Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Reetsy Reviews: Broder's Pasta Bar

I don't think a lot needs to be said about Broder's Pasta Bar in Minneapolis. It seems everyone loves it. Everyone wants to eat there. On the off chance that you've missed Broder's, or weren't aware of their commitment to local foods, here's a little nibble for you.

To start with, you can learn about Broder's and their commitment to local foods on their web page:

"Executive Chef Michael Rostance and Broders' are project partners with City Fresh Produce, a youth program in the Phillips neighborhood, sponsored by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Kaleidoscope that introduces young people to organic gardening, sales, and marketing."

"Mr. Rostance has been a member of the Slow Food Society since 1999. He has combined his love for authentic Italian regional cuisine with a dedication to the use of seasonal, local and sustainably grown products. Riverbend Farms, Thousand Hills Cattle, Hill and Vale Farms and Star Prairie Trout Farm are just a few of his regular suppliers."

As for the dinner we had recently? It was awesome, as usual. And a GREAT date night deal at a mere $26.00. They've got an amazing "After 8" special at Broder's:

"After 8pm" Sundays through Thursdays
two choices of the following pasta:

  • penne rosa al rosmarino
  • penne puttanesca
  • spaghetti carbonara
  • stringozzi spoletina
  • fettuccine alfredo
  • tagliatelle bolognese
add: Italian sausage (hot or mild) or mixed vegetables $2.50
add: chicken $3.50
add: proscuitto di parma $4.00
add: shrimp $5.50

Olive appetizer
Seasonal Salad for two
1/2 bottle of daily selected Italian wine (red or white)


The olive appetizer is a simple presentation of assorted olives in a bowl with assorted bread on the side.

Our salad was a delightful blend of
mache and arugula with blood orange, pomegranate seeds, shaved Parmesan, and olive oil dressing.

We couldn't resist the clam appetizer (not included with the special):
little neck clams soaking in a white garlic-y brine. Here's the thing about the clam sauce at Broder's: I want to eat it with a spoon. It's that good. Seriously. I enjoyed my clams with a glass of Carpene Malvolte prosecco.

I opted for the
penne puttanesca with hot Italian sausage for my entree. Spicy, with salty anchovy and caper goodness, this puttanesca aims to please! *wink* It's a Neapolitan blend of macerated plum tomatoes, hot red pepper, anchovy paste, sliced kalamata olives and plump capers. And the sausage does pack a bit of heat.

Gerg ordered the
fettuccine Alfredo with chicken. The surprising element to this dish was the copious amount of lemon used in the preparation. A truly surprising element in the rather traditional Alfredo.

We topped off our dinner with two small cannoli for dessert (also not included with the special): one filled with gianduia cream with hazelnuts and the other filled with sweet ricotta with pistachios.

Vive bene, Spesso L'amore, di risata molto!

Broders' Pasta Bar
5000 Penn Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419-1035

ps - no reservations. Call an hour in advance to add your name to the waiting list.

[where: 55419, Local Foods, Minneapolis, Twin Cities, Minnesota]

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