Thursday, April 6, 2017

The 10 Best Spots for Pasta in St. Louis

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 7:44 AM

click to enlarge BASSO | JONATHAN POLLACK
  • Basso | Jonathan Pollack

Pasta, arguably the simplest of dishes, is unforgettable when made properly. The variety of noodles — fresh or dried, shaped or filled — and the sauces that accompany them are almost as numerous as the restaurants that serve them. Some chefs focus on making pasta fresh, in-house, from scratch. Others boast of following authentic recipes from Italy and the Mediterranean region. Still others experiment with shape and flavor to come up with something altogether new and exciting.

Whatever whets your noodle, St. Louis restaurants have you covered. Here are our ten favorite pasta places, along with details on what they're serving now.

click to enlarge BASSO | JONATHAN POLLACK
  • Basso | Jonathan Pollack
Basso
7036 Clayton Avenue, Richmond Heights
This stylish spot in the basement of the Cheshire Hotel features pizzas and meat dishes, along with a half-dozen excellent pasta options. The baby heirloom tomato linguini is one of the best. The recipe starts with fresh baby heirloom tomatoes from local farmer Tony White. They're tossed with garlic butter, lemon juice, fresh parsley and basil, olive oil and fresh linguini noodles, made in-house.

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  • photo courtesy of Cielo
Cielo
999 North 2nd Street, Downtown
Cielo, the gorgeous Italian spot at the top of the Four Seasons downtown, offers a variety of pastas. A longtime customer favorite rooted in northern Italian flavors is the striking tonnarelli neri, its noodles dyed black with squid ink. Similar in size to spaghetti but with squared-off corners, the noodles are
made in-house at Cielo. The dish is finished with a heady sauce of lobster, oven-dried tomatoes and prosecco bagna cauda with anchovies.

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  • photo courtesy of Katie's Pizza and Pasta
Katie’s Pizza and Pasta
9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill
It's no surprise that chef Katie Lee Collier's family-friendly hotspot in Rock Hill excels at pasta: it's right there in the name. The most popular dish here features the unique flower-shaped fiori noodles with spicy arrabiata sauce. The freshly made pasta is topped with a fiery tomato-based sauce made with chile peppers and topped with fresh arugula and shaved Parmesan.

click to enlarge RANDOLFI'S | SPENCER PERNIKOF
  • Randolfi's | Spencer Pernikof
Randolfi’s
6665 Delmar Boulevard, University City
Chef Mike Randolph offers a unique take on southern Italian dishes in this acclaimed spot on Delmar Loop. His signature pasta offering, the white bolognese, is a decadent dish made with organic, freshly made pappardelle pasta, pancetta pork, chicken liver and topped with a cured egg yolk. Customers clamor.

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  • photo courtesy of Pastaria

Pastaria
7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton
Conceived by Gerard Craft as a more casual, pasta-focused alternative to his dining flagship next door, Pastaria continues to excel even as Niche has become Sardella. Executive chef Ashley Shelton says the customer favorite at Pastaria is a stick-to-your ribs bolognese made with twisty strozzapreti noodles and a meaty tomato sauce.

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