Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best Things We Ate This Year

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM

click to enlarge When we say we ate a lot, we aren't kidding. | Nancy Stiles
  • When we say we ate a lot, we aren't kidding. | Nancy Stiles

We ate so much this year. Sure, it's part of the job, but not everything we try is delicious. In the past twelve months, though, there have been a few dishes that stood out to us amid the sea of cronuts, kale and Sriracha overload.

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       A hand-made Italian sausage pizza at Monte Bello. | Mabel Suen
  •        A hand-made Italian sausage pizza at Monte Bello. | Mabel Suen

Pizza at Monte Bello Pizzeria (3662 Weber Road)

Most people have never met a pizza they didn't like, but that doesn't mean that we don't all have some discerning taste for this favorite food. When I first heard about Monte Bello's from a friend who had fond memories of eating there in the past, it seemed like an adventure waiting to happen. Pizza cooked in a remote basement in the county? You had me at "pizza."

Monte Bello's pizza is an experience on different levels, and I'm not just talking about the basement kitchen that it's cooked in. Sure, the environs lend a certain charm, but it's the food and the care put into it that will keep us talking about this place. The key difference between Monte Bello's and typical St. Louis-style pizza we noted: Everything there feels substantial, including a heavier crust and equally bountiful toppings -- certainly no ketchup on a cracker. Read more about Monte Bello's in our full write-up from last fall.

-- Mabel Suen

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