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St. Paul Loves Italian
I knew this was going to be a fun story when I discovered that this family owned restaurant was started after Prohibition by a guy nicknamed ďKid Bullets.Ē So, Joe ďKid BulletsĒ Degidio, started this restaurant with the profits he made as a successful bootlegger. You gotta problem with that? I didnít think so. Although the Mob connections are long gone, the great Italian food and reasonable prices have stuck around since the Thirties. Whatís not to like, eh?
DeGidios is a nice place to sit and talk, do business, or share some hearty Italian food with friends and family. I mean, these guys ainít messiní around, you know? They import their pasta from Italy. And as it should be, the house specialties are Spaghetti and Mostaccioli. That hasnít changed in seventy years. And once youíve had it, youíll understand why. Whose gonna mess with a good thing? Another favorite with the regulars is the Sloppy Hot Dago, a sausage patty in an Italian bun smothered in sauce and mozzarella cheese. If thatís not enough of a reason to check this place out, you canít find an Italian item on the menu that costs more than $7.95. Even a writer could afford to eat here regularly.
Obviously, as with any specialty restaurant, they offer some American fare for those five people in Minnesota who donít like Italian food. This includes a ten-ounce Walleye fillet for $13.95, a choice ten-ounce Sirloin Steak, also for $13.95, and a few other items. But Iím telliní ya, these guys know Italian! And when it comes to dessert, again, the deal is incredible. You have a choice of Spumoni, Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, or Chocolate Decadence for $2.95. Okay, I admit, I havenít tried the Chocolate Decadence yet, but you know I will! DeGidios also has a full bar with a nice wine list. They donít have beer on tap but they offer a fine selection of bottled beer.
One of the most interesting things I found out about the place is that theyíve built their restaurant business through their banquet room and their catering. Once people experience the food at a social event catered by DeGidios, they start showing up in the restaurant. Their banquet room can accommodate up to 180 people and sports a dance floor. They also have a CD player, a room for a band or DJ, and linen tablecloths. You can find out more about their catering services, banquet room, or ďKid BulletsĒ at their website, www.degidios.com.
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