Owned by local restaurateur Tim Niver, Mucci’s Italian is one of the best new restaurants to come to the Twin Cities. In a tiny, unmarked brick building in St. Paul, you’ll find incredible food and service in a beautiful, yet unpretentious setting. With lacquered wood tabletops, black leather banquettes and chairs, the cozy glow of golden light fixtures, and a pristine marble bar, Mucci’s is everything a classic Italian red sauce joint should be.
The menu is focused, with made-from-scratch food. All of their fried Montanara-style pizzas are worth getting for the table, topped with ingredients like peppadew peppers, boquerones, and even fried chicken. The fresh pasta is balanced, presenting a toothsome al dente chew, with a soft and supple mouthfeel. The Lasagne Mucci is described on their menu as ‘layers of love,’ and that’s not a lie. It is one of the best versions of the dish I’ve ever eaten—saucy but not sloppy with rich flavors and texture. It’s what your grandmother’s lasagne always wanted to be.
786 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Photographs by Jason Albus.