Scusi restaurant, located in the heart of St. Paul's historic neighborhoods, caters to an after work crowd of neighborhood people. If they didn't have the neighborhood factor, I don't know that I'd go back.
The bar is a lively spot where you might run into someone you know. The bartenders are farther than usual away from the folks at the bar, and it's easy for them to forget about people. We sat at the bar and the service was super slow. A very busy night, booked in the restaurant as well as the bar, which has great seating options available. The hostess made sure I knew that I didn't have a chance to get into the restaurant, although when we arrived, there was a table ready to depart, and a waiting list. Two hours later, we never heard from her.
We ordered a variety off the menu. The salad was very crisp and light, with lots of good veggies. The pasta carbonara, ordered without ricotta, seemed to be a sticky mess of nothing but ricotta cheese and overcooked spaghetti noodles served lukewarm. The other dishes lacked flavor and a certain amount of freshness you might expect from a real restaurant with a haughty yet upscale, vibe. Won't be doing anything but having a salad next time.
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