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Review of La Grolla

La Grolla
Ranked #31 of 951 Restaurants in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Number one wife has put up with me for well over half a century so why not treat her to dinner? La Grolla has positive memories for us and off we went to celebrate.

Once again Lisa was our waitress (third time in a row) and as on past occasions she did well. Too hot to sit outside so we were placed at a window table and watched the world troop by as we reminisced on our lives and joys.

Number one ordered her usual - Crab Cakes with a side of asparagus - and I ordered Veal Scallopini. The crab cakes were good ( a hint of spice) and the asparagus was grilled just right. My veal was on the chewy side. Good flavor but I had to work the molars a bit too much. Nice desert of Tiramisu.

Will return.

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Thank Thaddeus W
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Reviewed 8 August 2018

We were looking for an Italian restaurant in St. Paul and came across La Grolla. We figured it was good as it was very busy on a Monday night and were right. The staff was amazing, both friendly and very professional. Any of them that passed our table before we were served checked to make sure someone had taken care of us. The wine was great and the food excellent. We had the rigatoni and the appellini with salmon and were very satisfied. The desserts are excellent as well. You get what you pay for and it is all good.

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Thank Rick R
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Reviewed 31 July 2018

We ate here with friends while visiting St Paul. It was a busy day but they found a quiet outdoor table for all of us. Everyone's entrée was deemed excellent and the wine was very tasty. Pasta dishes are quite large so plan on taking home leftovers. It was a warm day but the staff was cheerfully doing their jobs. Would definitely return here.

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Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

Great Italian dishes with extra Mediterranean twists. Nice wine list, desserts looked stunning, but due to lousy service, we just couldn't stay that long. I spoke to the waiter, told him that lack of attention left our wine glasses empty way too much, attention that will make no money for either the restaurant or him. Clearly he was hired for model looks, not experience. Meanwhile, two Huspanic support staff worked the room like true pros. Their English may have been limited, but they belonged out front as servers, the pretty boys should have been filling water glasses. I gave the waiter a paltry trio, then tipped the two support staff separately in cash. Moral of the story: if the food is lousy, no one cares about the service; but when food is terrific - and kinda spendy - bad service brings the whole dining experience down. You've got an opportunity for a twofer there, Grolla: promote real diversity, based on great performance instead of window dressing. Reward the back room minority staff for their superior professionalism, and now you've got social equity driven by performance that's an equal to that great menu. Any questions?

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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend! Delicious food, excellent wines, lovely atmosphere for winter or summer, and the service we had couldn't have been better. Staff was hustling in extremely warm temps that evening and still kept smiling. Very impressed!

1  Thank Linda W
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