Grains and Pasta

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants for Fresh Pasta in St. Louis

    Pasta is one of the world's most cherished foods. St. Louisans certainly love their pasta and there is almost one Italian restaurant on every block in some neighborhoods. You may not be surprised to learn that there are several restaurants that offer fresh pasta made daily, going that extra mile to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Happy Hour at Basso: A Basement Italian Gastropub Worth Retreating To

    The Place: Basso (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-932-7820) The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Deal: $7 build-your-own pizzas, two-for-one antipasti, $3 craft-beer pints, $6 half-pint beer flights, $5 Italian wine of the day and $6 specialty cocktails.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    The Good Pie Now Open on Delmar

    The Good Pie (6665 Delmar Boulevard), after a slight delay, is finally open in the Loop. The pizza place from the guys at the late, lamented Little Country Gentleman closed in Midtown last August. Luckily for us, its new spot is right here in U. City. See also: Crust Achin': Ian ventures forth in s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Stellina Pasta Cafe Had Us at Goat Cheese

    Destination: Stellina Pasta Cafe (3342 Watson Road; 314-256-1600) Neighborhood: Lindenwood Park Cuisine: American Food Overview: Stellina Pasta Cafe prides itself on its ephemeral menu, where pasta dishes change daily. The restaurant serves as least two vegetarian pasta options every day -- the d ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    The Upside Downstairs: A Preview of This Week's Review of Basso

    Basso (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-932-7818) should not be an afterthought. Yes, it is in the basement of its glitzier older (by a matter of weeks) sibling, the Restaurant at the Cheshire. But what a basement it is! The cavernous space features both throwback elements (a fireplace, gas lamps and a wood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Neighborhood Bites: The Hill

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. The Hill is the classic St. Louis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 01.21-01.27

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Rhubarb and Honey: Kimberly made cranberry, pecan and olive oil quick bread. Iron Stef: Stef shares her love of Niche's balls -- and of all it's food. Family Style Food: Karen made orecchiette cacio e pepe with parsnips. Eat Write: Judith sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    First Look: Basso, the Lower-Level Gastropub at the Cheshire

    Last month we featured a first look of the Restaurant at the Cheshire (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-647-7300) on the heels of its November 5 opening. Its sister restaurant, the lower-level gastropub Basso (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-932-7820), opens today. Basso's robust Italian menu features sharable pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    The Cheshire's Lower-Level Gastropub Basso Opens Monday, December 17

    Basso (6300 Clayton Road; 314-932-7818), the gastropub located in the lower-level of the Restaurant at the Cheshire (6300 Clayton Road; 314-647-7300), opens its doors Monday, December 17. Basso's opening comes a little more than a month after the Restaurant at the Cheshire's opening on November 5. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Trader Joe's "Butter Chicken" Recalled, but St. Louis Area OK

    First, the bad news: The USDA has alerted us to a Canadian recall of frozen butter chicken and basmati rice because of potential listeria contamination. The product from Aliya's Foods Limited in Canada made it to the U.S. as Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Aug. 24-26

    Friday (Aug. 24): Murder in Maybury! @ Maggiano's Little Italy A three-course family-style dinner and two drinks get accompanied by a murder mystery. Call 314-824-2402 for reservations. 6:30 p.m. 8th Annual Downtown Restaurant Week @ Downtown St. Louis Choose from twenty downtown restaurants that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    First Look: Orkeed Restaurant

    Orkeed Restaurant (3191 South Grand; 314-664-3940) opened its doors in south city in the space formerly filled by Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge this past spring. After a facelift to both Al Waha's menu and interior, owner Taif Jassim along with chef Wael Khudair pick up where Al Waha left off a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    First Look: Nico

    A brand-new restaurant has joined the Delmar Loop's league of lunch and dinner destinations just in time for this year's early spring, readily equipped with an outdoor patio, plenty of elegant indoor seating and a fully stocked bar. Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200), the yo ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 20, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Spicing Things Up with House of India

    Welcome to Lunch Bucket List, a recurring feature in which Gut Check checks out the many lunch specials available at restaurants around town. Know a lunch special we should check out? Drop us a line.Emily WassermanA plate from House of India's all-you-can-eat buffet​ The Place: House of India ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Gerard Craft Announces New Niche Restaurant [Updated]

    Jennifer SilverbergGerard Craft, about to expand the Niche empire (again)​Gerard Craft announced via Twitter today that the next restaurant to join the Niche family after the original, Taste and Brasserie by Niche will be called Pastaria by Niche. The location won't be revealed until the official ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Kashi Recalls Pizzas for Plastic Fragments

    fda.govAll-natural. Except for the plastic shards.​Kashi products are famous for containing their custom blend of seven whole grains. Some of their pizza crusts contain those seven whole grains, plus some bonus plastic fragments. Kashi has recalled 11,000 cases of frozen pizzas because of the ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    A Table for How Many? at Sugo's Spaghetteria

    Stefani Pollack is the author of the food blogs Cupcake Project and Food Interviews. She is also a member of the St. Louis Dinner Club. She blogs about her large-group dining experiences twice a month for Gut Check.Sugo's Spaghetteria10419 Clayton Road, Frontenac314-569-0400I kept expecting things t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2008

    Your Weekly St. Louis Food Blog Digest A look at what's happening at some of our favorite St. Louis food blogs. The Cheesemonger's Wife advocates for a state dessert -- for Maryland. Iron Stef honors St. Patrick's Day by making her own corned beef. The Pollacks have dinner -- and a bit of a problem -- at Athena's. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    Review Preview: Gioia's Deli & Shapiro's Market

    When I die, an autopsy will find two pounds of bacon where my heart should be, so I was taken aback by a recent report from the American Institute for Cancer Research. Buried within the report's sensible tips for improving your diet -- eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables; eat less red meat ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 4, 2007
  • Dining

    October 19, 2005

    Afghan Revel

    Sameem is a dream fulfilled -- for the owner and for us

  • Dining

    October 27, 2004

    All Abroad!

    Bring an adventurous palate to these great spots, and your inner cheapskate will thank you

  • Dining

    October 15, 2003

    Fun With Figaro

    This new eatery proves that "casual dining" can still be inventive and chic

  • Dining

    October 16, 2002

    Italian for Beginners

    Café Napoli's popularity is baffling

  • Dining

    August 9, 2000

    Show of Farsi

    Pickles and pomegranates rule the day, with enjoyable results, at Café Natasha