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Duluth Dining: An Italian treasure!

Duluth VaBene


As Innkeepers of the AG Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, one of the first questions we get asked during the check in process is “what is your recommendation for great places to eat in Duluth?”  We love getting asked this question because in our small port city of Duluth, there is an amazing array and variety of incredible places to dine.  In fact, we believe that Duluth and the Twin Ports have some of the finest, most delectable places equal to any metropolitan city in the country!  

In our blog today, we are going to highlight one of the local and guest favorites; VaBene Berarducci’s Caffe.  VaBene is one of the finest of many fine restaurants in Duluth to enjoy a fresh, high quality Italian meal.  And it is definitely an Innkeeper favorite!

The food…you cannot go wrong when it comes to the meal you will experience at VaBene.  As mentioned, it is fresh and prepared with only the highest quality ingredients.  And we can tell you from our experience and our guests’, the passion and pride is clearly evident in each meal they prepare.  Pair your appetizer, entrée, and dessert (yes, you MUST have dessert – the multiple choices of Gelato are divine) with a fine wine, local beer, or a unique signature cocktail.  And at VaBene, if you are looking for gluten-free pasta it is no problem; delicious options are available for our gluten-free guests!

VaBene Berarducci's CaffeThe location…VaBene Berarducci’s Caffe is ideally located on East Superior Street, just minutes from the AG Thomson House, with incredible lake views, and overlooking the lakewalk.  The Caffe is warm and intimate with an indoor dining patio area overlooking the lake during the colder months, as well as a bright, open dining space near the fireplace and where you can view the chef work his magic.  When summer arrives in Duluth, it is a triumph to dine at one of their outdoor spaces overlooking the lake, or outside their large windows on the street side!


The experience…warm, inviting, casual, delicious, romantic, and more!  These are just a few adjectives to describe what we have experienced, as well as our guests, at VaBene.  Plan ahead though, you will need a reservation because the word is out on this fantastic Duluth treasure!

As mentioned, at the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast, we get asked on a daily basis for the best places to dine in Duluth.  We take this very seriously! Where we send our guests is very important to them as well as to us for many reasons.  It is a direct reflection on our fair city and our Bed and Breakfast.  Without hesitation, we believe VaBene Berarducci’s Caffe is at the top of the list!

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