RedRossa Italian Grille now open in Bloomington

Categories: Now Open

Debbie Tallen
Red Rossa is attached to the Best Western on the south side of MOA
RedRossa Italian Grille, the newest venture from WR Restaurants, which owns fifteen restaurants throughout the Midwest, is the company's first Minnesota location.

RedRossa highlights affordable Italian & American Cuisine, featuring "the finest ingredients, prepared in the tradition of old-world Italy, in a comfortable and festive atmosphere." The Hot Dish attended a media dinner at the new restaurant to try a few of their offerings. Here's a look at what we found:

Debbie Tallen
Chef Carl Littlejohn was the opening chef at Ike's downtown, and also helped open that restaurant's airport location. He's now the executive chef at RedRossa. His enthusiasm for the restaurant was clear as he led us on a tour of the kitchen.
Debbie Tallen
The crown jewel of the kitchen is the wood stove, which reaches 800 degrees and fires up tasty pizzas in just a few minutes.
Debbie Tallen
Our lunch started with the wild mushroom truffle arancini, a crisp risotto bauble containing wild mushrooms, fontina cheese, and truffle oil, served on a dollop of roasted tomato ragout. Those who aren't fans of mushrooms can still enjoy this appetizer. The mushroom flavor is barely detectable, and for a fried dish, it wasn't too heavy or greasy.
Debbie Tallen
The bruschetta (toasted rustic bread, fresh Mozzarella, basil marinated tomatoes, shaved Parmesan and a balsamic reduction) was fresh and crisp, with a pleasant peppery bite from the few Arugula leaves served on the side, and a touch of sweetness from the drizzle of balsamic.
Debbie Tallen
Our favorite dish was this spicy chicken and shrimp Romano, which mixes generous curls of sumptuous shrimp and tender, moist chunks of chicken breast with penne pasta, wild mushrooms, and crisp slivers of scallion in a spicy Romano cream sauce, with sun dried tomatoes adding a smattering of color.
Debbie Tallen
The Gorgonzola chicken gnocchi is a very heavy dish, suitable for only the hungriest of hippos. Gnocchi is always dense with carbs, and RedRossa goes even further by breading and frying theirs. The Gorgonzola cream sauce is rich and generous, making this dish a calorie bomb worthy of an ultramarathoner.

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Debbie Tallen
The desserts we tried were quite good, especially the caramel sea salt panna cotta, and the chocolate cake with cappuccino ice cream.

RedRossa is open for lunch, happy hour (3-6 daily), and dinner. Through July 31st, $1 from every lunch or dinner entree will be donated to the North Minneapolis tornado recovery fund.

RedRossa Italian Grille of Bloomingtong
1901 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington
RedRossa's website

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Had dinner there last night, lots of parking, lots of room, excellent food!


We had lunch here today and I thought it was very good.  I feared it would be too expensive, but was pleasantly surprised.  The ambiance and decor are very classy.  The lunch combos are a great value.  For eight bucks you get a salad or soup with an entree.  I had a caesar salad and an Italian panini.  The salad was fresh with shaved parmesan and the panini was excellent.  The bread was flavorful and hearty and the ingredients were sublime.  Fresh mozzerlla, tender meat, perfectly seasoned.  If you appreciate delicate flavors and skilled preparation I don't think you'll be disappointed.  I plan to return with my wife for dinner.  This place deserves to be much more crowded than it was when I was there.  The staff was on the ball too.

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

This place is huge! The menu has a nice spread, something for everyone. I tried the Pollo Redrossa and it was pretty flavorful.The herb grilled chicken paired very well with the goat cheese. The noodles could have used more pomodoro sauce for my liking, but in no way did it take away from the flavor of the dish, its just a preference for my tastes. Fresh baked bread before the meal with some olive oil suits me just fine. They are pretty tucked away right off the Killebrew exit for the mall, so I recommend anyone visiting the mall should stop by here and fill up before hitting the shopping. They also have a new hotel connected to the restaurant if you are in town visiting. I'll have to try the Napoli pizza next time.

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