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Italian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Giovanni's Kitchen Has Quality of the Hill without the Bill: Review

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    #89: The Duck Proscuitto Flatbread at Bella Vino

    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

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Rick's Picks: Six of Coach Majerus' Favorite St. Louis Eateries

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    First Look: Sauce on the Side Tosses Up Fresh Calzones and Salads Downtown

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    #74: Straw and Hay Pasta at Trattoria Marcella

    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 9, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Forbes Calls Salume Beddu the Best in the Country

    Jennifer SilverbergA tasty spread at Salume Beddu​Yesterday 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 >>

  • Dining

    February 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Ask the Critic: Where Can I Find a Good Pizza Bianca?

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    March 10, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Chef's Choice Recipes: Steven Caravelli's Potato Gnocchi with Truffled Bacon Jus

    Robin Wheeler​During 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    FoodWire: Gio's Ristorante & Bar Now Open

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 25, 2008

    Paul Newman Wine Dinner at Fleming's

    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 >>

  • Dining

    August 22, 2007

    Crowded Waters

    Is Oceano Bistro just another fish in the sea?

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2007

    Review Preview: La Gra Italian Tapas

    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 >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2006

    Two Kind

    Trattoria Two gives Two Nice Guys something to look up to.

  • Dining

    July 5, 2006

    Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico

    Lorenzo's Trattoria, 1933 Edwards Avenue, 314-773-2223.

  • Calendar

    March 1, 2006
  • Dining

    October 26, 2005

    Tarter Sauce

    Limoncello is a sweet addition to the Clayton dining scene

  • Dining

    March 9, 2005

    Party On

    Mosaic's food is a blast, but the servers don't seem to feel the celebratory vibe

  • Dining

    November 10, 2004

    Out with the New

    Clark Street Grill's food is nicer to look at than to eat

  • Dining

    November 3, 2004

    Bone Appétit

    Villa Farotto makes it OK to love meat

  • Dining

    October 13, 2004

    The Secret of Massa's' Success

    What makes this place so popular? Certainly not the food.

  • Dining

    October 6, 2004

    Family Affair

    Wow your tastebuds at the upscale-yet-comfy Café Bellagio

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Bakery

    La Dolce Via

  • Dining

    July 14, 2004

    Louie, Louie

    We still love King Louie's (whew!)

  • Dining

    November 19, 2003

    Just Passing Through

    The remarkable food at Capri is worth a return trip, if you can remember dining there in the first place

  • Dining

    June 11, 2003

    Dream a Little Dream

    Jimmy's Cafe on the Park isn't what our reviewer thought it was, but she's happy nonetheless

  • Dining

    December 4, 2002

    Turn, Turn and Eat

    The weather outside is frightful, but Jay Brandt's cooked up something to make you feel better

  • Dining

    October 16, 2002

    Italian for Beginners

    Café Napoli's popularity is baffling

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Italian Restaurant

    Trattoria Marcella

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Veggie Sandwich

    Adriana's (on the Hill)

  • Dining

    July 17, 2002

    Classic Collection

    The dècor is nothing to write home about, but Luciano's sure-handed take on Italian favorites ensures that you won't care

  • Dining

    June 5, 2002

    Throw Mama

    Spaghetteria Mama Mia offers value-priced, authentic meals of either spaghetti or baked spiedini. The concept doesn't translate well into practice.

  • Dining

    May 1, 2002

    So Over the Hill

    Bella Città isn't your parents' idea of an Italian restaurant, but, chances are, they'll love it too

  • Dining

    April 17, 2002

    Something About Harry

    Graced with a spectacular view and even better food, Harry's is the place to go

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Italian Cuisine

    Trattoria Marcella

  • Dining

    January 16, 2002

    Brotherly Love

    In naming I Fratellini for her sons, Zoë Robinson pays them glowing tribute

  • Dining

    October 3, 2001

    Rustic Never Sleeps

    Forget toasted ravioli: Trattoria Marcella purveys a different kind of Italian fare

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Calamari

    Trattoria Marcella

  • Dining

    August 29, 2001

    Beauty Triumphs

    You can get more than makeup at Neiman Marcus

  • Dining

    August 1, 2001

    Safe Landing

    Diners who value consistency and approachability over novelty and depth of flavor will enjoy the Seven Gables Inn

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001
  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Pasta

    Pasta House

  • Dining

    October 18, 2000

    Medium Well

    With some extra attention to precision, the new Carmine's Steak House could become the purveyor of some of the best meals in town

  • Dining

    July 19, 2000

    Not Your Ordinary Joe

    Joseph's of Kirkwood is every bit the equal of its downtown counterpart

  • Dining

    July 5, 2000

    The Least Side

    The latest incarnation of Harry's lets down its siblings across the river

  • Dining

    January 12, 2000

    Lorenzo's Toil

    Dishing the latest addition to the Hill's restaurant menu

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