DeRusha Eats: Cossetta’s Italian Empire

Jan 10, 2017 414

It is Little Italy in the heart of downtown St. Paul. Cossetta's is an institution. "Italian sausage is what we're famous for," said Dave Cossetta, the fourth generation of Cossettas running their self-named Italian food emporium. Dave's great-grandfather came to St. Paul from Calabria, Italy and opened a tiny grocery market in 1911. "Keeping Italian tradition in St. Paul, it's a big deal," Cossetta said.

The tradition is more than that mind-blowingly-good sausage and peppers. It's become an empire: a more than $10 million expansion in 2013 created more than 1,000 seats inside with an eatery, sit-down restaurant Louis, a grocery market, catering operation and a world-class Pasticceria, an Italian bakery.

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