Al Vento has become one of our favorite places to take out of town guests. And by out of town, I may be from out of state or Eden Prairie.
Jeremy Iggers has a great review of the place.
Al Vento must be the last restaurant in the Twin Cities where you can get a decent glass of wine – or any glass of wine, for that matter – for four bucks. Elsewhere, even the $5 glass is disappearing, and the $6 glass of wine is on the endangered list. Al Vento’s featured house red, a Solopaca Rosso, from the Campania region near Naples, doesn’t have a lot of complexity, but it’s very drinkable – a robust red that can stand up to the flavors of a hearty red sauce. I haven’t tried the Solopaca Bianco, but for $4, I would take a chance. Another white offered at the same price happens to be a favorite of mine: the Gazela Vino Verde from Portugal, a slightly effervescent, low alcohol wine that’s perfect for warm weather. (Hennepin Lake Liquors has had it on sale for $4.99 a bottle; we buy it by the case.)
I love their savory bread delicious with olive oil and fresh cracked pepper.
If you’re into Buca-sized portions, this place is not for you. But if you’re a quality over quantity type of person, be sure to check it out.