Destination: Pastaria (7734 Forsyth Boulevard, 314-862-6603) Neighborhood: Clayton Cuisine: Italian Overview: Pastaria specializes in pairing traditional Italian dishes with not-so-traditional ones. While their menu features items such as the Margherita pizza and tomato bruschetta, it also has wi ... More >>
"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 >>
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