• Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Lemmons to Close, Owner Says "The Real Problem...Is Me"

    Word began spreading rapidly last night that Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue; 314-481-4812), the beloved bar, pizza joint and music venue in the Bevo Mill area, is closing after twelve years. Owner Michael Gross says he came to the decision, then began telling staff members individually yesterday. He ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Pizzeria Mia Opens in the Central West End

    A new Italian restaurant called Pizzeria Mia opened yesterday in the Central West End at 4501 Maryland Avenue. It appears to be associated with Bevo Mill coffee shop Caffe Milano, which means it's been in the works since at least July 2011. We reported back then that the city's board of adjustment w ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Pi Pizzeria Heads to Cincinnati

    Pi Pizzeria is continuing its pizza domination and announced this week it's adding a location in Cincinnati, Ohio. It will be Pi's seventh location overall and only the second outside of St. Louis. See also: Pi Pizzeria, Gringo Team Up with Mayor Francis Slay for Higher Minimum Wage "We are thrill ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    The Good Pie Now Open on Delmar

    The Good Pie (6665 Delmar Boulevard), after a slight delay, is finally open in the Loop. The pizza place from the guys at the late, lamented Little Country Gentleman closed in Midtown last August. Luckily for us, its new spot is right here in U. City. See also: Crust Achin': Ian ventures forth in s ... More >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Vito's Coming to the Chesterfield Valley

    Vito's Sicilian Pizzeria (3515 Lindell Boulevard; 314-534-8486) is coming to the Chesterfield Valley. Gio LaFata, brother of Vito LaFata III, will be heading up Vito's in the Valley at 138 Chesterfield Towne Center, where Trattoria Branica used to be. More details after the jump. See also: - Viva ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    DeMun Neighborhood Guide: Fine Dining and Pastrami Deli Sandwiches

    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 DeMun in a larger map DeMun i ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 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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    January 14, 2013

    Guess Where I'm Eating This Pizza and Win $25 to Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas [Updated with New Clue]

    Guess where I'm eating this pizza, and you could win a $25 gift certificate to Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas (5046 Shaw Avenue; 314-771-4900). No, the answer isn't Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas. Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address (or Twitter handle or Facebook profile URL) in the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Pi Pizzeria Retiring Its Food Truck from Regular Duty

    In 2010, Pi Pizzeria launched St. Louis' food-truck boom with its Pi on the Spot truck. This afternoon, the restaurant announced that its truck will end its regular operations on Tuesday, July 31. We've enjoyed bringing our Pi to guests who couldn't otherwise enjoy Pi in our full-service restaurant ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 21, 2012

    Eat Me in St. Louis: Ten Splurge Restaurants for March Madness Visitors

    Hello, fans of North Carolina, North Carolina State, Kansas and Ohio, and welcome to St. Louis for the -- deep breath -- 2012 NCAA Division One Men's Basketball Championship Midwest Regionals! You've come all the way to St. Louis to watch your beloved team fight for a berth in the Final Four. Why n ... More >>

  • Dining

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    St. Louis National Pizza Co. Now Open

    Ian Froeb​After a lengthy gestation, St. Louis National Pizza Co. opened its doors last week at 3201 South Grand Boulevard. Owner Brian Williams has lived in Chicago and New York as well as the Gateway City, and his pizzeria offers all three distinct styles of pizza. That's right: Provel, mozz and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Chris Kelling, Pi Pizzeria CWE Bartender, Aperol Spritz!

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Pi Pizzeria bartender Chris Kelling. Part two, featuring a Q&A with Kelling, will be posted here tomorrow. Alissa Nelson​Chris Kellin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Cold Pizza Pi!

    ​Need a reason to put pants on come Sunday morning? If you can get clothed and get yourself to Pi in the Central West End by 11 a.m., you can have cold pizza for breakfast. Beginning this weekend the restaurant will offer a selection of its thin-crust and deep-dish pies -- with meat or with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    December 11, 2009

    Chef's Choice Recipes: Jon Feraro's Fast Pizza Recipe

    Robin Wheeler​"Here is a little recipe very similar to the way I make pizza in the shop and at home," says Jon Feraro of Feraro's Jersey Style Pizza, who was profiled in yesterday's Chef's Choice. "If you follow these steps, you can impress your friends and family with fresh Jersey-style pizza at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2009
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    July 29, 2009
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    February 18, 2009

    Review Slideshow: The Good Pie

    My review of the Good Pie, the new Neapolitan-style pizza joint in Midtown, is now available online. The Good Pie is located at 3137 Olive Street; the menu is available at its Web site.In this week's Back of the House slideshow, photographer Jennifer Silverberg shows you the Good Pie, its pizzas and ... More >>

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    October 20, 2008

    Updated: Barack Obama Likes Pie -- And Pizza from Pi

    Barack Obama's speech Saturday under the Gateway Arch included a humorous anecdote about the senator and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland stopping for a slice of pie. "Some people like cake," Obama deadpanned. "I like pie." (For the record, Obama's favorite kind of pie is sweet-potato. Second is pecan ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 6, 2008
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    April 30, 2008

    The Great St. Louis Pizza Glut of 2008: A Slideshow

    As I mentioned when I teased last week's review of Katie's Pizzeria Café, St. Louis is experiencing a glut of new, non-St. Louis-style pizza joints: Katie's, Pi, Bridge & Tunnel Pizza and Onesto. My colleague Nick Lucchesi has put together a very cool slideshow with behind-the-scenes looks at all ... More >>

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