• 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.

East Lake Harriet’s newest meeting space offers a homey neighborhood spot for all types of events.


Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.


Standing in the Emery's lobby, where live greenery thrives and natural light streams in, it's hard to believe that this used to be Hotel Minneapolis. Emery is still an Autograph Collection hotel, like Hotel Minneapolis was, but it is, for all intents and purposes, a new, not just renovated, hotel.