Thursday, May 1, 2014

Giovanni's Kitchen, a New Italian Bistro Serving Handmade Pastas and More in Ladue

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

"Tagliatelle degli 'Asinelli,'" homemade pasta ribbons in Chianti and rosemary meat sauce. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • "Tagliatelle degli 'Asinelli,'" homemade pasta ribbons in Chianti and rosemary meat sauce. | Photos by Mabel Suen

"The pappardelle -- the pasta itself -- is my recipe," says chef and Italian native Alessando Bozzato of Giovanni's Kitchen (8831 Ladue Road; 314-721-4100), which opened in Ladue's Colonial Marketplace last month. "The meat sauce is what my mother used to cook for me."

The dining room.
  • The dining room.

Bozzato arrived in St. Louis in 2000, armed with his own set of recipes. Since then, he's worked as Louisa Food's corporate chef as well as in kitchens including Truffles and Giovanni's on the Hill -- which brings him to the Gabriele family's latest endeavor, an Italian bistro to replace a location of its fast-casual concept, Cini. The Gabriele restaurant family also owns and operate Il Bel Lago.

The bar.
  • The bar.

"I'm trying to keep the recipes as authentic as possible," says Bozzato. "We import our olive oil and tomatoes and make everything in-house -- all the salad dressings, sauces. The bread is baked in-house. The pasta is made and cut in-house. We make mozzarella and ricotta."

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