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Marilyn Hagerty: Italian favorites give Giuseppe's a steady following

The next time I go to dinner at Giuseppe's, I think I will order the spinach ravioli ($16). It's a house made ravioli stuffed with butternut squash, ricotta and Parmesan cheese. And it's tossed in Alfredo sauce.

The menu at the small downtown Grand Forks restaurant is clear, uncluttered and to the point. I enjoyed the meatballs marinara ($15) on a recent visit to Giuseppe's with Debbie Storrs (DS) and her husband John Mihelich (JM).

We went early on a week night to the small café on DeMers Avenue. We found a place at one of the tables covered with black and white checked cloths. And we had a quick welcome from Alex Simmers, the main server.

The restaurant has a pleasant, welcoming ambience. There is a pleasant aroma of tomato sauce. Longtime residents of Grand Forks remember it as the office of the E.J. Lander Co.

The ceiling is high. Some customers prefer sitting at the counter where there are a half-dozen comfortable places.

The restaurant is owned by Jeff and Nikki Tellmann who also own the two Red Pepper places in Grand Forks.

Chris Schultz is the executive chef. During the past five years, he has attracted a loyal base of regular customers. They include in recent years more families.

Schultz has been a chef at the Toasted Frog in Grand Forks and helped with the opening of the Toasted Frog in Bismarck. In downtown Grand Forks he has branched out to serving steak cooked in a cast iron pan. He also featured fish specials.

Giuseppe's

411 DeMers Ave.

Executive chef: Chris Schultz

Head waiter: Alex Simmers

Owners: Jeff and Nikki Tellmann

Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday

Reservations: (701) 757-1020

Report card: Giuseppe's adds variety to dining spots in downtown Grand Forks. In a small, historic setting on DeMers Avenue, it has a steady following.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.

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