Minnesota, United States Food Guide: 10 Italian food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Saint Paul

September 4, 2019 Jacquiline Delozier

Find out what Italian restaurants to try in Saint Paul. Saint Paul has been called the last city of the East primarily because early developers built it to fit Eastern standards: city squares or parks, towers and turrets, lofty arches, Baroque domes and elaborate adornments abound. Ideal for families and those who like to explore on foot, the capital of Minnesota offers big city attractions with small town manageability. It's an easy and scenic stroll along the banks of the Mississippi River from the Children's Museum to the Science Museum. The kids (and the young at heart) will love them both. Nearby are the grandiose State Capitol, designed by esteemed architect Cass Gilbert and the historic Como Park, which includes lovely picnic areas, a zoo and a conservatory. Also in the mix are modern museums, stately old mansions, interesting natural wonders and unique shops to browse around. Be sure to check out the stellar collection of contemporary works by local artists at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. From four-star luxury to affordable and family-friendly, Saint Paul offers a variety of lodging and dining possibilities making it a great destination for all tastes and budgets.
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10. Caffe Biaggio

2356 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55114-1853 Italian Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service +1 651-917-7997 http://www.caffebiaggio.com
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4 based on 97 reviews

Caffe Biaggio

Reviewed By Whitebear134

Love this place! The best Italian restaurant in the Twin Cities! Excellent red sauce, meatballs are fantastic and the sausage is one of a kind from Chicago. Had lasagne with sausage and mushrooms in a rich red sauce and it was so good! Spaghetti and meatballs are another favorite! Cocktails and Italian wine selection are also great. Finish with a wonderful selection of desserts!

9. Mucci's Italian

786 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-3414 Italian, Pizza, Asian Dinner Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible +1 651-330-2245 http://muccisitalian.com/
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4 based on 99 reviews

Mucci's Italian

Reviewed By Mo649

Got in to Lake St location on second night. Almost everything was superb: burrata, lasagna, calzone, mafaldine, service, beer and Prosecco (on tap! What?)Only letdown was gnocchi appetizer; while cooked perfectly, that whole pickled garlic sauce just came off weird.Had to wait 45 min for a table but wandered the area. All good here!

8. Punch Pizza Highland Park

704 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116-1319 Pizza, Italian Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer +1 651-696-1066 https://punchpizza.com/locations/highland-park/
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4 based on 132 reviews

Punch Pizza Highland Park

Pizza like you would get in Italy! Punch serves authentic Neapolitan pizza cooked in 900 degree wood-burning ovens in a blistering fast 60 seconds. Punch has been recognized as a top pizza restaurant both locally and nationally since opening in 1996. Punc

Reviewed By Staehlin

We've (my daughter and I) have been there twice; we ordered a variety of pizzas and salads and appetizers. There is nothing necessarily wrong with the food (and it's inexpensive), but overall it was bland. The margarita especially, which is probably their staple, was burnt too unevenly and the ingredients didn't didn't seem to be especially flavorful. Especially the sauce. The crowd was a bit suburban for my tastes (as if all of Apple Valley - boring! - was in that night).

7. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

2728 Gannon Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55116 Italian Dinner, Lunch Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +1 651-772-4388 https://locations.bucadibeppo.com/us/mn/st--paul/2728-gannon-rd?store=2302&utm_source=yext&utm_campaign=local-listing&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=partner-listing
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3 based on 142 reviews

Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

If you are looking for an Italian Restaurant in St. Paul, MN then come to Buca. Our Italian Restaurant serves Authentic Family Style Italian Food. When you want plentiful portions of the best tasting Italian food, you better go to Buca. Located on Gannon

Reviewed By 3620

We arrived all 10 of us and out table was ready for us. We had excellent waitstaff. We started with two appetizers; bruschetta and calamari. Both were very delicious. Then we had the green apple salad. This was superb. We had a variety of entrees to fill everyone’s taste. We were not disappointed.Of course to dessert with tiramisu and the brownie sundae. We were all happy.The hit for the restaurant is all the artwork, so much to see.Thanks for a nice time for our family.Thank you, 3620, for the rave review! At Buca, we strive to provide delicious, authentic Italian food and world-class service, so we're happy to see that reflected on your visit! We appreciate you sharing such wonderful feedback about your entire dining experience! Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review and for giving your visit to Buca a 5-star rating. We look forward to seeing and serving you again soon!

6. La Grolla

452 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727 Italian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +1 651-221-1061 http://www.lagrollastpaul.com/
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4 based on 323 reviews

La Grolla

Reviewed By itsashleyskelly

I went with a friend to dinner on a Saturday night (with a reservation). While the menu is extensive and food delicious, the service was soooo slow. We were there for two hours and had one drink total. The patio is one of the best in St. Paul. Definitely recommend the ambience- just might try for it on a weeknight instead

5. Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant

360 Saint Peter St Corner of 5th and St. Peter in downtown St. Paul, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1512 Italian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +1 651-223-7000 http://www.pazzaluna.com/
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4 based on 683 reviews

Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant

Italy's abundant and diverse food styles are represented and sampled throughout the year at Pazzaluna. The many culinary faces of Italy's distinct regions find their way to Pazzaluna's cucina daily. Seasonal influence is always projected, as are the artis

Reviewed By Marjorie P

A group of us had dinner in a small room at Pazzaluna, ordering from a limited function menu, which contained interesting choices. The service was very good; wait staff responded quickly and efficiently when one customer knocked over a glass of wine. The food was very good (I’ve enjoyed every meal I’ve had in past years in Pazzaluna) and the dessert, crème brulee, was scrumptious, as acknowledged by the five people at my table. And because the restaurant is across the street from the hotel where we stayed, we cold enjoy a second glass of wine or an a dessert wine with the crème brulee.

4. Punch Pizza Grand Ave

769 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105-3307 Pizza, Italian Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating +1 651-602-6068 http://punchpizza.com
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4 based on 165 reviews

Punch Pizza Grand Ave

Pizza just like in Naples, Italy! Punch Pizza serves authentic Neapolitan pizzas cooked in 900 degree wood-burning ovens in a blistering fast 60 seconds. We use only the highest quality ingredients to make our pizza. Our tomato sauce is simply crushed tom

Reviewed By Kuvasz15

The service was FAST! The pizza was tasty and there is a large array of options for your add ons. The crust is very good but it is a bit moist for my taste. If it were cooked an extra 30 seconds I would have enjoyed it more. Next time I will ask to cook it a little extra! Thanks for the review. Next time ask for the pizza to be "Punch Dry". The cooks will use less olive oil and tomatoes which makes the pizza less wet (but still delicious). Let us know what you think!

3. Mama's Pizza

961 Rice St, Saint Paul, MN 55117-4950 Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 651-489-2005 http://mamaspizzaparlor.com/
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4 based on 109 reviews

Mama's Pizza

Reviewed By Fastphilad

A local Italian restaurant with excellent food. The pizzas looked good but we had an Italian sausage sandwich. Think it was called a Diego. If you are not super hungry split it. It was huge and we still took some home not very big but it is a home cooking food at its best. Prices are very reasonable.Definitely a hidden gem. We went there early so we didn’t have to wait. Not very big but I guess it’s always busy. Went there on the recommendation of our son.

2. DeGidio's Restaurant & Bar

425 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2730 Italian Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Ta [email protected] +1 651-291-7105 http://www.degidios.com
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4 based on 215 reviews

DeGidio's Restaurant & Bar

DeGidio's is an old-school St. Paul Italian American restaurant with a killer marinara recipe and a budget-pleasing menu.

Reviewed By minnesotans4

My husband grew up in a suburb of St Paul and this restaurant has been a local favorite for years. We haven’t been here for awhile and simply forgot how good their Italian food was. In Italy, my husband searches on the menu for the robust sauce that he loves so much which can be found here a short distance from home! I ordered the lasagna covered in sauce and was quite delicious.Our server, Heather, was attentive which we appreciated.We won’t wait so long to return!

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1. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

2728 Gannon Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55116 Italian Dinner, Lunch Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +1 651-772-4388 https://locations.bucadibeppo.com/us/mn/st--paul/2728-gannon-rd?store=2302&utm_source=yext&utm_campaign=local-listing&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=partner-listing
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3 based on 142 reviews

Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

If you are looking for an Italian Restaurant in St. Paul, MN then come to Buca. Our Italian Restaurant serves Authentic Family Style Italian Food. When you want plentiful portions of the best tasting Italian food, you better go to Buca. Located on Gannon

Reviewed By 3620

We arrived all 10 of us and out table was ready for us. We had excellent waitstaff. We started with two appetizers; bruschetta and calamari. Both were very delicious. Then we had the green apple salad. This was superb. We had a variety of entrees to fill everyone’s taste. We were not disappointed.Of course to dessert with tiramisu and the brownie sundae. We were all happy.The hit for the restaurant is all the artwork, so much to see.Thanks for a nice time for our family.Thank you, 3620, for the rave review! At Buca, we strive to provide delicious, authentic Italian food and world-class service, so we're happy to see that reflected on your visit! We appreciate you sharing such wonderful feedback about your entire dining experience! Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review and for giving your visit to Buca a 5-star rating. We look forward to seeing and serving you again soon!

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