• New Venue Spotlight: Zio Modern Italian

    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE

On the third floor of Mall of America is Kaskaid Hospitality’s newest culinary venture, Zio Modern Italian, which opened December 2015. “Zio Italian has a welcoming atmosphere and is a space where families and friends can enjoy the authenticity of Italian food, wines and hospitality,” says Vittorio Renda, Zio Italian Brand Ambassador.

“We serve made-from-scratch classic Italian dishes including spaghetti and meatballs and contemporary dishes including garganelli pasta with vodka sauce and more,” says Renda. Pastas are handmade daily in house, authentic thin-crust pizzas are cooked in a stone pizza oven, and an expansive wine selection and grappa flights make Zio’s food and drink offerings some of the best you’ll find at MOA. For those looking for a twist on classic Italian fare, try the meatball burger, complete with caramelized onions, tomato jam, fresh mozzarella and lemon aioli.

Zio’s private dining space, accommodating 25 or up to 100 with the doors open, features a flat-screen TV for presentations. Groups can choose from three tiers of plated lunches or dinners (which feature bread service, soup or salad, an entrée selection and dessert), or arrange a chef’s table. “Our private dining space is perfect for birthday parties, corporate events, anniversaries, family gatherings and more,” says Renda.

Located in the vibrant Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis, Hewing Hotel is a rustic and refined historic building with exposed timber and brick, tall ceilings and original industrial elements mixed with high-end interiors. The look extends into 7,500 square feet of meeting and event space, including two boardrooms, Andrews Ballroom and a private dining room.


After a year that kept most explorers close to home, the newly transformed Rand Tower Hotel Minneapolis is ready to whisk guests away on a new adventure. With the completion of a $110 million-dollar transformation, the Jazz Age architectural icon that once housed office space has been reborn as a luxe 270-room boutique hotel.