Ravello Ristorante

If you’re willing to drive until I-394 turns into a small-town cross street, you’ll be greatly rewarded. Ravello lives in an unassuming brown strip mall in the center of Long Lake, just west of the metropolitan area. On the outside, it looks like nothing special. But upon opening the doors, you’ll find a welcoming trattoria with terra-cotta walls and a cozy bar. Gourmands from the western suburban know this place as a secret location to dine on fine food like truffle-infused baked Brie, Guinness-braised short ribs, and the succulent Chicken Ravello with confit potatoes and cremini mushrooms in a sprightly anise glaze. For all this, you’ll be glad to splurge on a couple gallons of gas. 1935 Wayzata Blvd., Long Lake; 952-473-7373