FOR FLAVORFUL AND AFFORDABLE Italian bistro fare at any hour, Prima of South Minneapolis is always a fantastico choice. Most of Prima’s tasty pasta dishes are $13.95 (there are also meat and fish dishes, panini, and antipasti), the service is swell, and the ambience is warm and convivial (if a bit elbow-to-elbow) in Prima’s arty faux-painted dining room just south of Minnehaha Creek.
Until recently, Prima offered a deal for fashionably late diners (namely, a “2 for $28” prix fixe seating) that made its fare something of a steal. But like all indie restaurants barely hanging on in a rough economy, Prima may have found its deal cut too deep. The good news is that Prima is still serving up 10 or so delectable pastas nightly at “everyday value” prices, including a marvelous butternut squash tortellacci that beats anything at the higher-profile (and dare we say overrated) Broder’s. It goes nicely with Prima’s delicious roasted pear salad.
Prima Italian Bistro | 5325 Lyndale Avenue S. (Boulevard Commons, two doors down from Kowalski’s market) | 612-827-7376