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“Solid and flavorful”
Review of Va Bene Caffe

Va Bene Caffe
Ranked #3 of 261 Restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Family owned and operated, fresh from-scratch Italian. Not your nonna's trattoria. Pastas, salads,pizzas, steak, fish, fresh baked desserts and gelato. Full bar, fantastic wine list and specialty cocktails. Perched overlooking Lake Superior with the best views of the lift bridge and harbor. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We had a flavorful meal. If you want large portion sizes, you'll be disappointed. The lake side room is pretty packed in with tables; you will hear the table's conversation next to you. But I'd go back again for sure...the cheesecake is stellar, as is the gelato. The paninis were very good, did not love the house Italian side of potato salad..would rather have had some good home made potato chips. Nice wine list and excellent starter bread. Prices are decent.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

I loved this place. This is a cool, not fancy, a little noisy, a little close spot with terrific pasta. Pasta dishes are $11-19 all sounded terrific, split a big Caesar to start and have a couple of pastas with wine - charming evening. It's right on Lake Superior so we watched a sailing regatta as we at dinner. Wednesday nights bottles of wine are 1/2 price, sweet.

There are three seating areas, an outdoor porch/patio overlooking lake superior where we sat, an enclosed patio overlooking lake superior and and inside section without a view that looks sort of hip and bistro like but my goodness you are in Duluth - wait to watch the lake if you can! Tables are close together so keep your voice down and don't eves drop too much, not fancy but nice. This is a sweet gem of a place.

The food was very good. I gave it 4 stars because it isn't a 5 star restaurant and it's Pasta after all. But it was very excellent food for pasta, the price and location! The Caesar was as expected crisp, clean nicely dressed with good croutons. The pastas as described interesting with lots of different options, tasty and filling. On item #2 the sausage is sliced rather than crumbled - my preference is for crumbled but it was still very tasty. Large portions. The meal comes with very good rosemary bread served with balsamic vinegar and very tasty olive oil.

Bottom line go here rather than some dumb chain! This place is priced like Green Mill, Pizza Luce, Old Chicago in Canal Park and has MUCH BETTER Food & Ambiance. Don't be a rube go here for a good Italian supper! Drink the wine, enjoy the view, have fun.

They take reservations however you don't need them. I called at 6:45 to see if we could get reservations for this evening. They said "first available at 8:30, but they do take walk-ins and the wait is 20 minutes". We arrived a bit after seven and waited only 5 minutes and got a great place on the outside patio - It's Wednesday I'm probably lucky but definitely worth stopping by even if you don't have reservations.

Kyle was a cute and attentive sever and my sense was others were equally skilled.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We had a romantic dinner here, with deliciously fresh Italian dishes, great wine, and attentive, lovely wait staff. The view of Lake Superior was an added bonus. I recommend it!

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Wow! We each got a dish and couldn't help picking from each other's plates, it was so good! Sit out on the patio/balcony if possible for a great view of Lake Superior. It is a small place but we had no problem getting a table for 3.

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We had reservations for 5:30 pm and walked in fashionably late. Parking near the restaurant was somewhat limited so you may want to catch a cab or a reliable hotel shuttle. No problem as they were very accommodating to our request to be seated in the outdoor cafe with a spectacular view of lake superior and the lift bridge. The menu choices were excellent. The wine was parred well with the food selection. Everything was fresh. The pasta bar selection was exceptional. The house sauce was to die for. The red pepper sauce appetizer was awesome as was the Italian dessert. Watching large ships, sailboat and charter fishing vessels was very entertaining. We look forward to a return visit to this wonderful dining establishment.

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