"The pappardelle -- the pasta itself -- is my recipe," says chef and Italian native Alessando Bozzato of Giovanni's Kitchen (8831 Ladue Road; 314-721-4100), which opened in Ladue's Colonial Marketplace last month. "The meat sauce is what my mother used to cook for me."
We've got two under-the-radar openings for you this week: Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar (1131 Colonnade Center; 314-821-5455) is now open as well as Zoup! (810 North New Ballas Road; 314-792-6060) in Creve Coeur. We spoke to both owners a few months ago to get the scoop. See also: Pairings Wine & Des ... More >>
The Gut Check One Hundred is our accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the newest dishes at the best restaurants. These are the 100 dishes that define St. Louis dining in 2013. Our list culminates this fall when ... More >>
Our friends at Eater are celebrating "Whale Week," a tribute to high-spending diners -- or whales, as they're known in industry-speak. As part of the festivities, Eater ranked the fourteen most expensive tasting menus in America. The cheapest ("cheapest") tasting menu on the list is at Daniel in New ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation today announced the semifinalists for its annual awards honoring restaurants and chefs (link PDF). St. Louis scored four chefs in the category "Best Chef: Midwest" and -- a first, to the best of my knowledge -- a restaurant in the "Best New Restaurant" category, which incl ... More >>
The acclaimed south city Italian restaurant Trattoria Marcella (3600 Watson Avenue; 314-352-7706) announced today that it will open a second location in west county. The new restaurant, to be located in the new Ballwin Grove development on Clayton Road north west of Route 141, is slated to open some ... More >>
Ian FroebCrostini Restaurant & Lounge opened this week at 4501 Manchester Road in Forest Park Southeast. When Gut Check spoke with owner and chef Eric Winbigler in May, he described Crostini as an "old 'Mama'-style Italian restaurant, a family-style restaurant."Winbigler is still preparing th ... More >>
Welcome to Lunch Bucket List, a recurring feature in which Gut Check checks out the many lunch specials available at restaurants around town. Know a lunch special we should check out? Drop us a line.Robin WheelerThe Austin from Chuy Arzola'sThe Place: Chuy Arzola's (3701 Lindell Boulevard; 31 ... More >>
Vino Nadoz was transformed from a Cold Stone Creamery to a sleek 43-seat restaurant by the architects at SPACE.For the past nine years, Steven and Kathy Becker have been serving up fast-casual meals at Nadoz Euro Bakery & Café -- with the original location at the Coronado Ballroom in midtown ... More >>
A long-delayed visit to an Edwardsville culinary gem.
On the relatively few occasions when I dine at a nice restaurant, I'm usually seen carrying my "geek bag." (I have used the 820 model for almost ten years.) Inside will be three or four wines from my cellar that I am willing to pay to open pursuant to the restaurant's corkage policy.A restaurant tha ... More >>
Ranoush6501 Delmar Boulevard, University City314-726-6874Special for YouRanoush seated our large party at a special table toward the back of the restaurant. We had to walk through a colorful tent to get to it, which gave it a festive and authentic Middle Eastern feel. As we were seated, the owner ... More >>
This week I visit Señor Pop's, a new(ish) Puerto Rican restaurant in South City. Any restaurant critic worth his weight in rendered duck fat keeps two lists in his head. One identifies those with reason to wish him harm. I dine anonymously, yes, but let me tell you: If, while strolling through the ... More >>
A sneak peek at the first review of 2009, Bobo Noodle House.
Triumph Grill is now open at 3419 Olive Street in Midtown, next-door to the Moto Museum. The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat and 5-10 p.m. Sun. The menu is fairly broad. Check out the lunch menu and the dinner menu. Call 314-446-1801 for more information. - Ia ... More >>
All right, I haven't done one of these in a while. In this week's review of Tower Tacos, I ponder the risks a new restaurant takes. Now, it's part of my job to give a restaurant more than one chance. But I imagine most, probably all, of you who read this blog dine on your own dime. So I'm curious: H ... More >>
Revival is an audacious name for any new restaurant, let alone one that's replacing an institution as beloved and influential as King Louie's. The word's connotations are mostly positive, of course. (Don't worry: I don't plan any CPR jokes.) But whether it conjures thoughts of a Cardinals' late-seas ... More >>
And does it come in a box?
Sommelier Chris Hoel is bidding adieu to his native St. Louis. An e-mail I got from him this morning says he's accepted a job at The French Laundry, the preeminent chef Thomas Keller's Yountville, California restaurant. Hoel is/was one of only two advanced sommeliers (certified by the Court of Maste ... More >>
Clayton's newest restaurant has style to burn — and the substance to back it up.
The Central West End's newest upscale eatery has Ian looking for the exit door.
photo: Jennifer Silverberg Hoel gives Monarch a parting gift. The August 31, 2007, issue of Wine Spectator -- in my mailbox this week -- features the mag's annual Restaurant Awards, which this year honor the wine lists of nearly 4,000 restaurants nationwide worldwide. This might be the mos ... More >>
Chef Kevin Willmann makes impressively more with less at Erato.
Apparently not everyone likes to eat rabbits.
Mike Shannons redone his namesake steak house -- and its a real humdinger
Juniper Grill triumphs even as a small, unassuming storefront bistro in Soulard
We're over the moon for this delectable new fusion spot
The Rose Garden offers up a tasty gimmick
The dishes and decor at Arthur Clay's in Maplewood are downright inspired
The majestic new Monarch brings world-class cuisine to St. Louis
Bar Italia has retained its stellar reputation because it's just that good
Le Petit Paris is a fine stand-in for the City of Light
Welcome to Aqua Vin, the seafood restaurant for people who aren't all that thrilled about the stuff
Football Cardinal great Jackie Smith promises diners a hot time at his new West County restaurant