You enter the lobby of this former Albrecht's, and the thick,
black velvet curtains draw your eyes up to the vaulted ceiling.
A sleek staffer draws the curtain, and you have two options: a
hip, smoldering mass of 20-somethings in the lounge to your right,
or a jaw-dropping, richly appointed room filled with refined diners
to your left. Let your trustworthy, confident server lead you
through the meal.
831 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 333-7000
Often at places this trendy, the food is an afterthought--not
this Neo-Italian fare. Start with the shrimp and scallops, shockingly
luscious seafood bits set in a lemon-herb-Pinot Grigio sauce that
will make you go wild. Hands down, the tender, herb-encrusted
pork loin is one of the best items on the menu. Dessert? Treat
yourself to the meltingly good budino, a warm chocolate ganache
cake with ice cream by Executive Chef Jason Gibbons.
Rick Webb, the owner of Zelo and Ciao Bella
in Bloomington, has recently open a new restaurant in the Bonaventure
shopping center in Minnetonka. The name is Bacio. Sumptuous-looking,
a skilled blend of contemporary and traditional, American and
Italian are the work of a unique collaboration between Webb and
a partnership of architects, designers and crafts people, many
of whom labored on Webb's two earlier restaurants.