Giovanni's Kitchen (8831 Ladue Road, Ladue; 314-721-4100) Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (Closed Sun.) Several years ago, my friend and I got all gussied up and treated ourselves to dinner at Giovanni's on the Hill. Clad in semi-formal attire, we wined and dined in exquisite style as tuxedoed wai ... More >>
If the bed-and-breakfast-style charm of Bella Vino (325 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-3434) isn't enough of a reason to make the trek across the river, then the duck prosciutto flatbread should be. See Also: Bella Vino, in historic St. Charles, is a meal worth driving for
"Some guys smoke. Some guys drink. Some guys chase women. I'm a big barbecue-sauce guy." -- Rick Majerus Rick Majerus loved to eat. That was no secret. But what were some of his favorite St. Louis eateries? Last week Gut Check caught up with several local restaurateurs whose tables often served ... More >>
Let's face it: Most of St. Louis has only experienced pizza pouches from under food court heat lamps or fresh from, um, the microwave. At new calzone downtown joint Sauce on the Side (903 Pine Street; 314-241-5667), try the real deal wrapped in scratch-made pizza dough, baked to golden perfection, b ... More >>
Erika MillerThe straw and hay pasta at Trattoria Marcella is a piece of Italian artwork.In a city that boasts an Italian district brimming with toasted ravioli, red wine and tiramisu, Gut Check is no stranger to Italian food, both rustic and refined. And in our humble opinion, not all of the ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergA tasty spread at Salume BedduYesterday lifestyle columnist Larry Olmsted of Forbes declared Salume Beddu the best salami in the country. "It's pretty crazy. We are both incredibly humbled by the article," Salume Beddu co-owner Mark Sanfilippo told Gut Check. "We just tr ... More >>
Kiwi from Maplewood writes:Where can I get some really good pizza bianca here in town? I don't want something that resembles cheese bread, which I suspect is what I'd get at most restaurants if I asked them to leave off the tomato sauce. I realize that I can make a pretty nice one myself with o ... More >>
Robin WheelerDuring my interview with Steven Caravelli of Sleek, he emphasized that combining gnocchi with bacon and truffles isn't an original idea. Ever-deprecating of his own creativity, Caravelli sees himself as more of a craftsman than an artist with food, perfecting techniques and flavor c ... More >>
Gio's Ristorante & Bar is now open at 701 Market Street (the former Dierdorf & Hart's space). The restaurant is the new project from Dominic and Jackie Galati (Dominic's on the Hill and Dominic's Trattoria in Clayton) and partner John Ruggeri (Ruggeri's in Wentzville). No Web site yet ... More >>
www.celebrate-wine.com Paul Newman is introducing a line of Newman's Own wines. They aren't available in stores yet, but you can try them at a wine dinner at Fleming's Steakhouse & Wine Bar (1855 South Lindbergh Boulevard) at 6:30 p.m. this Friday, February 29. The five-course meal includes Newma ... More >>
Is Oceano Bistro just another fish in the sea?
Though Italian cuisine might not seem a likely candidate for the small-plates approach, Italian dining in America has been moving away from big bowls of pasta in red sauce to a more traditional, multiple-course approach. St. Louis is catching on to this, if slowly. Consider the new Maplewood restaur ... More >>
Trattoria Two gives Two Nice Guys something to look up to.
Lorenzo's Trattoria, 1933 Edwards Avenue, 314-773-2223.
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Villa Farotto makes it OK to love meat
What makes this place so popular? Certainly not the food.
Wow your tastebuds at the upscale-yet-comfy Café Bellagio
La Dolce Via
We still love King Louie's (whew!)
The remarkable food at Capri is worth a return trip, if you can remember dining there in the first place
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The weather outside is frightful, but Jay Brandt's cooked up something to make you feel better
Café Napoli's popularity is baffling
Adriana's (on the Hill)
The dècor is nothing to write home about, but Luciano's sure-handed take on Italian favorites ensures that you won't care
Spaghetteria Mama Mia offers value-priced, authentic meals of either spaghetti or baked spiedini. The concept doesn't translate well into practice.
Bella Città isn't your parents' idea of an Italian restaurant, but, chances are, they'll love it too
Graced with a spectacular view and even better food, Harry's is the place to go
In naming I Fratellini for her sons, Zoë Robinson pays them glowing tribute
Forget toasted ravioli: Trattoria Marcella purveys a different kind of Italian fare
You can get more than makeup at Neiman Marcus
Diners who value consistency and approachability over novelty and depth of flavor will enjoy the Seven Gables Inn
With some extra attention to precision, the new Carmine's Steak House could become the purveyor of some of the best meals in town
Joseph's of Kirkwood is every bit the equal of its downtown counterpart
The latest incarnation of Harry's lets down its siblings across the river
Dishing the latest addition to the Hill's restaurant menu