Giulia - Madison in MPLS

Giulia $$$

Northern Italian restaurant in the newly rennovated Emery hotel.

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Let me tell you, I stay in hotels every week for my consulting job. I avoid hotel restaurants like the plague. "But Madison, this hotel restaurant is trendy, they have a cool cocktail bar inside!" I'm still hesitant. "But THIS hotel restaurant grows their own herbs in a garden outside!" Still not bought in. However, I have to say I believe hotel restaurants are making a comeback. Tullibee in Hewing? Super great. Giulia in Hotel Emery? Equally as great. I was pleasantly surprised with all aspects of the dining experience, from the gorgeous bar to the quality of service to the delicious Italian food. We tried the veal Milanese, which was perfectly breaded and juicy. I had the pasta special, which had mushrooms, parm, and ramps. We also did the unique mozzarella cart experience, where you receive table side mozzarella service (the first of its kind in the Twin Cities!) The hotel also has a new Spyhouse inside, with lots of places to sit and work/study. Overall, the atmosphere was airy and trendy, and we loved what we ate. The location (right downtown) is not great, given downtown is typically the opposite of bustling on the weekends. But if you need a place to take a group near the stadium or just want to eat pasta and a negroni solo at the bar, this is a perfect option. P.S. Guilia is pronounced the same as Julia.