Va Bene | Italian Restaurant | Duluth Minnesota

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Monday 11am-9pm

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Monday 11am-9pm

Tuesday 11am-9pm

Wednesday 11am-9pm

Thursday 11am-9pm

Friday 11am-9pm

Saturday 11am-9pm

Restaurant Menu

Our menu includes our signature soup, fresh pasta and gnocchi, creative salads, grilled panini, and steak and fish features. We serve Italian coffee, sodas, espresso, wine, beer and spirits. Our menu features made-from-scratch soups, sauces, dressings, breads, gnocchi, and pappardelle pasta. We rotate a large selection of Italian gelato and sorbetto, plus our fabulous house-made desserts.

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Order Online

Please use our Online Order Form to order for take-away.

 

Vegan & Gluten-Free

There is something for everyone on our menu! Please consult with your server
when you dine so we can best accommodate your dietary needs.

GLUTEN-FREE SELECTIONS

All of our pasta sauces and salad dressings are gluten-free. We offer a gluten-free pasta noodle (made from brown rice) which can be substituted into any dish. A majority of our pasta dishes and salads can be made gluten-free.

VEGAN OPTIONS

Our Bruschetta, Focaccia bread, Mista salad, Beet or Va Bene salads when ordered without cheese, Pasta Primavera ordered without cheese, and Pasta di Estate ordered without butter and cheese, are all vegan. Our tomato sauce is vegan.

Our penne, spaghetti, angel hair and shells pastas are vegan. Our gluten-free pasta option and house-made gnocchi and Pappardelle pasta noodles contain egg and are NOT vegan.

Upon request we can create delicious pasta choices satisfying vegan or other dietary requirements.

 

Antipasti

Fresh Italian appetizers with a modern flare – perfect for sharing (or as your meal)

BURRATA E POMODORO 18
Fresh mozzarella cheese with a soft, creamy center. Served atop basil pesto with heirloom cherry tomatoes and grilled focaccia bread. Drizzled with balsamic vinegar reduction.

ANTIPASTO SUPERIORE 23
Imported Italian prosciutto, salumi and cheeses, with Italian olives and sweety drop peppers.

ROASTED RED PEPPER SPREAD 15
A warm, cheesy, sweet slather served with grilled focaccia.

PEZZE DI CARNE 19
Beef tenderloin tips sautéed with gorgonzola cheese and served with cognac mushroom cream sauce.

CAPRESE 16
Fresh basil, mozzarella, and sliced tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar reduction.

BRUSCHETTA 15
Our take on the classic is made fresh in house from locally-sourced basil and tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, served with grilled focaccia.

 

ARTICHOKE DIP 16
Our tangy blend of artichoke hearts, red peppers and parmesan cheese. Served warm with grilled focaccia.

MEATBALLS 14
Meatballs sautéed with chili flakes in our San Marzano tomato sauce, topped with parmesan and pecorino cheeses and parsley.

ROSEMARY FOCACCIA 4
House made bread, baked fresh each day. Five slices served with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

CROSTINI

HONEY GOAT CHEESE WITH PEAR 16
Grilled bread topped with honey goat cheese and fresh pear, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with fresh rosemary.

PROSCIUTTO & GORGONZOLA 17
Grilled bread topped with fig jam, imported prosciutto and gorgonzola cheese.

 

Insalate e Zuppa

House-made dressings include our own Caesar, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Dijon Vinaigrette,
Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette, Brown Butter Vinaigrette, and Red Wine Vinaigrette.
Add chicken 5. Steak tenderloin tips or salmon 10. Shrimp or smoked salmon 10.

THE NICOISE 22
Romaine lettuce topped with olives, asparagus, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, red onion, hardboiled egg and grilled Wild Alaskan Salmon from Dave Rogotzke served with Dijon vinaigrette. It’s a classic, with a Va Bene taste.

TENDERLOIN & GORGONZOLA 22
Beef tenderloin tips, gorgonzola cheese, fresh tomatoes, red onions and romaine served with house-made balsamic dressing.

SMOKED SALMON CAESAR 20
Romaine lettuce with parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes and house-made croutons, topped with smoked salmon and crispy fried prosciutto.

SIGNATURE ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP 7
This rustic creation by Mary Kay has become our signature soup. Italian sausage, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and garlic, slow simmered and topped with parmesan cheese

 

SIGNATURE MISTA 7 / 14
Mixed field greens with fresh roma tomatoes, red onion and shaved carrot served with balsamic vinaigrette.

BEET 7 / 14
Mixed field greens, roasted red beets, goat cheese, and crushed
pistachios with honey balsamic vinaigrette.

VA BENE 7 / 14
Mixed greens with pear, gorgonzola and candied walnuts served with red wine vinaigrette.

CAESAR 7 / 14
Fresh romaine with parmesan and house-made croutons served with own Caesar dressing.

 

Pasta

Our pasta sauces are all made in house, from scratch,
and include San Marzano tomato, Alfredo, gorgonzola cream sauce,
basil pesto, and sun dried tomato pesto.
All our pastas can be made with gluten-free noodles upon request.

PASTA ALLA ZUCCA VIOLINA 24
Roasted butternut squash, candied pancetta, sauteed arugula and
rigatoni pasta tossed in a light white wine alfredo sauce. Topped with toasted pecans and Pecorino Romano cheese.

SALSICCIA E PANNA 19
Italian sausage, fresh herbs and tomatoes with cream.

CARBONARA 17
A traditional dish of pancetta, sweet peas, egg and parmesan.

POMODORO E POLPETTE DI CARNE 19
Our San Marzano tomato sauce and house-made meatballs with spaghetti.

ALFREDO 16
Our rich blend of butter, cream and parmesan cheese with a touch of pepper. With chicken 21. With shrimp 26.

PESTO FRUTTI DI MARE 34
Sautéed shrimp and scallops served with our creamy house-made sundried tomato pesto sauce.

PASTA PRIMAVERA 19
Marinated artichokes, bell peppers, broccoli and mushrooms with our tomato sauce.

SICILIAN PESTO 22
Our house-made basil pesto combined with semi sun-dried tomatoes and asparagus.

PREFERITO DELLA CASA 26
Chicken, prosciutto, asparagus & arugula with balsamic vinegar, blended with mascarpone and sliced almonds.

GORGONZOLA AL PEPERONCINO 24
Calabrese salami and Italian sausage with hot and sweet peppers, sautéed in chili-infused olive oil, blended with gorgonzola cheese sauce and shell pasta. Finished with slivered almonds.

 

BOLOGNESE 21
Our house-made meat sauce, slow roasted for hours on the stove.

ARRABIATA AL PADRE RICARDO 19
San Marzano tomato sauce, Italian sausage and red pepper flakes.

GNOCCHI 19
House-made potato gnocchi with your choice of our San Marzano tomato sauce, basil pesto, or gorgonzola cheese sauce. With Bolognese sauce 23.

NOCE E PERA 20
Toasted walnuts and candied pear sautéed with spinach in our gorgonzola cheese sauce.

BISTECCA 24
Beef tenderloin tips sautéed in fresh herbs, served with our very own gorgonzola cheese sauce.

PASTA di ESTATE 19
A surprisingly simple, yet very flavorful blend of fresh basil, sundried & diced tomatoes, and toasted pine nuts.

SALMON FRESCA 26
Dave Rogotzke’s wild-caught Alaskan salmon pan-seared with semi sun dried tomatoes, asparagus, shallots and penne pasta in a light herbed cream lemon wine sauce.

CONCHIGLE CON FUNGHI 24
Shell pasta tossed in our mushroom prosciutto thyme sauce topped with crispy prosciutto.

CAPESANTE 36
Pan seared U10 scallops served with angel hair pasta, roasted tomatoes, shallots, basil and oregano in a lemon white wine sauce.

 

RISOTTO FEATURES

We are proud to source fresh and local ingredients whenever possible.

IL SALMONE TOSCANO 37
Pan seared wild-caught Alaskan salmon filet, served over risotto with wilted spinach and herbed sun dried tomato cream sauce.

MAPLE GLAZED SALMON 35
Pan seared wild-caught Alaskan salmon filet cooked in citrus maple glaze, served on risotto of asparagus and peas.

 

TORNEDOS DE LA FORET
Pan seared beef filet with a rich Cognac mushroom sauce. Served as tender slices atop our house-made risotto of mushrooms, cognac and cream. 45

 

Panini

All panini are served with a side Signature Mista salad.

P.L.P. 16
The B.L.T. our way with pancetta, lettuce, pomodoro (tomato) and mayo. Juicy, salty comfort food.

MANZO 17
Beef tenderloin topped with fresh tomatoes, arugula and gorgonzola sauce then grilled.

CAPRESE 16
Fresh mozzarella, basil pesto(contains nuts) and sliced tomato. With chicken 21.

 

POLPETTA DI CARNE 16
house-made Italian meatballs with our tomato sauce and provolone cheese.

ITALIAN CHEESESTEAK 18
Beef tenderloin tips with sautéed mushrooms, onions, red peppers, and provolone cheese. Served with au jus.

PROSCIUTTO E PERA 17
Prosciutto with candied pear, honey goat cheese and arugula.

 

DOLCE

All of our fabulous desserts are made from scratch, in house.

We also serve twelve different flavors of artisan gelato and sorbetto.

The options change daily so ask your server for today’s selections.

 

Bevande

We serve Italian coffee, tea, sodas, espresso, wine, beer and spirits, plus these featured cocktails and signature martinis.

Cocktails

MINNESOTA SWEET TEA 11
Maker’s Mark bourbon and iced tea sweetened with maple syrup

SPIKED CUCUMBER LEMONADE 12
Tito’s vodka with lemon, lime, basil and cucumber

STRAWBERRY PALOMA 11
Tequila with grapefruit liqueur and lime

SERRANO CHILI MARGARITA 12
Tequila with serrano pepper syrup, orange curacao and lime

SWEET GEORGIA 11
Peach liqueur with Moscato, Prosecco and club soda

MOJITO 11
Fresh mint muddled with lime, Bacardi and soda water

LONG DREAM 11
Vanilla vodka with orange curaçao and orange oil syrup

SMOKE ON THE WATER 12
Mezcal with peach and cucumber liqueurs and passion fruit syrup

ITALIAN MULE 11
Top Note Ginger Beer with premium Limoncello and Amaretto

ITALIAN LEMONADE 11
Premium vodka, Chambord and Limonata

ESPRESSO NEGRONI 13
Espresso with Bombay, Limoncello, Poli Honey and chocolate bitters

 

Signature Martinis

LEMON BASIL MARTINI 13
Floral gin with fresh basil and lemon

PINK LADY 11
Malfy grapefruit gin, grapefruit liqueur, lemon and foam

YUZU MARTINI 12
Yuzu gin with Yuzu sake and orange bitters

MINT CONDITION 12
Tito’s with muddled mint, maraschino, lime and foam

CAPRESE MARTINI 13
House-infused basil gin with balsamic, tomato syrup and basil liqueur topped with mozzarella foam

“PANTHEON” 12
by DAISUKE ITO at LAND BAR ARTISAN TOKYO
Vanilla-infused scotch with Benedictine herbal liqueur and lemon

INVITE ME UP 12
Tanqueray with maraschino, Amaro Nonino and cucumber liqueur

BLOOD ORANGE MARTINI 11
Blood orange Malfy gin shaken with blood orange puree

LAST WORD 12
Cloosterbitter, Maraschino cherry liqueur, Tanqueray and lime

ESPRESSO MARTINI 13
Espresso shaken with vanilla vodka

Birra (Beer)

ON DRAUGHT 7
Castle Danger Cream Ale
Bent Paddle Bent Hop IPA
Peroni Nastro Abruzzo Pilsner (Italian imported)

BY BOTTLE OR CAN 5
Coors Light
Trailside Strawberry Basil Cider
Buckler (N/A)
Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher (N/A)

 

Vino Della Casa

RED BLEND 10/38
Rich aromas of ripe blackberries and vibrant red fruits. Bright and fruity, with a hint of spice and a smooth finish.

PINOT GRIGIO 10/38
Delicately scented and soft on the palate. A refreshing taste of classic citrus and floral notes harmoniously balanced with a long, pleasant finish.

Our complete wine selection is available to download in PDF format.

 

† CONSUMING RAW OR UNDERCOOKED MEATS, POULTRY, SEAFOOD, SHELLFISH, OR EGGS MAY INCREASE YOUR RISK OF FOODBORNE ILLNESS