The Conquest of Clayton

Luciano's Trattoria marks another delicious victory for the Del Pietro restaurant empire

Wines lean toward Italian, of course. There's a large selection, divided according to region. Six whites and six reds are offered by the glass, all priced at $7 (a superb northern Italian pinot bianco by Alois Lageder was a nice surprise). Can't decide? Luciano's accommodates by offering wine flights of three half-glass pours of red or white for $9.

Desserts are simple affairs. An order of cannoli came two to a plate, stuffed with a lusciously light ricotta filling laced with bits of chocolate. The lemon tart, however, was the finish that best matched the weather: flaky pastry crust and a thin layer of summery lemon tartness to refresh the palate. There are also several sorbets and ice creams, including a cappuccino-flavored one.

Italian stylin': Michael (left) and Marc Del Pietro preside over the new Luciano's Trattoria
Jennifer Silverberg
Italian stylin': Michael (left) and Marc Del Pietro preside over the new Luciano's Trattoria

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Luciano's Trattoria

172 Carondelet Plaza
Clayton, MO 63105

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Clayton

Details

Calamari $7.95
Pizzas $9.00
Gnocchi di ricotta $13.95
Roasted halibut $18.95
Lemon tart $5.50

314-863-9969. Hours: lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; dinner 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 4-10 p.m. Sun.; brunch 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun.

172 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton

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The Del Pietros' march through Clayton ain't exactly the Second Punic War, but unlike Hannibal and his ill-fated Italian venture, this army of restaurateurs has planned well.

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