We've got plenty of delicious restaurants of all kinds in Minnesota. But apparently, none of our Italian restaurants measure up to the standards of Italian restaurants elsewhere in the country! Ridiculous, I know, but according to this list from Thrillist, one of the best Italian restaurants in the US is one of our next-door neighbors.

Over in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin is one of the country's best Italian restaurants. It's called Ristorante Bartolotta. Just looking at pictures of the outside makes me want to check it out. The outside looks like a castle!

And the inside looks like a beautiful place for a date night or a nice dinner with family and friends. They added a courtyard, La Terrazza, in the past couple of years for amazing outdoor dining in the warmer months.

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Juan Urbieta is the executive chef and general manager of the restaurant. He's won multiple awards for his work so there's no surprise that his restaurant has been called one of the best in the country.

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Based on their website it looks like when you go to Ristorante Bartolotta you get a four-course meal. You'll pick Un Antipasto (small starter appetizer), Un Primo (a small pasta course), Un Secondo (the main course), and Un Dolce (a small dessert). All of the food sounds and looks incredible. And of course, they also have an extensive wine list. I mean, you're at one of the best Italian restaurants in the country, you HAVE to order wine.

I'd love to hear about your favorite Italian restaurant in southeast Minnesota! Chat with me on the app and let me know.

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