Need more pizza in your life? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top pizza sources in Saint Paul, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs. 1. Mama's Pizza Topping the list is Mama's Pizza. Located at 961 Rice St. in North End, the Italian and traditional American spot, which offers p...

Red Rabbit, the new casual Italian restaurant on Grand Avenue, probably isn’t where you would go for your anniversary dinner. And owner Luke Shimp is fine with that. Shimp would rather the restaurant, which serves pizzas, pastas, a few entrees, an approachable but really good wine list and some darn good cocktails, be an everyday place wheregroups...

The year was 1998. Two years before Xcel Energy Center opened, an Italian restaurant hung up an awning near the St. Paul Hotel, and hoped it would last a couple years. Now, Pazzaluna is an icon of the downtown St. Paul dining scene. “It was a risk, leaving my job at the hotel to come here,” said Patti Summers, a St. Paul native who started her rest...

Looking to chow down on some Italian fare? A new restaurant has you covered. Called Red Rabbit, the new arrival is located at 788 Grand Ave. in St. Paul.  From owners Luke and Tracy Shimp, also of Red Cow, this place features brunch, lunch and dinner menus in a space that includes exposed brick, charred cedar planks and dimly lit fixtures for a coo...

As Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated across Minnesota with parades, powwows, and feasts, it is worth revisiting the fact that a memorial to Christopher Columbus stands on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol enshrined by the power of the state. Some who know of the memorial, most prominently Native American activists and their allies, hav...

Many new restaurants have opened in Liberal in the past few years and recently, one restaurant announced its return to the Liberal area.  Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, which was in Liberal for a few years back in the early 2000s on U.S Hwy 54, recently announced its reopening, this time in the Landmark building.  “We started in Texas and slowly move...

The Twin Cities food scene is definitely something to boast about, especially when it includes a catering service with recipes straight out of Italy. Richard and Larry D’Amico started D’Amico Catering in the 1980s, when they opened their first locations in Minneapolis, D’Amico Cucina and Azur. As sons of Italian immigrants and second-generation res...

When his high-profile Brooklyn restaurant closed, Rikki Giambruno knew the time was right to move back to his home state of Minnesota and open his own place. This summer, Hyacinth (hyacinthstpaul.com) — an ode to his personal history — will take over the space of the former specialty shop Golden Fig (790 Grand Av., St. Paul). Golden Fig (goldenfig....

On a July day in 1908, 17-year-old Carmine Thomas Simplegio Pitera set sail for America, joining his brothers and a wave of Italian immigrants. His arrival in a new country called for a new name, at least in the eyes of immigration officials at Ellis Island: Carl Pedro. Pedro started a small shoe-repair shop that grew with time, evolving into a dow...

J.D. Fratzke and Matty O’Reilly have been busy. Between summer 2016 and March 2017, they opened two restaurants, Red River Kitchen and Bar Brigade. And now they’ve added Delicata, a casual Italian eatery in the Como neighborhood of St. Paul helmed by Noah Barton (former executive chef at Chino Latino). The newest member of the family has a lot in c...