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    November 25, 2013

    Katie's Pizza & Pasta Now Open in Rock Hill

    Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria will open at 11 a.m. today at 9568 Manchester Road in Rock Hill. Owner Katie Lee left Katie's Pizzeria Cafe in Clayton in 2010, though her father still owns it. Lee began plans for her new restaurant in January of this year with a Kickstarter campaign which raised $40,0 ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    Jon Hamm Defends Imo's on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (VIDEO)

    Hometown boy Jon Hamm -- fresh off his latest loss at this week's Emmy Awards -- stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday to promote his new movie A Young Doctor's Notebook with Daniel Radcliffe and talk about how much he loves St. Louis. "For those who don't know, you are from St. Louis," Kimmel s ... More >>

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    August 7, 2013

    Gringo: Sophomore Slump From the Minds Behind Pi Pizzeria?

    One expects great things from the brain trust that brought us Pi Pizzeria, so I was rather looking forward to my visits to Gringo (398 North Euclid Avenue; 314-449-1212), the self-described Baja surf lodge now occupying the corner of Euclid and McPherson in the Central West End. Sure, it's a lot to ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 10, 2013

    An Updated Guide to Restaurants in University City: Delmar Boulevard, from Big Bend to 170

    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 West Delmar in a larger map The ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Katie's Pizza & Pasta Finds a Home in Rock Hill

    Katie's Pizza & Pasta started with a concept: artisan pasta and pizza. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, it raised over $40,000 for its development -- and attracted a few traditional investors to boot. Now, the new project from Katie Lee of Katie's Pizzeria Café (6611 Clayton Road, Clayton; 314-727 ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 2, 2013

    New Favorites, Old Friends: An Updated Guide to Restaurants in Lindenwood Park

    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.

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    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 >>

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    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.

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    February 14, 2013
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    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 >>

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    October 8, 2012

    RFT vs. Our Readers: Second Round Results

    As we celebrate the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, Gut Check is asking you, dear readers, to settle the disagreements between our picks and our readers' poll. Once again, we asked you, dear Gut Check readers, to settle the debate between our picks and our readers' choices in some of the m ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating Deep-Dish Pizza and Win $25 to Mile 277 Tap & Grill [Updated]!

    You can win $25 to Mile 277 Tap & Grill (10701 Watson Road, Sunset Hills; 314-645-3277) to and all you have to do is guess where we ate deep-dish pizza. The details of this one are important, though. Not only must you correctly name the restaurant we dined at, but where in St. Louis we were. Up to ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    The Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012: Food & Drink Winners

    It's Christmas Day here at Gut Check International Headquarters, and we're playing the part of Santa Claus. Yes, the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 is live. Click here to view the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012 "Food & Drink" winners. This year's winners take us on a quick trip t ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating this Spicy Pizza and Win $20 to Porter's Fried Chicken [Updated]!

    You can win $20 to Porter's Fried Chicken (3628 South Big Bend Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-781-2097), and all you have to do is guess where we ate this pizza topped with mozzarella, volpi sopressata, red chilies, oregano and spicy tomato sauce. Hint: We dined at a pizza place in downtown St. Louis. ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Review Preview: Tavolo V and Pazzo's Pizzeria

    Since last fall, restaurateur Michael Del Pietro has added two new ventures to his stable: Pazzo's Pizzeria (140 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-821-6500) and Tavolo V (6118 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-4333). This week, I take a look at both spots. Page through for a sneak preview of my review.

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    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 >>

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    May 10, 2012

    The Five Best (Cheap) Italian Restaurants 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    April 21, 2012

    Best of Coachella Day Four (A.K.A. One Again)

    The first weekend of Coachella: cold, damp, and wet. The second weekend of Coachella: hot, sultry, and steamy. Here are our scribes' picks for the best of what they saw on Friday, April 20 at Coachella.

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    March 8, 2012
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    January 17, 2012

    From Garage to Gourmet at Epic Pizza & Subs

    When Todd George first walked into the space that would become Epic Pizza & Subs (1711 South Ninth Street; 314-644-4430), it was nothing more than a concrete box. The floors were unfinished, the walls nothing more than gray cinder block. Even the ceiling was concrete. He had a builders tell him the ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    February 7, 2011

    The Good Pie Announces New Breakfast-Lunch Spot in Clayton

    Image via​Midtown Neapolitan pizza restaurant The Good Pie announced via Twitter on Friday that it will open a new breakfast-lunch spot called Half & Half in Clayton. Good Pie owner Mike Randolph tells Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch that the restaurant will seat approximately 70 and open in ab ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Restaurant Tidbits from Caito's Pizzeria, Pasta House Co.

    George Mahe reports on Relish that Caito's Pizzeria in Chesterfield has closed. (A spinoff location in Glendale was already shuttered.) Caito's was one of the first restaurants I reviewed for the RFT. I was especially fond of its lasagna-like deep-dish specialty, spinjuine.Mahe also confirms what wa ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 2, 2010

    July 2010 Openings and Closings

    Ian FroebPizzeria Tivoli opened last month in Princeton Heights.​Apparently, last month was too hot and muggy to open or close a restaurant. In fact, I'll start this week's column by mentioning an opening from late June that I missed in the previous edition of Restaurant Roll Call: One 19 North Ta ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Party with Tattooed Restaurant Folks & RFT at Pi! Benefit the St. Louis Area Food Bank!

    Gut Check and Riverfront Times invites all St. Louis-area restaurant workers -- especially the tattooed ones -- to join us on July 12 for a Kitchen Ink party at Pi pizzeria's Delmar Loop location. The party, scheduled on a Monday so restaurant folk will be able to attend, coincides with the opening ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.9

    How to spot oil-tainted seafood? The nose knows. Slashfood reports that, in an effort to find a cost-effective way to keep products ruined by the BP oil disaster from reaching customers, the FDA and NOAA are busy training seafood inspectors on how to detect oil by smelling the fish. The Atlantic v ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Chef's Choice, Part 2: Marc Baltes of Pi Pizzerias

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Marc Baltes of Pi Pizzerias; to read part one, click here. Part three will be published later today. Robin Wheeler​Favorite local ingredient? Greenwood Farms bacon. Five words to describe your food. Fresh. Simple. Generous. Bal ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Chef's Choice: Marc Baltes of Pi Pizzerias

    This is part one of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Marc Baltes of Pi Pizzerias; stay tuned for parts two and three. Robin Wheeler​"I was the world's pickiest eater as a child," says Marc Baltes, a Culinary Institute of America grad who now works as executive chef for Pi Pizzeria ... More >>

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    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.

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    February 22, 2010

    Racanelli's Cucina Closed Indefinitely for Renovations

    ​Racanelli's Cucina (6655 Delmar Boulevard; 314-727-8880) has closed indefinitely for renovations, according to a sign posted on the front door of the Delmar Loop pizzeria. The restaurant -- itself a thorough renovation of the Market in the Loop building -- opened in November 2008, serving a more ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Restaurant Roll Call for 2009

    RFT editorial coordinator Courtney Schilling and I did our best to compile as thorough a list of openings and closings as possible. Inevitably, though, some places will slip through the cracks. Please drop us a line or leave a comment with additions or deletions. - IanIan FroebMcCormick & Schmic ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Serious Eats Celebrates The Good Pie

    ​Slice, the pizza-centric site from food blog Serious Eats, has once again filed a report on a St. Louis pizzeria. Daniel Zemans has previously filed reports on Thai Pizza Co., Pi and Imo's. Now (last week, technically) he offers a glowing review of Midtown's Neapolitan pizzeria The Good Pie (3137 ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009
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    December 16, 2009

    The Top Ten Dishes of 2009 #8: Neapolitan Pizza at the Good Pie

    ​The key to any Neapolitan pizza is the quality of its crust, and at its best, the Good Pie's is very good: Crisp on the bottom, and even dotted here and there with char, but with an ever-so-tender chew and a pleasant, mild sour note. Pork gluttons might consider the "Mast'nicola," which includes ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Stuck to My Ribs: Bono's Pizzeria

    Josh Bacott​One of the detriments to living in a city that claims its own "style" of pizza? A significant chunk of the locally-owned establishments ignore the alternatives.Seemingly every neighborhood joint that offers delivery specializes in thin-crust St. Louis-style pizza. As a lifelong reside ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    FoodWire: Serious Eats Visits Pi

    Last week, I noted that Slice, the pizza-centric blog run by national food blog Serious Eats, had filed a report on Thai Pizza Co. in the Delmar Loop. This week, Slice returns to the Loop to check out Pi (6144 Delmar Boulevard; website).Daniel Zemans, who also wrote the Thai Pizza Co. post, is gener ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    FoodWire: New Restaurant with Familiar Name on Laclede's Landing

    Splashy ad in this week's dead-tree RFT for a new restaurant and bar at 800 North 3rd Street on Laclede's Landing: King Louie's Courtyard Bar & Pizzeria. Yeah, they went there, taking the name of the late, lamented restaurant at 3800 Chouteau Avenue.At first, I was all, "Oh, no, they didn't!" Bu ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Review Slideshow: Racanelli's Cucina

    Jennifer Silverberg​My review of Racanelli's Cucina is now available online. Racanelli's Cucina is located at 6655 Delmar Boulevard (the former Market in the Loop building). You can check out the restaurant's menu and more at its website.In this week's Back of the House slideshow, Jennifer Silverb ... More >>

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