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“Hands down the best grilled shrimp I've ever had!”

Bellisio's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar
Ranked #12 of 263 Restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Classic Italian dinning and Wine Spectator award winner since 1999 Bellisio’s restaurant conjures up images of highly skilled chefs, fine wines, superb service, and fresh Italian food. And while all this is most certainly true, one must not forget that Bellisio’s is above all an experience. An exceptional dining experience, to be precise, but one that takes place in a casual atmosphere reminiscent of the quaint eateries and wine bars of the Italian countryside. And no wonder. The experience is fashioned after the small village of Bellisio, Italy, home to the owner’s ancestry. Imported direct from Italy are the beauty, comfort, romance, and glorious recipes. Specialty dishes include perfectly prepared pasta dishes using the finest imported and local ingredients; fennel roasted rack of pork; homemade risotto dishes; grilled steaks; shrimp; seafood; and a fresh catch feature every day. All served with a world class wine menu to match. Bellisio’s has received Wine Spectator’s prestigious “Best of Award of Excellence” every year since we opened in 1999. It’s a simple, colorful, elegant, and exceptional dining experience.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We went to Bellisio's for the first time on Sunday, 9/1/13 when we visited Duluth with another couple who had been there many times. Parking is right in back of the restaurant and there's a $4 fee, but you're given a coupon to have the fee refunded if you order an entree at either Bellisio's or Grandma's Saloon.
Bellisio's patio is small and noisy because of its location right on Canal Street so we chose to go inside. We arrived during happy hour and we sat at a high-top in the bar and enjoyed glasses of wine with the focaccia and olive oil that our server brought while we decided what to eat. David, our server, was very good about explaining the dishes and preparations and patient as we went back and forth on what to choose.
We had eaten a substantial lunch so my husband and I decided to share an appetizer of Grilled Shrimp and Fried Green Tomatoes. Here's the description from the menu: "Four jumbo shrimp marinated in olive oil, garlic, lemon, and fresh thyme, then grilled and served over mixed baby greens with polenta-crusted fried green tomatoes topped with garlic dipping sauce". The shrimp are skewered on a rosemary stem for extra flavor during the grilling. OMG--shrimp are one of our favorite foods so we've had them every which way, but those shrimp had great flavor and were grilled perfectly with a little char. The greens were dressed lightly with a tasty citrus vinaigrette, and the sauce on the fried green tomatoes was smooth and garlicky--I cleaned up every bit of it off the plate with my bread.
I prefer fried green tomatoes that have been dusted with bread crumbs mixed with oregano and parmesan, but the polenta crust was fine and the tomatoes were cooked perfectly. We asked our server to bring another skewer of the shrimp and they were just as good as the first ones.
Our friends shared the Fettuccine Alfredo and invited us to try a taste. It was creamy and flavorful and our friends said it's the best they've ever had in any restaurant so one of them has it whenever they come to Bellisio's.
Happy hour is in the bar on Sunday through Thursday from 3 to 6 and apps are $3 off, wines are $2 off, and beer is $1 off. Prices are a bit higher than in many restaurants, but the quality of the food is high and the happy hour specials help out a bit and sharing an appetizer or an entree makes it more affordable.
We would go back in a heartbeat.

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Thank MaryJo822
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We stopped in thinking we would just have a drink and ended up having dinner. They have a patio which was full - it was a beautiful day - so we sat inside. The bread is good. The service was prompt and friendly. The risotto was very good and so was the chicken fettucine. We would return to Bellisio's.

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Thank Debra M
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Had dinner last night at bellisio's in Duluth Minnesota. Wasn't terribly Hungary so ordered an appetizer of grilled shrimp, argula salad and polenta crusted fried green tomatoes. It was just perfect for a light meal. We sat on the patio and weather was perfect. The service was very good and timely. The ginger and Jameson was very tasty and only $4.50! The Canal park area doesn't have a lot to choose from and this was a nice respite. Especially for those of us who were not traveling with children. There were none on the patio which in a very family area was kinda nice.

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Step in out of the bright sun to a cool, and low light dining area or eat outside. The food is good, the service excellent. Celebrate a special occasion or just stop in for a good meal. A little on the high end price of restaurants.

Thank Jayne-Annie
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Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

I was not impressed. It's pricey considering that the food wasn't that great. I ordered green fried tomatoes as an appetizer. The polenta coating on them killed the dish. It was over coated and raw when served to me. I couldn't even taste the tomatoes. As my entree, I ordered the fettuccine Alfredo pasta with shrimp. It was just average. The sauce was too buttery/oily. I will not visit this place again. Oh, I forgot to say, that we spend $50 including tip and a $4 discount for parking next to Bellisimo. My husbad had a bruschetta as an appetizer, and spaghetti for his Entree. We had just water to drink. That would be a good price for LUNCH ( which is was what we had) only if the food was good. My husband came here sometimes when he lived in the boonies and it was an agreeable alternative to Tim Hortons (he does not like food chain restaurants.) However, I think that Tim Hortons is not looking so bad after today.

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Thank Tochi4ever2000
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