VENUE DETAILS

Trattoria Tosca

Price:

$$$

Cuisine Type:

European, Italian

Serves:

Dinner

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

Rating: One Star One Star Half Star No Star

REVIEW

It feels like forever since Harvey McLain began teasing his customers with the prospect of a restaurant next door to his original Turtle Bread Co., so I checked: The Strib's archive revealed that an item on the subject first appeared in 2002.

The ensuing years were peppered with occasional talk but little action, and then suddenly this spring, boom, Trattoria Tosca appeared, seemingly overnight. Seriously, when I dropped by for a quick peanut butter-chocolate chip cookie fix at the Linden Hills bakery, the space was as dormant as ever, but then, somehow, a few weeks later, the joint had been transformed into a fully functioning restaurant.

To run his kitchen, McLain tapped an insider: Adam Vickerman, who was doing admirable work across town at the helm of McLain's Cafe Levain, making him perhaps the only 23-year-old in Minneapolis culinary history to have directed not one but two restaurants of note.

Vickerman has subsequently celebrated a birthday, and when it comes to his cooking, he's often a very mature 24. His menu, which changes frequently and pays close attention to seasonal availability, follows an approachable format, with just a few starters, four pastas sold in two sizes, four entrees, a handful of side dishes and several desserts.

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