• Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Review: Plank Road Pizza Paves the Way to the Area's Newest Dining Destination -- Cottleville

    Plank Road Pizza 5212 Highway N, Cottleville; 636-477-6154) 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mon.) Pass the Chesterfield Valley outlet malls and cross the Boone Bridge, and you'll find yourself at a fork off the Highway 94 exit ramp. If you turn l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Market Pub House Debuts Pizza Crust Made with Budweiser

    John Racanelli already owns a pizza joint -- Racanelli's. So how could he make the pizza at his other restaurant, Market Pub House (12 South Euclid Avenue; 314-367-7866), stand out? Simple: add Budweiser. See also: Racanelli's Pizza to Open in the Loop

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Yaqui's on Cherokee's New Corner Bar Offers Wine and Wood-Fired Pizzas

    Yaqui's on Cherokee (2728 Cherokee Street; 314-400-7712) opened its bar just in time for the neighborhood's Cinco de Mayo celebration, but it wasn't until mid-July that it started serving up the main inspiration behind its concept: owner Francis Rodriguez's take on the Neapolitan pizza, cooked to-or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Monte Bello Pizzeria Reopens After Kitchen Renovations

    Monte Bello Pizzeria (3662 Weber Road; 314-638-8861) is the little restaurant that could. Owner Tom Nix took over the 64-year-old family business last year, only to be thwarted by plumbing issues in June. The needed kitchen renovations were so extensive that Nix wasn't sure Monte Bello would stay op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    A Pizza Story Working Towards Opening Despite Construction Setbacks

    Last fall we reported on two pizza places coming to Maplewood's historic main drag. One is open; the other is not quite there. A Pizza Story, helmed by three former academics, is currently under construction at 7278 Manchester Avenue, transforming from a typewriter repair shop into a restaurant. Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Amateur Weatherman's Warning for Missouri Is Kinda Spectacular

    Meet Frankie MacDonald, a 28-year-old weather guru from Nova Scotia whose YouTube forecasts have become something of an Internet sensation. Earlier this week MacDonald issued a dire message for Missourians: Be prepared for a major winter storm this Sunday, March 2.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Yaqui's on Cherokee Eyes February Opening After Extensive Construction

    Yaqui's, an upcoming wine bar and wood-fired pizza restaurant, is shooting for an end-of-February opening at 2728 Cherokee Street. Originally, co-owner Francis Rodriguez hoped to open last November, but repairs to the 120-year-old building took much longer than expected. See also: Tidbits: Grove Ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: November 2013

    This month was fairly under-the-radar as far as openings and closings go. There are many openings set for December, but a few took the leap in November. Katie Lee finally opened her artisan pizzeria, separate from her father, and the guys behind The Tavern brought some Italian goodness to the Centra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Brunch Is...

    Thanks to all your votes last week, we are prepared to crown a winner in our readers' poll for St. Louis' Most Underrated Brunch. The triumphant restaurant took almost 40 percent of the vote (39.76 to be exact) with second place clocking in at a distant 24.7 percent. Find out the winner after the ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Soccer Bars and Farmers' Markets: An Updated Guide to Tower Grove

    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. View Tower Grove in a larger map Tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Pi Pizzeria's Pi Squared: Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Katie's Pizza & Pasta Reaches Kickstarter Goal

    Katie Lee of Katie's Pizzeria Café (6611 Clayton Road, Clayton; 314-727-8585) told us in January about her plans for a new venture, Katie's Pizza & Pasta. The new restaurant, she said, will be "an artisan Italian restaurant with an open kitchen, a wood-burning oven [and] some cool new techniques wi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Happy Hour at Colorado Bob's: An Unsinkable Proposition

    Colorado Bob's Ship of Fools (3457 Morganford Road; 314-772-7564) The Hours: Daily, 4 to 6 p.m. The Deal: $2 longnecks, $2.50 Wells, $2.50 bottled beers and $10 buckets.

  • Calendar

    February 14, 2013
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    February 5, 2013

    Tidbits: El Paisano Opens, Mama Gusto's 314 Closes and Imo's Makes National Pizza List

    - We told you last month that the local chain of Mexican restaurants El Paisano Mexican Bar & Grill was opening a new location at 5916 Delmar Boulevard, where Delmar intersects with Hamilton Avenue, a few blocks east of the Delmar Loop. (The space formerly held the Twisted Olive.) The restaurant ope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Gut Check Chows Down on Imo's New Provel Bites

    Riverfront Times restaurant critic Ian Froeb's animus for Provel is, let's face it, well documented. (He once famously summed up that "Provel is a processed cheese made from Swiss, provolone and cheddar cheeses. Sounds harmless, no? Sadly, it is considerably less than the sum of its parts.") Gut C ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 3, 2013
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    December 11, 2012

    The Cheshire's Lower-Level Gastropub Basso Opens Monday, December 17

    Basso (6300 Clayton Road; 314-932-7818), the gastropub located in the lower-level of the Restaurant at the Cheshire (6300 Clayton Road; 314-647-7300), opens its doors Monday, December 17. Basso's opening comes a little more than a month after the Restaurant at the Cheshire's opening on November 5. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Tidbits from La Cantina, Pi

    - La Cantina opened this week at 35 North Gore Avenue in Webster Groves. La Cantina is the new Mexican restaurant from Roberto Trevino, owner and chef of Amigos Cantina (120 West Jefferson Street, Kirkwood; 314-821-0877). La Cantina is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Stuff It: Gut Check Makes Stuffed Crust Pizza Monsters, Nasty Food Gang Bang Ensues

    Gut Check is suffering from Pizza-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the last month we've seen Pizza Hut UK introduce a hot dog stuffed crust pizza and Pizza Hut Middle East roll out a cheeseburger-stuffed-crust pizza and a chicken-filet-stuffed-crust pizza. We reported that Pizza Hut US re-released its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    The Five Best Wings in St. Louis

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Pi Pizzeria to Dedicate Its Food Truck to Benefit Charity

    ​Pi Pizzeria is known for many things. Its pizza is loved by President Obama, it has a great happy hour, it set the standard for the food-truck boom in St. Louis and, of course, it serves up a mean deep-dish pizza. Now, founder Chris Sommers intends to use the brand's visibility for good -- by d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Tidbits from Joanie's Pizzeria, Wasabi Sushi Bar

    The original Joanie's Pizzeria in Soulard​- Gut Check reported in September that ​Joanie's Pizzeria (2101 Menard Street; 314-865-1994) planned to open a new location at 5441 Telegraph Road in the Oakville area of south St. Louis County. That location is now open, according to Joanie's Facebook p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    River City Savories Offers Homemade Cheese Spreads and Baked Goods

    Courtesy of Laura Van AlstineA Cardinals-themed hand-painted pie by River City Savories.​People call Brian Runge the cheesemonger. When a friend sent him nearly 100 pounds of dehydrated morel mushrooms, he decided to get creative by incorporating them into a cheese spread that became so popula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Black Moth Super Rainbow's Tobacco On The New Album (Maybe), Drugs and Prank Calls

    ​For a guy who makes some of weird sounding shit, Tom Fec is a pretty normal dude. He exercises. He dreams of giving up, getting fat and going bald. He loves the '80s, but not in a lame, ironic way. But Fec crafts day-glo hallucinogenic pop with Black Moth Super Rainbow, and drops bass like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Chris Sommers (Deep) Dishes on the Changes at Pi Pizzeria

    Robin Wheeler Steven Caravelli is headed to Pi Pizzeria.​Pi Pizzeria this week announced a change at the top of its culinary team: Steven Caravelli, formerly the executive chef of Sleek and Araka as well as a brief stint at The Mud House, is taking over for Marc Baltes, who is leaving St. L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Miguel Carretero of Guido's, Part Two

    This is part two of Deborah Hyland's Chef's Choice profile of Miguel Carretero of Guido's. To read part one, click here. Stay tuned for part three, a recipe from Carretero, which we'll publish tomorrow. Deborah HylandCarretero in Guido's homestyle dining room​Did your family cook when you we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Miguel Carretero of Guido's Pizzeria and Tapas

    This is part one of Deborah Hyland's Chef's Choice profile of chef Miguel Carretero of Guido's Pizzeria and Tapas. Part two, a Q&A, will be published tomorrow. Look for part three, a recipe from Carretero, on Thursday. Deborah Hyland​When most eighteen-year-olds were still popping zits and gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    This Election Night, The Rent Is Too Damn Pi

    Courtesy: Pi Pizzeria​It seems like only yesterday that Gut Check was noting its perhaps exhaustive coverage of Pi Pizzeria. But when owner Chris Sommers sends us a graphic as amazing as this, we have no choice but to share it with you.This Election Day night -- Tuesday, November 2, for those of y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Today! The Midtown Alley Street Fest

    The Midtown Alley Street Fest is taking place today from 4-11 p.m. in, um, Midtown. Says the event's website: The Happy Hour of the summer takes place on Locust Street in the heart of Midtown Alley. Free to the public, Locust will be closed from Garrison to Compton to celebrate the neighborhood wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Pizzeria Tivoli Now Open in Princeton Heights

    Ian Froeb​Gut Check first reported on Pizzeria Tivoli in May. This weekend I received an email informing me that the restaurant is now open at 5861 South Kingshighway (the former home of Jasminka Homemade Cakes). Hours are 4-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 4-11 p.m. Saturd ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Chef's Choice, Part 2: Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu

    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 Wheeler​3 favorite restaurants in St. Louis, besides yours? El Bronco, Gokul, Niche. Local chef who most impresses you? José a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    First Lady of United States of America Settles Pizza Rivalry: New York is Better Than Chicago

    But what about St. Louis? Pi: Not even in the running.​Many of us know by now that President Barack Obama dug the pizza from St. Louis' own Pi so much when he ate it here during his campaign, he invited Pi's staff to the White House to prepare it there.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Clementine Mimosa, Katie's Pizzeria Café

    Today is the first day you can get away with wearing a light jacket instead of a winter coat. The sky is a fuzzy blue baby blanket, the sun is a revelation. Winter's oppression lifting is like falling in love: You wait, and wait, and wait, but when it finally happens it feels sudden and unexpected. ... More >>

  • News

    October 7, 2009
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    February 19, 2009

    FoodWire: New Belgium Brewer Tonight at Pi

    Are you a fan of Fat Tire, Blue Paddle, 1554 or any other beers from New Belgium Brewing? You can meet brewer Lauren Salazar from 6-8 p.m. this evening at deep-dish mecca Pi (6144 Delmar Boulevard; Web site).

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 2.17

    Scientists say that, in terms of agriculture's contribution to global warming, hamburgers are the Hummer of food. (AP)Several sates are looking to lessen restrictions on sales of beer, wine and liquor to boost the sagging economy. (AP)The quest to find the true origin of Chicago deep-dish pizza. (Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    FoodWire: The Wedge Introduces Delivery

    South City bar and pizza joint The Wedge (442 Bates Street) will deliver, beginning Wednesday, December 31. Delivery is available from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-Midnight Fri.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. The delivery area is bounded by Itaska Street to the north, Germania Street to the sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Update: Racanelli's in the Loop to Become Racanielli's Cucina

    A quick update on the Delmar Loop location of Racanelli's (6655 Delmar Boulevard), which currently is being remodeled. According to a banner hung outside, the renovated Racanelli's, which is taking over the entire Market in the Loop space, will be known as Racanelli's Cucina, a pizzeria and bar. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Best of St. Louis 2008 Readers' Poll

    Yes, it's that time of year again: The RFT Best of St. Louis 2008 Readers' Poll is now available online and in the print edition. Vote here or turn to page 14 of this week's issue. Best New Restaurant? Best Thin-Crust Pizza? Best Mexican Restaurant? We of the RFT editorial staff will make our choic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    Opening Tomorrow: Bridge & Tunnel Pizza

    Bridge & Tunnel Pizza opens tomorrow at 1131 Washington Avenue. The pizzeria is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tue.-Sun. No menu online yet. Another photo after the jump. -Ian Froeb

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    March 20, 2008

    Pi Now Open

    I included this news in last week's Gut Check column -- but totally forgot to post it on the blog. So, anyway, the pizzeria Pi is now open at 6144 Delmar Boulevard, the former Mirasol space. -Ian Froeb

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    January 22, 2008

    Restaurant Tidbit: Pi

    Driving into work this morning, I noticed signs in the windows of Pi, the pizzeria taking over the former Mirasol space at 6144 Delmar Boulevard, announcing that the restaurant will open on...3/14. Heh heh heh. -Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2007

    JJ Twig's Pizza and Pub

    I visit many restaurants -- too many to cover in the print version of the RFT. From time to time I'll share my thoughts on these visits in briefer, less formal blog-exclusive reviews. Sometimes I think there must be as many variations on pizza as there are people who eat it. The regional difference ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2007

    Best of St. Louis 2007 Readers' Poll

    If you haven't picked up this week's RFT, you should. Inside you'll find the ballot for the Best of St. Louis 2007 Readers' Poll. You can vote for your favorites in eight categories, including both Restaurants and Food & Drink. How will your choices for Best New Restaurant, Best Pizza and many more ... More >>

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    March 15, 2006
  • Dining

    January 26, 2005

    Unchained Melody

    Dewey's Pizza aims to keep it all deliciously local