Acqua's Ragu alla Bolognese: 100 Favorite Dishes

As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, The Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to hotdish@citypages.com.

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Ariella Schreck

No. 39: Acqua's Ragu alla Bolognese
It's not *quite* warm enough to pack away the hats, scarves, and long underwear for the season, so you'll have to hold off on your visions of watermelon daiquiris, canoe trips, and suntanned legs. At least the still-chilly temps mean there's time to indulge in one of our favorite hearty treats, ragu alla Bolognese. Acqua, whose kitchen and front-of-the-house are run by Chris Whalen and Daron Close, formerly of the now-shuttered Uptown Campiello, serves an excellent version of the famed Italian sauce. It's slow-cooked for about four hours, and knocks out a triple play of umami-rich flavors between the meat, tomato, and Parmesan cheese. And even if the ragu alla Bolognese comes off the menu when the weather warms up, Acqua's pretty lakefront patio is still worth a trip.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi
No. 99: Eclair at Butter
No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica
No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe
No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya
No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep
No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen
No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French
No. 92: Kafé 421 Signature Dips
No. 91: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill
No. 90: May Day Cafe Croissant
No. 89: Dowjic at Babani's
No. 88: Osso Bucco at the Modern Cafe
No. 87: Chef Shack Hot Dog
No. 86: Adult Mac & Cheese at Good Day Cafe
No. 85: Ropa Vieja at Victor's
No. 84: French Toast of the Dead at Chino Latino
No. 83: Uni at Origami
No. 82: Bagel at Common Roots
No. 81: Jasmine Deli's bánh mì
No. 80: Pho 79's bò cuốn lá nho
No. 79: Sweets Bakeshop's Kettlecorn Cupcake
No. 78: D'Amico Kitchen's Chicory Salad
No. 77: Be'wiched Deli pastrami sandwich
No. 76: La Grassa's lima bean appetizer
No. 75: Bulldog NE Tater Tots
No. 74: Pop's Swedish Meatballs
No. 73: Hot Plate's Caramel Apple French Toast
No. 72: Grand Cafe's Ham and Cheese
No. 71: Galactic Pizza's Thailander
No. 70: Jackson's milk chocolate gelato
No. 69: Patrick's Bakery and Cafe's tiramisu

No. 68: Punch's Chopped Italian Salad
No. 67: Red Stag's Smelt Fries
No. 66: Mancini's Grilled Garlic Bread
No. 65: Uptown Bulldog's Chicago Dog
No. 64: Crema Cafe's Sorbet Spritzer
No. 63: Matt's Bar Jucy Lucy
No. 62: Baker's Wife Doughnut
No. 61: Bar Abilene Guacamole
No. 60: St. Paul Cheese Shop Cheesemonger
No. 59: Fasika Vegi Sampler
No. 58: Sen Yai Sen Lek Lettuce Wrap
No. 57: Saffron Mini Lamb BLT
No. 56: Dominguez Family Restaurant Green Salsa
No. 55: D'Amico Bottomless Glass of Wine
No. 54: Pizza Luce Spinach Salad
No. 53: Barbette's Mussels
No. 52: New Scenic Cafe's Triple Berry Pie
No. 51: Birchwood Cafe's Cobbler
No: 50: Tanpopo's Mackerel Teishoku
No. 49: Town Talk Diner's Frickles
No. 48: La Sirena Gorda Ceviche
No. 47: Spring Grove Soda
No. 46: Subo pork candy
No. 45: Cocoa & Fig Carrot Cake Cookie
No. 44: Kramarczuk's Holubets
No. 43: Midori's Udon Noodle Soup
No. 42: Key's Caramel Roll

No. 41: Blue Door's Jiffy Burger
No. 40: Om's Wild Salmon

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Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar

4453 Lake Ave. S., White Bear Lake, MN

Category: Restaurant

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