Little Italy

Italian tapas: A new taste sensation, or just another mixed metaphor?

I was similarly baffled by the antipasto plate. According to the menu, this should bring salami, ham and prosciutto. But when I ordered it, the prosciutto seemed more like capicola, and the salami was mortadella or bologna of some sort. If there was a reason for the substitution, our server didn't mention it. (Nor, to be fair, did we ask.)

Service is very friendly. When four of us had to wait at the bar for a patio table, several different servers checked on the next available table for us, and the bartender remained affable even when all four of us were content with water.

The wine list is brief and not very distinguished, but it is cheap; you can get a glass of quaffable Robert Mondavi red for less than $5. Drinks tended to take a while to reach the table, but flights of small plates generally arrived promptly.

Jennifer Silverberg

Location Info


La Gra Italian Tapas

1227 Tamm Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: St. Louis - Dogtown


Hours: 5-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 5-11 p.m. Sat. (Closed Mon. Bar open till 1:30 a.m. Tue.-Sat., till midnight Sun.)

Calamari "la gra" $6.99 Vegetable lasagna $7.99 Antipasto platter $8.99

1227 Tamm Avenue, 314-645-3972

As you might guess, the dessert menu includes tiramisu, cheesecake and a flourless chocolate cake. The one original option was a "cheesecake lollipop" from nearby Sugaree Baking Company. It's roughly the shape and size of a Tootsie Pop, and it arrives upside down between two puffs of whipped cream and squiggles of chocolate sauce. The exterior is a hard shell of something vaguely like white chocolate. The interior is cheesecake-like in texture. I couldn't discern much flavor, though, above the too-sweet shell.

Then again, like every small plate, after two or three bites it was already a memory.

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