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Prima Italian Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2016, 2018 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
US$12 - US$30
CUISINES
Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Menu

ANTIPASTI‏
Cup $4.95
Bowl $5.95
Soup of the Day
Cup $4.95
Bowl $5.95
Tomato & Artichoke Soup
$6.95
Bruschetta
Roasted garlic,‏ tomatoes, tapenade, basil, ricotta cheese
$4.95
Almond Crusted Ricotta Dolce
Crispy fried‏ fresh ricotta w/ our own king family farm wildflower honey, mango salsa
$7.95
Grilled Italian Sausage
Crispy polenta cakes, pepperonata
$8.95
Burrata
Fresh mozzarella filled w/ cream & served w/ extra virgin olive oil, chives, tomato jus, crushed red chiles & focaccia crostini
$6.95
Grilled Beef Skewers
Gorgonzola dipping sauce, baby arugula-tomato-red onion salad
$9.95
Crab Cakes
Sun dried tomato vinaigrette, shaved fennel & micro greens salad
$6.95
Prima's Original Roasted Garlic
Cambozola cheese, crostini, pear chutney
$8.95
Fritto Misto
Crispy breaded calamari, shrimp, artichokes, sweet bell peppers, red onions, lemon-caper aioli
SALADS
$5.95
Entree size $+3.00
Gorgonzola Cheese $+1.00
Single crab cake $+4.50
Caesar Salad
Garlic croutons, parmesan cheese
$11.95
Gorgonzola Cheese $+1.00
Single crab cake $+4.50
Roasted Chicken Salad
Bacon, grapes, celery hearts, gorgonzola cheese, arugula, mixed greens, gorgonzola-herb vinaigrette entree size
$8.95
Entree size $+5.00
Gorgonzola Cheese $+1.00
Single crab cake $+4.50
Caprese
Heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil
$6.95
Entree size $+4.00
Gorgonzola Cheese $+1.00
Single crab cake $+4.50
Roasted Pear Salad
Baby spinach, cranberries, spiced pumpkin seeds, hazelnut-apple cider vinaigrette, shaved pecorino Romano
$8.95
Entree size $+5.00
Gorgonzola Cheese $+1.00
Single crab cake $+4.50
Our Family Farm Greens
Raised w/ care & hand harvested daily from our farm in Waconia, Heirloom Farmhouse tomatoes & balsamic dressing
$7.95
Entree size $+5.00
Gorgonzola Cheese $+1.00
Single crab cake $+4.50
Italian Chopped Salad
Grilled chicken, genoa salami, Italian ham, chick peas, bell peppers, red onion, pepperoncini, asiago, herbed vinaigrette
$7.95
Entree size $+5.00
Gorgonzola Cheese $+1.00
Single crab cake $+4.50
Mediterranean Salad
Baby spinach,‏ tomatoes, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, red onions, English cucumbers, feta cheese, hearts of palm, spicy parmesan oreganata, herb vinaigrette
PANINI‏
$10.95
Mixed greens salad
Caesar salad
Panini Al Bistecca
Thinly sliced roast beef, Brie cheese, spinach, caramelized onion, on a ciabatta roll
$10.95
Mixed greens salad
Caesar salad
BLT Panini
Living water gardens tomatoes, romaine, bacon, aioli, pesto on stirato bread
$10.95
Mixed greens salad
Caesar salad
Panini Di Pollo
Grilled chicken breast, asparagus, roasted tomato, pesto, fontina cheese, on stirato bread
$10.95
Mixed greens salad
Caesar salad
1/2 lb. Angus Burger
Grilled to order, topped w/ provolone cheese, portabello mushroom salsa, bacon. Served w/ choice of caesar salad, mixed greens salad or garlic-parsley fries
$10.95
Mixed greens salad
Caesar salad
Panino Italiano
Genoa salami, Italian ham, roasted peppers, sun dried tomato pesto, provolone, ciabatta roll
$10.95
Mixed greens salad
Caesar salad
Tuscan Chicken Salad
Avocado, roasted tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, balsamic reduction on a focaccia roll
$10.95
Mixed greens salad
Caesar salad
Panino Di Portabello
Portabello mushroom, caramelized onion, arugula, cambozola cheese, sun dried tomato pesto on Pullman bread
All Panini are lightly toasted sandwiches, served w/ a side of mixed greens or caesar salad
PRIMI
$11.95
Rigatoni alla Rustica
Sweet Italian sausage, Swiss chard, caramelized onions, piquillo peppers, garlic cream, ricotta salata
$12.95
Whole Wheat Ziti
Wild mushrooms, leeks, roasted Brussels sprouts, spinach, lemon-truffle cream
$12.95
Bucatini al Amatricana
Rustic & thick, hollow spaghetti w/ a sauce of tomato, bacon, sage, onion & pancetta
$12.95
Fettuccine Puttanesca
Fresh fettuccine, seared beef, capers, olives, roasted tomato, roasted peppers, crushed red chiles, red onion, red wine, olive oil
$12.95
Spaghetti con Speck e Tartufi
Fresh spaghetti,‏ radicchio, caramelized onion, thyme, sarvecchio parmesan, crispy speck & white truffle oil
$13.95
Linguine al Chorizo Gamberi
Shrimp, Spanish chorizo, grilled artichokes, piquillo peppers, scallions, white wine, salsa verde, extra virgin olive oil, crispy capers
$12.95
Butternut Squash Tortellacci
Sage brown butter, almonds, caramelized pears
$8.95
Shrimp $+6.00
Capellini al Pomodoro
Angel hair w/ fresh basil, tomatoes, garlic, parmesan
$10.95
Rotini con Pollo
Roasted chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, cream, mushrooms, parmesan
$10.95
Linguine alla Sorrentina
Oven roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, spinach, aged pecorino di puglia
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All reviews pasta butternut squash antipasti salmon service was excellent lovely restaurant roasted garlic local favorite strip mall a great evening visiting minneapolis food was amazing nice atmosphere twin cities primo lyndale neighborhood
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

We absolutely love this place. Need a quick bite - they do an amazing carry out option from their menu. Want that cozy restaurant with great food - then dine in. Need to feel healthy - know that much of the produce is grown locally...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BShedd
Reviewed 30 October 2018

Went here for wife's birthday. It was Sunday evening and they close at 9:00p.m. A bit early for my liking. The pasta was excellent, I had the Mahi Mahi and it was very good. Pricing is mid to high range. Parking is available in back...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Robert G
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Prima is one of my favorite neighborhood Italian restaurants because the food is always perfectly prepared to order and reasonably priced; the pasta is freshly made; the service is professional, and the ambiance is cozy. Much of the food is grown or raised on the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Pamela N
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

What a lovely restaurant. Ambiance 10 service 10 food 10. All ingrediants were so pure. Not one negative.Ok they did not have bottled sparkling water ;) We really had a great evening and will be back for sure.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Lenemetien
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Prima Restaurant sits seemingly unnoticeable on 53rd & Lyndale Ave in Minneapolis. It is next to what use to be the Boulevard Theatre, so I think if you are not looking for the restaurant, you are likely to miss it. And that is very sad!...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank SMStadnik
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

In this neighborhood, restaurants fill up fast, and Prima is also a local favorite. How they differ from the competitors is speed. Within minutes of ordering, pasta dishes can be delivered. It may take longer for other items, but the pasta always comes quickly, and...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Lv-Explorin
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

I live in the area and occasionally eat here. Reliably goid food, nice atmosphere, and friendly staff.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank DavidS560
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Came here with family including two young children to celebrate my brother and mother‘s birthdays. We had a great experience! The waitress that we had was wonderful, unfortunately I do not remember her name. She was excellent with the children. She worked with us to...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Brenna R
Reviewed 17 December 2017

Prima has been a go-to place for us for years...until this past week. In the course of being served, the waiter spilled a bottle of wine on my wife! Duly embarrassed, he was, but the problem began when the female maître 'd stepped in, presumably...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Ignatius56
Primampls, Owner at Prima Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Please email me directly @ primapasta1@gmail.com or call Prima at 6128277376. I would like to speak with you. Thank you, Jennifer Jackson-King, Owner. I am aware of your experience, I did not however, realize that you were not taken care of that evening. We would...More

Reviewed 30 October 2017

What a fantastic place! The setting is small (seats 55) which adds to the charm. The food is typical Italian fare but what sets it apart are the amazing flavors of the dishes. Don't hesitate to order the daily special. I did and was delighted...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Teresa S
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Elaine F
30 December 2015|
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Response from ljl64 |
It says "call ahead," (they mean just before you come) but I emailed them about 5 days ahead of time (we had a party of 10) and they accepted a reservation.
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