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Vita-MN
VITA-MN'S 5 MOST INFLUENTIAL
2006-2011

"The former punk-rocker made fine dining safe for normal people.... "...Nancy St. Pierre--[Isaac] Becker's wife and partner...runs the front of the house...with her expansive smile...." "...food-driven dining experience, full of character and ambience, but minus the snoot.." "...one of the first to make brilliant food...more affordable and come-as-you-are casual....."

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Bon Appetit
THE 10 BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA - 2010
"...temple to the Italian carb of choice...." "Must Order...gnocchi with cauliflower and orange...crab ravioli..."


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BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
2010
"...chic architecture and art give the room a heady buzz of urban living." "...Isaac Becker and...Nancy St. Pierre, run the restaurant with the same casual sophistication of their beloved 112 Eatery."


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Food & Wine
BEST NEW ITALIAN SPOTS
"...the most thrilling new places all across America..." "Minneapolis: Bar La Grassa"


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James Beard Award
 
WINNER
BEST CHEF - MIDWEST
ISAAC BECKER
 
JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
BEST CHEFS IN AMERICA
Nominated for 4 Consecutive Years
"Chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence..."

Star Tribune
BEST CHEF IN MIDWEST
ISAAC BECKER
"...named Best Chef: Midwest by the James Beard Foundation...." "Becker accepted the award with his beaming wife and co-owner, Nancy St. Pierre, at his side...."

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MEET JAMES BEARD WINNER ISAAC BECKER
"Here's his take on being a winner at the Oscars of the food world."

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Travel & Leisure
AMERICA'S BEST ILALIAN RESTAURANTS
"The husband-and-wife team of James Beard Best Chef Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre followed up 112 Eatery with this fantastically popular restaurant in the Warehouse District serving fantastic cured meats, pastas, and small plates."

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Star Tribune
2009
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
"...Bar La Grassa stands out above all newcomers." "Adventure-in-the-making? Oh, yeah." "...you've either got it or you don't, and Bar La Grassa has got it." "With Nancy St. Pierre at the helm, it's no accident that the restaurant boasts one of the most hospitable crews in town."

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MplsStPaul Magazine
2012 ANNUAL CRITICS' PICKS
OF THE TOP EATERIES
"Bar La Grassa...one of the hottest reservations in town." "[Isaac Becker's] creative pasta and snacky bruschetta have become definitive plates in our eating scene."

2012 READERS POLL

TOP RESTAURANT IN MINNEAPOLIS
CHEF OF THE YEAR - Isaac Becker
[Best] ITALIAN

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Reviews / In The News
 
MplsStPaul Magazine
BEST RESTAURANTS 2010:
CRITICS' TOP 10

"Another winner from Isaac Becker..." "...Becker and his team have a knack for creating dishes you crave..."


TC_Pioneer Press
TWIN CITIES 10 BEST DISHES OF 2009
"Gnocchi with Cauliflower" "...light little pillows..." "...a perfect combination of flavors."

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MplsStPaul Magazine
BAR LA GRASSA
EDITOR'S CHOICE
"...big, vibrant haute Italian haunt... " "Dishes range from Italian classics to inventive creations, some elaborate, others stunningly simple..." "Spend like a pauper yet eat like a king..."


CityPages
DRINK OF THE WEEK:
Bar La Grassa's White Spider

"Bar La Grassa is a place that just feels good. Really good..." "This restaurant just has got it going on." "...the White Spider received unanimous votes."

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TCMetro
QUICK REVIEW
"...of course it's good. It's great." "...comprehensive yet tightly executed menu..." "...LaGrassa offers up so much value, it’s almost more expensive to cook at home—and let’s face it: yours isn’t going to be nearly as good." "...LaGrassa is everyone’s current pick for where they want to eat..."

Star Tribune
BAR LA GRASSA
"Monday is often the restaurant industry's sleeper night. Except at Bar La Grassa." "The most compelling seats just might be the dozen or so that line a counter facing the busy kitchen. That's where I plan to park myself in the not-so-distant future, gleefully eating up and down that pasta list."

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Jmaes Beard Foundation
JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
2010 Semifinalist
BEST NEW RESTAURANT



Minnesota Monthly
2010 READERS' CHOICE
RESTAURANT AWARDS
BEST NEW RESTAURANT


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MplsStPaul Magazine
BEST OF FOOD + DINING 2009
NEW RESTAURANT
"...leader in its class." "...fresh and original, yet authentic..." "...all served up in a buzzy room with a fresh, inviting vibe."


TCDaily Planet
BAR LA GRASSA:
FOOD, ROMANCE AND THE ROMANCE OF FOOD

"I love Bar La Grassa..." "...the food is the romance." "...the big show isn't music or dance - it's the open kitchen, facing the pasta bar." "The menu is perfect for the gastro-adventurous, beautifully presented and full of novelty..." "...a thoroughly enjoyable experience - and quite reasonable..."

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MplsStPaul Magazine
CHOW AND AGAIN

"One of the best new restaurants in San Fran...reminds me of local restaurants like 112 and Bar la Grassa."

TCMetro
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
"...opened...to rave reviews two months ago." "...uncanny sense of what the public desires..." "...thrums with authenticity, affability, polish and value." "understated elegance in its stylish-yet-comfortable room that seems somehow appropriate for any occasion." "Overall, it’s just the kind of restaurant we need right now."


TwinCitiesLive
JAMES BEARD NOMINEES
"In the world of cooking the award to strive for is the James Beard Award." "Emily met up with Isaac Becker...and found out some surprising things "ot;ot;


CityPages
THE BEST NEW TWIN CITIES RESTAURANTS OF 2009
BAR LA GRASSA
"The much-maligned lima bean has never tasted so good..." "a bowl of Bar La Grassa's gnocchi...may be the best preparation in the Cities."

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MplsStPaul Magazine
BEST RESTAURANTS 2010:
CRITICS' PICK:
BEST SERVICE



CityPages
BAR LA GRASSA:
TRENDIEST TABLE IN TOWN
"...dream-team roster of Twin Cities restaurateurs." "Nancy St. Pierre, runs the front of the house with...warmth and professionalism" "...an Italian version of a Spanish tapas bar:" "Imagine Grandma roaring up in a Maserati..." "...pork ribs were better than those at most places that call them their specialty."

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MplsStPaul Magazine
BEST RESTAURANTS 2010:
5 CRITICS' PICKS

"...Bar La Grassa...is...the scene..." "...casual and cool..." "You wanna get a piece of this."


Star Tribune
WHEN CHEFS COOK AT HOME
"...weekend meals don't necessarily include elaborate dishes with unusual ingredients."

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ourVoices
TALKING WITH MINNESOTA'S JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARDS NOMINEES: ISAAC BECKERbr />
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Star Tribune
TEN UNFORGETTABLE DISHES
"Gnocchi with cauliflower..." "...delectable layers..." "...proof that slow and steady really does win the race."

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Heavy Table
IN BRIEF
"Bar La Grassa...caters to a diverse crowd" "...financially attainable for frequent dining." "...the food and service provided were both top-notch: The menu caters to diverse tastes, while the waitstaff accommodate the most experienced fine diners and more casual customers alike." "Just over a week in, Bar La Grassa has already hit its stride."

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MplsStPaul Magazine
NOVEMBER HOTLIST
"Our five picks of must-visit restaurants..." "1. Bar La Grassa The 112 Eatery of Italian food."

 
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