RedRossa Italian Grille – Bloomington

Restaurant Week began today in Minneapolis.  For those of you that are not familiar with the concept, basically it is a week in which many of the locally popular restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus at a heavily reduced price, as a way to attract new patrons.  Lunches are priced between $10 and $15, while dinners are priced between $20 and $35 for a multi-course meal.  If you would like to check out the selection of local restaurants offering deals, here is the link:
Restaurant Week 2016 – Minneapolis

I digress… Today for lunch I visited RedRossa  Italian Grille in Bloomington.  It is located attached to the Best Western across from the Mall of America.  While not a chain restaurant, they do have another location in Pierre, SD.

The restaurant itself has a very nice upscale atmosphere.  When I went there for lunch today, there were very few other patrons, which led to a nice, quiet meal.  They pride themselves on authentic Italian-American dining, with house-made pastas, and wood-fired pizzas.  So why am I reviewing a hamburger at an Italian-American restaurant? Because they have burgers on the menu! (And because I don’t write for a pasta-reviewing blog, duh!)

Their menu has three different burgers: the House Burger, the Bruschetta Burger, and the Killebrew Burger.  All three burgers boast “Charbroiled Certified Angus Beef®”.  For Restaurant Week, RedRossa was offering a special burger option: the Bravo Burger.

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RedRossa’s Bravo Burger (charbroiled Angus Beef, capicola, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, garlic herb butter)

RedRossa’s Bravo Burger features the same charbroiled certified Angus Beef that the other burgers include, but also have on it capicola (which is a traditional Italian slice of cured pork cold cut), provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, and a hunk of garlic herb compound butter.  Check out the picture – that isn’t a hunk of cheese on the top of it; it is a slab of butter, which melts into a delicious sauce that adds to the light flavor of the capicola.

The burger patty itself had a great char flavor, and was plenty juicy when cooked medium well.  According to our waitress, the buns are house-made.  I found it to be a nice soft, lightly-toasted bun.  It is better than most restaurants’ hamburger buns, but not quite as good as the St. Agnus buns that Burger Burger uses.

Here is my scoring of the burger:

  1. Burger Patty Flavor: 4.5 out of 5
  2. Overall Burger Flavor: 5 out of 5
  3. Burger Juiciness: 4 out of 5
  4. Bun Quality: 4 out of 5

Overall: 4.375 out of 5

I would recommend this burger, and am anxious to try the other hamburgers that are on their menu.  If their burgers are this good, I would really love to try their pasta dishes.  I will be back, for sure.  Only question is, will it be a burger next time, or pasta? (The shrimp ravioli are calling my name…)

If you would like to visit RedRossa Italian Grille, you can check out their website here:
RedRossa Italian Grille

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