by Jeremy Iggers | June 8, 2009 • That classic American lunch combo, the grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup makes a surprise appearance on the lunch menu at Risotto, the new Italian trattoria on Lake Street just east of Lyndale.
|Iggers Digest is the blog of Jeremy Iggers, the TC Media Alliance’s executive director. Jeremy is also the creator of TCFoodies, a local food networking site.|
Luckily, it’s a lot more sophisticated than the usual Velveeta and Campbell’s version. Chef-owner Gabriele Lo Pinto (formerly of Arezzo in Edina) uses a rustic Tuscan bread, fresh mozzarella and pesto, in his grilled panini, and accompanies it with your choice of either spring greens or a light and savory minestra of tomato flavored with basil. At $6, it’s really quite the deal. Other panini options range from portobello with sun-dried tomato, spinach and asiago ($5) to a grilled chicken breast, red pepper and Fontina ($8). Four pastas are also offered on the lunch menu ($10-$15). Alternately, you can make assemble a pretty good lunch by combining an antipasto – such as the vongole guazzetto (small veraci clams in a lively San Marzano tomato sauce with toasted garlic bread ($6), and the mixed greens salad with almonds, apples and raisins ($5). I’d like to go back for an evening visit to sample the namesake risotto dishes ($13-$19), offered on the dinner menu only – if you get there before I do, please add a comment or post a review on this blog. Risotto Italian Restaurant, 610 W. Lake St., 612-823-4338.
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