Italian restaurants can be super-fancy dining. The tablecloths, the expensive wine, the veal. But you can get great Italian food in St. Louis without having to gouge out your paycheck. Go to a traditional (but affordable) place on the Hill or try a new joint from the guys behind the Tavern. Check ou ... More >>
Traditionally, St. Louisans looking for great Italian food head straight to the Hill. These days, though, the love is spread out a little bit more. There are still decades-old, classic restaurants on the Hill, but it no longer has a monopoly for that perfect first date spot, complete with pasta and ... More >>
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 >>
"Sorta close to Italy" is the legend on the back of the the staff shirts at Pastaria (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-6603). Indeed, the newest addition to chef Gerard Craft's portfolio is a far cry from the Italian countryside. Modern touches such as floor-to-ceiling glass cover the entire ... More >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>
This is part three of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of Steve Komorek of Trattoria Marcella. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Komorek, is published here. Courtesy of Trattoria MarcellaAfter spending 12 weeks in Tuscany, it's safe to say that Trattoria Marcella's (360 ... More >>
Chrissy WilmesWater Street (7268 Manchester, 314-646-8355) opened on April 15, occupying the storefront where its neighbor, Maven used to live. The space that used to be filled with homemade soaps, candles and bath bombs is now home to creative small plates and unique cocktails. Chrissy Wilm ... More >>
Katie MoultonHas Papa John's created the Jersey Shore of pizzas? The chain's limited-edition Hearty Italian Meats pizza is meaty, cheesy, over the top, hard to talk about without snickering and ultimately, not in good taste -- in other words, a bit of a "Situation." Is it possible to order t ... More >>
This is part three of Holly Fann's Chef's Choice profile of Adam Gnau of Acero restaurant in Maplewood. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Gnau, is here. Holly FannAcero's Ricotta Gnudi with Tomato Sauce and PistachiosRicotta gnudi (pronounced noo-dee) are soft, gnocchi-like du ... More >>
Once upon a time I was given a free slice of tiramisu by a kindly chef. I'd asked him not to trouble himself; I didn't want to appear greedy. But he brought it anyway. This chef was clearly proud of his tiramisu. His eyes lit up as he presented it to me.Adrienne JonesI'd never had tiramisu befor ... More >>
Jennifer Silverberg My review of Seasons St. Louis is now available online. Seasons is located at 79 Forum Center, the strip mall at the northwest corner of the intersection of Olive Boulevard and Woods Mill Road. You can view the menu and much more at the Seasons website.In this week's Back of t ... More >>
Italian tapas: A new taste sensation, or just another mixed metaphor?
Ian takes little bites of Heaven in Maplewood.
Are you ready for the entrée? Ian reassesses Harvest.
Just like Mama used to make if Mama wore a tuxedo and ran a restaurant in Affton.
Are you brave enough to stare down the barrel of the culinary assault rifle that is "St. Louis Italian"?
This gelato's so exceptional, it might as well be from another planet
Maggiano's Little Italy places style over substance
Trattoria Branica is an authentic Italian delight
400 Olive is a decent hotel restaurant -- but certainly not a destination in itself
Todd Sanders' 10th Street Italian is a Provel-free zone
A new bistro combines old-world elegance with new-world comfort
From Frontenac, with Brio
Bellaluna combines family recipes with culinary panache
Roberto Zanti finds culinary success the second time around
Luciano's Trattoria marks another delicious victory for the Del Pietro restaurant empire
Another helping please: Spaghetteria Mama Mia gets it right
Cafe Layla ups the ante on South Grand
SLU expansion couldn't keep a good restaurant down
Café Napoli's popularity is baffling
The dècor is nothing to write home about, but Luciano's sure-handed take on Italian favorites ensures that you won't care