FINALLY. We had the whole group together for a dinner on Tuesday night. The 6 of us went to the Butcher Block in NE Minneapolis.
Formerly Fugaise, nothing much has changed on the inside. Cozy and comfy just like I remembered with the same quaint little 3 person bar in the front. The bartender was incredibly friendly and gave us a lot of info on the place. The chef is Filippo Caffari who was a butcher in Rome for years (he cuts up his own meat downstairs!). If you are familiar with I Nonni in Lillydale, he and Darin Koch were both chefs there before moving to NE Minneapolis. You can see definite similarities in the menus (the crostini in particular). We started with cocktails and wine. For apps we had the carpaccio and a variety of the crostini. They were all good, however, we ordered a second plate of the Tuscan Chicken Liver so what does that tell you? Becky and Jill both had salads which they shared with us. One of my biggest pet peeves of any restaurant is a flavorless vinaigrette and I was so pleasantly surprised! Bursting with bright flavors yet light and not overpowering, it is what I long for in a salad. And I think there were some little sweet potato gems floating around in that salad too which the girls seemed to like, though I didn’t try one. For entrees… Braised Short Ribs, Ravioli, Chicken Marsala and Pork Ragu. I’ll let the ladies talk about their experiences but I can say everyone at the table was happy and raving about their meal. I was in the mood for pasta so the Pork Ragu hit the spot. It’s like the best spaghetti you’ve ever had - times 10. I loved it and ate every bite. Filippo came out and chatted with us. He is a lovely character and very charming. Dessert… Chocolate torte with caramel, sea salt & olive oil. Just lovely. Thanks, Butcher Block – had a great time – the night went far too fast. We’ll see you again real soon.
Things to note: the menu on line is not quite the same as the current menu at the restaurant. Along with this main menu they also have a menu of daily specials. They are no longer open until 4am. Too much riff raff attracted at that late hour. But they are open until 2am for you semi normal riff raffians.