big salad which we split--fresh greens, excellent. Then, pasta cacio e pepe--just the right amount of peppery, cheesey sauce, very tasty; and finished our dinner with tiramisu, sweet and luscious! We ordered several glasses of their Roero--a terrific dry Italian (of course!) white wine, not often seen on menus. The entire occasion was delightful. I Nonni is a great place to go for a special; meal--it's a little pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020

Probably one of the best happy hour places in the Twin Cities. Upscale and fairly quiet. A great place to meet and discuss or have a nice late afternoon outing.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed January 26, 2020 via mobile

Overall good. Excellent wine list. Wines by region. Atmosphere is good, a little loud. Avoid the tan chairs, cushions and springs are shot. Chair frame digs in. Food: Bruschetta was good, nice flavor. But bread was a little hard for our tastes. Pumpkin ravioli with...pork belly was excellent. Capellini with Scallops was also good. Service was very attentive.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed November 20, 2019

Once a year I attend a meeting in St Paul that involves a dinner event. This year it was at Osteria I Nonni. Our group of about 15 had excellent service and food and the evening was most enjoyable. One big plus- we could hear...ourselves talk, not always possible when eating out these days. Lovely atmosphere, knowledgeable wait staff who gave great service without being intrusive. All meals came out about the same time, and well presented. Appetizers for the table were also a hit, wines were nice and overall, a great evening.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 22, 2019

After visiting for a work/hor de ors event, I opted to return few months later for a normal dinner. Was not disappointed. The food was great, albeit seeming a bit on the salty side. Service was fantastic; honestly, really good. Great place.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

The food was excellent and the service was top notch. Recommendations were good on the wine and food. The lamb chops were wonderful.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

We chose I Nonni as the place to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary based on photos of their sweet dining room and their wonderful wine list. We all were in town for a niece’s wedding so we weren’t familiar with the dining scene in St...Paul but our instincts told us that I Nonni would be a great spot for the 5 of us. We wanted great food, great wine, great service and a very comfortable setting where we could get dressed up to match the occasion. We got it and more. A few days before our anniversary my brother who, with his wife were gifting us the wines for our dinner, called the sommelier to discuss what might best meet the preferences of our group. He told me he had a terrific conversation with Tom, the General Manager of I Nonni, and out of that they narrowed down what we might eventually choose. I can tell you that from the Champagne to the white to a sublime Tuscan Sangiovese red we had, those wines met and exceeded everyone’s expectations. The food? I suppose I should mention it, cause it was terrific! We each started with a tempura battered deep fried squash blossom stuffed with burrata cheese and garnished with roasted red bell pepper sauce. All of us had salads. I wish I could remember what others had for their main courses but I was so preoccupied by my wonderful Veal Saltimbocca that I didn’t take note. But everyone was still raving the next day when we attended our niece’s wedding. Please note this isn’t the kind of place where you get spaghetti with meatballs so you should look on their website for their seasonal menu to see the type of cuisine they offer. Service was very good. Clearly we were in no rush and we were never made to feel as though we were taking too long. Coffee and some liqueurs finished the evening. But as the old song goes, “The song has ended but the memory lingers on.” I wish we lived closer so we could patronize I Nonni regularly. But our group was from NH, GA and MI. So next time we’re in town... next time.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 12, 2019

My husband and I are delighted we decided to celebrate 33 years together with our first visit to the best Italian restaurant we've tried in the Twin Cities area. It began with the specially printed menus commemorating our occasion. Steve provided friendly and graciously efficient...service throughout the evening. The Insalata di Cetriolo was as unusual and delicious a salad as I've eaten. Both of us enjoyed our outstanding entrees: the Saltimbocca and the grilled lamb loin chop. The desserts were excellent. It was all more than worth the price, and we are looking forward to our next visit.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 24, 2019

First is the good. The atmosphere was wonderful. It's been a long time since I ate at a restaurant with white tablecloths. The dining room was elegant and not obtrusive. The waitstaff was superlative - they were really good sports. And of course, the calamari...was an almost surreal experience. It was that good, with large rings and tentacles, lightly breaded with just the right amount of seasoning and no sauce to hide any mistakes - there weren't any. All of those are A+ in my book. Then is the rest - not so bad. Good, in fact, but somewhat lacking in characteristics that would elevate the dish to the highest level. I had a fettucine with alfredo sauce, ham and pea shoots. It was very good, but the pea shoots were tough and stringy, and definitely past their prime - it's time to say goodbye to pea shoots, alas. I would rate my dish a B+ My wife had the corn gnocchi with house cured bacon and burrata in an anchovy sauce. Every thing was pretty good, except the bacon was so strongly flavored that it affected the rest of the dish. For that, I give the dish a C. Both dishes did not measure up to a standard of excellence. I thought they were still pretty good, but not worth the expense of ordering again. We shall return. The bottom line is that we liked I Nonni enough to try something different the next time, knowing that the quality will be thereMore

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 11, 2019 via mobile

Happy Hour is fabulous! The small carafes of wine, the MUSSELS, bread...salads....Perone beer on tap perfect! Everyone was happy! The service was delightful.

Date of visit: April 2019
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