Please Pass the Macaroni

Bellaluna combines family recipes with culinary panache

Mama's recipes in an upscale environment -- in a 
Kirkwood strip mall, no less!
Jennifer Silverberg
Mama's recipes in an upscale environment -- in a Kirkwood strip mall, no less!

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Gian-Peppe's Restaurant

2126 Marconi Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110-3108

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: St. Louis - Tower Grove

Details

Risotto spheres $6
Spaghetti alla carbonara $8
Porterhouse steak $24
Dover sole $32

314-909-0455. Hours: lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tue.-Fri.; dinner 5-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

451 South Kirkwood Road

Before Bellaluna, I'd never heard of arancinetti, risotto spheres. They're actually just Sicilian street food, according to Profeta: big balls of risotto with a meat-and-tomato stuffing, often fried up and sold in little corner shacks. The carbohydrate-fueled euphoria that swept over me upon my first bite of these morsels rendered me near-infantile. It was like the mother ship calling my tummy home. More than plain old bread, or the pasta from any other restaurant of recent memory, these satisfied and satiated me down to my very last drop of blood. I am so glad I am Italian.

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