Restaurant Features: Bar, Lunch Buffet, Sunday Brunch, On-Site Parking
Atmosphere: Located just a couple of miles from Downtown St Paul, Yarussos is the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in St Paul, in operation since April 1933! The restaurant has two dining areas, the larger of which has both wooden tables and booths, with dark walls lined with decades of photographs. The smaller dining area is paired with the bar, with a handful of booth/table combos.
Menu: Appetizers include fried ravioli, Italian Chicken Fingers, Garlic Toast, Garlic Cheese Toast, Sausage with Peppers and Onions, and Mozzarella Sticks.
Sandwiches include Dago (sauce and cheese a la carte), Dago Supreme (smothered in sauce, cheese, peppers and onions), Italian Hamburger, Chicken Parmesan, Meatball Hoagie, Meatball Supreme, Sausage Hoagie, and Sausage Supreme.
Yarussos Pastas are Spaghetti, Mostaccioli, Rigatoni, Fettuccini, Meat or Cheese Ravioli, Baked Mostaccioli, Baked Mostaccioli Alfredo, Meat lasagna, and Manicotti.
Entrees include Fried Chicken, Meatball Dinner, Italian Hamurger Steak, Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Parmesan Alfredo, Eggplant Parmesan, Deep-Fried Catfish or Shrimp.
Desserts include Homemade Tiramisu, Chocolate Meatballs, Italian Spumoni and Double Chocolate Cake.
**Ten Daily Lunch Specials
**Pizza, Pasta, Soup & Salad Bar Mon-Fri 11-1:30 $8.50
**There is also a Italian Sunday Buffet every week 10am-2pm
**Family Take-Out and Catering also available
Price guide: Appetizers $3-7 Sandwiches $5-8 Pastas $8-11 Entrees $8-10 Desserts $3-5
What we ordered: We were given this complimentary loaf of bread. It looked good, but I did not try any of it.
I ordered the Dago Supreme. WOW. This is by-far my favorite dish at Yarussos. Standing about 5 inches tall and loaded with sauteed peppers, onions and fresh mushrooms, the Dago patty is layered between thick slices of Italian bread and smothered in sauce with melted mozzarella on top. The portion was big enough for me to have two meals!
Two of my companions each ordered the Large Beef Ravioli, which came with at least 20 large beef-filled raviolis and two giant meatballs. The sauce has a unique flavor, mild yet tangy, and completely meatless.
One of my companions ordered the Large Mostaccoli with a meatball.
When the food was served, one of my companions ordered Garlic Toast, which was soft and buttery on top yet crispy on the outside.
Service: We had a party of five and ended up seating ourselves in a booth in the bar area. Service was decent, but it seemed to take awhile for our food and drink refills.
Overall Impression: Nothing extravagant or gourmet, but Yarussos serves good Italian food that is reasonably priced for the large portions you get. Dago Supreme is a must-try and don’t forget to save room for the spumoni ice cream!