Benedetto's Buzz

A new bistro combines old-world elegance with new-world comfort

Of the three desserts offered, only the excellent tiramisu is made in-house. Buzzetta takes sponge cake dipped in a coffee mixture, then layers it with mascarpone cheese and whipped cream before topping the trifle with grated chocolate.

The bistro and ristorante share the same wine list, which means prices are high and selections mostly Italian. Oddly, wines by the glass ($7) aren't listed but are left to the servers to describe, as in: "We have chardonnay, merlot, Chianti and pinot grigio." While the bistro's limited food menu wasn't a letdown, it was disappointing to be presented with an extensive wine list, only to be constrained to four unnamed wines by the glass.

All in the family: Benedetto's Bistro takes its elegant 
cues from Tony's (and from nana).
Jennifer Silverberg
All in the family: Benedetto's Bistro takes its elegant cues from Tony's (and from nana).

Location Info

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Brio Tuscan Grille

1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Frontenac, MO 63131

Category: Restaurant > European

Region: Frontenac

Details

Calamari $7.95
House salad $5.95
Pollo Sinatra $17.95
Rigatoni melenzana $12.95
Risotto al Giardino $14.50
Tiramisu $6

314-432-8585. Hours: lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; dinner 5-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5-9 p.m. Sun.

10411 Clayton Road, Frontenac

There's something infinitely satisfying about supporting a family-run restaurant that tries to compete with encroaching chains, lower expectations and society's increasing casualness. Especially when said family can trace its attention to detail back to the legendary Tony's -- or, for that matter, to nana.

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