Birthday Dinner at Scusi


When it comes to celebrating, the first place that comes to my mind is Scusi in St. Paul. Not only is the food absolutely delicious, the entire dining experience has a festive air to it. It’s so comfortable and relaxed you lose track of time when you’re there, I like to imagine it’s what a leisurely dinner in Italy is like. Their tagline sums up the restaurant well: Delicious, authentic; never stuffy or pretentious—that’s Scusi.

We started with the three cheese plate. My favorite was the creamy and buttery Triple Crème:

Triple Creme, St Pete's Blue Cheese and Humboldt Fog with Ginger Chutney
Triple Creme, St Pete’s Blue Cheese and Humboldt Fog with Ginger Chutney

We shared another favorite of mine, the Arancini:

risotto balls
Arancini: Crispy risotto balls, roasted red pepper aioli (vegetarian)

The Husband tried the Fettuccine:

Fettuccine: Shrimp, zucchini-mint pesto, almond, lemon

I wanted to save room for dessert, so I opted for the Beet Rattafia:

Beet Rattafia: Roasted beets, St Pete's Blue Cheese, mixed greens, crouton
Beet Rattafia: Roasted beets, St Pete’s Blue Cheese, mixed greens, crouton (vegetarian)

And happy birthday to me, what a dessert it was:

donut holes
Zeppole: Italian doughnut holes, marsala cherries, chocolate, whipped cream

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Heidi Van Heel

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