A Moratorium on New Italian Restaurants: Whether your taste runs to T-ravs and Provel or osso buco and Parmigiano-Reggiano, this town has too many Italian joints, but not enough variety. By my count there hasn't been an original take on Italian cuisine in St. Louis since Acero opened two years ago. Take a break. Read up on Frasca in Boulder, Colorado, or any other example of the nation's new wave of Italian restaurants. Then we'll talk.

Peace and Prosperity: This has been a difficult year for St. Louis restaurants. The past few months, especially, have seen several establishments close their doors, and the worst, some economists claim, is yet to come. So if I could ask Santa Claus for a gift, it would be a steady flow of diners for all of the area's eateries.

Craig Larotonda

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Niche

7734 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63105

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Clayton

Sweetie Pies At The Mangrove

4270 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Category: Restaurant > Soul Food

Region: St. Louis - Forest Park Southeast

Iron Barley

5510 Virginia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - South City

Pappy's Smokehouse

3106 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: St. Louis - Midtown

La Vallesana

2801 Cherokee St.
St Louis, MO 63118

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: St. Louis - South City

Tower Tacos

3147 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: St. Louis - South City

The U

3108 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Midtown

Triumph Grill

3419 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Midtown

Buffalo Brewing Co.

3100 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Midtown

Fountain on Locust

3037 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Midtown

Vito's

3515 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Grand Center

Acero Ristorante

7266 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Maplewood

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Failing that, I'd ask you, the restaurant-loving reader, to consider visiting an old favorite for dinner — or even just for drinks and an appetizer — over the next couple of weeks. If you need to justify the expense, consider it a gift to yourself and your dining companions. No wrapping or assembly required.

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