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.
I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes from the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011. Look for a slideshow featuring most of the winners on Wednesday, December 28.Jennifer SilverbergFrom left to right are Cary Exler and Salume Beddu co-owners Ben Poremba and Mark Sanfilippo.An occasional special ... More >>
Chrissy WilmesChris Williams of Franco studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.Last week Eater asked chefs if they thought culinary school was worth the time and expense for aspiring chefs. The answer was a resounding "probably not."
The discussion made us wonder how well-e ... More >>
Image viaThis week's review of Taste begins with praise for the prosciutto that chef Adam Altnether cured over the past fifteen months. A few weeks ago, I went into a deep reverie over lunch at salumeria Salume Beddu. What could have made either experience even better?How about a relaxing spa ses ... 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 >>
Robin WheelerMark Sanfilippo of Salume BedduA few news items from around town...- Sauce was first to note that Salume Beddu (3467 Hampton Avenue; 314-353-3100) is now serving lunch. The menu includes plates with the artisan salumeria's cured meats paired with cheese as well as roast pork bel ... More >>
co.designMore gadgets than a Williams-Sonoma outlet store. (Click pic for humongous version.)
Got gadgets? Pop Chart Lab does, and they've put 100 of them on a poster. But are all of them beloved? Can you find any local chefs who give names to their chinoise, or keep their clam knife in hand ... More >>
When Mark Sanfilippo and partner Ben Poremba opened their retail shop, Salume Beddu Salumeria, a few weeks back, local lovers of artisan-cured meats rejoiced. Sanfilippo, a St. Louis native who returned after ten years out west schooling himself, literally, in how the sausage is made, had earned pla ... More >>
Ready for its closeup: A hearty St. Louis welcome to Salume Beddu's storefront!Late last week Salume Beddu opened its new storefront at 3467 Hampton with little fanfare.
They're stocking lots of small-craft goodies along with their products, including Benton's country ham from Tennessee, ar ... More >>
Robin WheelerAlthough he's not sure which day, Mark Sanfilippo -- profiled in last week's Chef's Choice column on Gut Check -- confirms that Salume Beddu Salumificio and Salumeria, the storefront location of the two-year-old artisan meat company, will be open for business next week. The shop ... More >>
This is part three of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with chef Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu; part one is available here; part two is here.
Robin Wheeler"The St. Louis I lived in ten years ago would not have been receptive to guanciale," Mark Sanfilippo says of the traditional uns ... More >>
Image viaThis week, Gut Check kept busy with the debut of two new features, Ask the Critic and Fly in the Soup. Submit suggestions for the former by e-mailing Ian here, and then click here to learn all about the latter.
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This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu; to read part one, click here. Look for part three tomorrow.
Robin Wheeler3 favorite restaurants in St. Louis, besides yours? El Bronco, Gokul, Niche.
Local chef who most impresses you? José a ... More >>
This is part one of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu. Part two will be published tomorrow, and part three on Friday.
Robin WheelerA man, a plan, a ham: Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu"I really appreciate obsessiveness in other people because I have ... More >>
Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.Feast: George warmed up with a list of local restaurant fireplaces and a guide to pronouncing restaurant names. STL Hops: Mike gave the latest report on St. Louis' Hopslam fever epidemic, the announcement of the 2010 Craft Beer Week and Centen ... More >>