• Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Get a Peek at Vito's in the Valley's Spring Menu

    Vito's in the Valley (138 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield; 636-536-3788) has had a bumpy couple of months -- it was forced to close in January after a 2,000-gallon water leak in the dining room. After a few weeks of renovations, Vito's reopened and is about to debut a new spring and summer m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Ian Fisher and the Present in This Week's Print Feature: Interview Outtakes

    In our music feature this week, we dive into the nomadic existence of Ian Fisher and the Present, a duo comprised of Ste. Genevieve native Ian Fisher and St. Louisan Ryan Carpenter. Fisher has carved out a living in Europe as a traveling minstrel, booking shows with Carpenter and other friends in Au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Where Is Falafelwich?

    Has Falafelwich (@Falafelwich; 314-884-8370) gone AWOL? The food truck last tweeted about its regular operations on Friday, June 8, prior to the most recent "Food Truck Friday" organized by Sauce. It hasn't updated its Facebook page since that same day. The Falafelwich website redirects to a Go Dad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    The Ex Cop Donut Shop: Keeping South County Safe for Bacon Doughnuts

    Yes, in case you happened to be wondering, Frank Loforte, owner, proprietor and head doughnut-maker at the Ex Cop Donut Shop (4584 Telegraph Road, Oakville; 314-894-2677) is, indeed, an ex-cop. So's his wife and business partner Linda. Both served in the City of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Departm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Where Is Sicily Streat? Part Two [Updated]

    Gut Check noticed last week that the Sicily Streat (@SicilyStreat; 314-440-2636) appears to have gone AWOL. The food truck has sent no tweets from its account since the end of February, and -- anecdotally, at least -- there have been no sightings of it since then, either. Our attempts to reach the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Where Is Sicily Streat?

    When each week seems to bring news of a new food truck or two, you can easily lose track of all the trucks already on the streets of St. Louis. Which is why Gut Check didn't notice till a Twitter friend pointed it out this morning that Sicily Streat, née Mangia Mobile, one of the first of the new w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Openings & Closings 2011: The Final Reckoning

    At last, Gut Check closes the books on 2011 with our annual roundup of all the year's openings and closings and relocations. Of course, we say "at last" knowing that, in spite of our best efforts, we likely missed more than a few restaurant debuts and departures. Please let us know in the comments!

  • News

    December 29, 2011
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    December 21, 2011

    Food Trucks Hit Speed Bump at Broadway and Pine [Updated]

    A major update, including new details on the cause of the dispute and a lengthy interview with the owner of Monty's Sandwich Emporium, follows the original post after the jump.Over the first year (and change) of the St. Louis food truck boom, one of the trucks' favored parking spots has been the dow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: November 18-20

    Image via​Friday (November 18): Around the World Wine Dinner @ Missouri Botanical Gardens Chefs from Catering St. Louis will create a four-course regional menu featuring Portugal, pairing each course with a different wine from the same region. Enjoy roasted garlic-potato soup over a chorizo-k ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 3, 2011
  • Music

    November 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Review Slideshow: Cha Cha Chow and Sicily Streat

    Jennifer SilverbergCha Cha Chow co-owner Linda Jones and general manager Brett Reagan​This week is the first installment of "Food Truck Fever," a recurring series of reviews of the food trucks that have inundated St. Louis over the past year or so. My review of two of those trucks, Cha Cha Chow an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Review Preview: Cha Cha Chow and Sicily Streat

    Alissa NelsonCha Cha Chow, serving up tacos last winter​A few weeks ago, I gassed up the car, made sure my mobile Twitter app was up-to-date and finally began my pursuit of St. Louis' influx of food trucks. A sneak peek of the first review, of Cha Cha Chow and Sicily Streat, is after the jump.

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    September 2011 Openings & Closings

    Ian Froeb​In what has become a trend, September was a busy month for openings, including Tucci & Fresta's Trattoria & Bar, a higher-end restaurant from the founders of the Pasta House Co., and the highly anticipated, members-only Blood & Sand.Oddly, it was also a busy month for restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Mangia Mobile Now Sicily Streat

    Ian FroebDon't call it Mangia Mobile.​There was a food truck. Then there was a lawsuit. Then there was an injunction. Now there is a new name.Mangia Mobile announced via Twitter this morning that it will now be known as Sicily Streat. The "streat" is [sic]. As in eat. It took us a second, but we h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Basta! Mangia Italiano Slaps Mangia Mobile With Lawsuit [Updated]

    Photo by Robin WheelerFood-dealer and defendant: Mangia Mobile gets sued by Mangia Italiano​After months of legal wrangling, Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Blvd; 314-664-8585), the 28-year-old Italian restaurant on South Grand, is now suing the unaffiliated food truck, Mangia Mobile. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Angelo's Taverna Opens in the Shadow of the Gateway Arch

    ​Some of you might know the Lombardo brothers from their upscale steakhouse Carmine's, located on the ground floor of Drury Plaza Hotel on North Fourth Street, a stone's throw from the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch. Now Anthony and Michael Lombardo have opened a complementary restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Butter: Good for Popcorn, Bad for Murder

    ​Usually, when Gut Check enters the shady criminal underworld, it's for nothing more shocking than a drunken brawl at a fast-food restaurant. However, this report from AFP (via Eater) takes things to another level altogether.A man and woman in Sicily allegedly murdered the woman's ex-husband by as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Mangia Mobile Brings Arancini to the Streets

    Mangia MobileArancini - rice balls, stuffed with meat, fried.​ St. Louis' fleet of food trucks continues to grow with Mangia Mobile (not affiliated with Mangia Italiano) joining the pack last month. The Daake siblings - Catherine, Thomas and Alex - pull from their grandmother's Sicilian herita ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Meet St. Louis's Smartest Cab Driver, Mobster Raconteur

    Waugh has been successful despite lacking a college degree.​The cab driver rises from bed in the middle of the afternoon four days a week, just like he's done for the last 10 years. He showers, packs a sandwich, and it's off to the garage to begin his 12-hour graveyard shift. It's a brutal ... 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

    April 21, 2009

    The Noble Writ Kicks Pinot Grigio to the Curb

    Dave Nelson is the author of the blog Beer, Wine and Whisky. He writes about wine for Gut Check every Tuesday.Pinot grigio is one of the runaway success stories of the wine industry over the past decade. At its best, pinot grigio can be a very nice seafood wine or patio sipper -- crisp, lightly frui ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 4, 2009
  • Dining

    August 30, 2006

    St. Louis by the Slice

    The Lou hits your eye with a big pizza pie.

  • Calendar

    April 12, 2006

    Wave the Green, White and Red

    But not in front of the screen

  • Dining

    June 29, 2005

    Room and Bored

    400 Olive is a decent hotel restaurant -- but certainly not a destination in itself

  • Dining

    April 7, 2004

    Sicilian Martini

    Trattoria Marcella, 3600 Watson Road, 314-352-7706

  • Dining

    July 30, 2003

    The Conquest of Clayton

    Luciano's Trattoria marks another delicious victory for the Del Pietro restaurant empire

  • Dining

    June 18, 2003

    The Second Time Around

    Another helping please: Spaghetteria Mama Mia gets it right

  • Dining

    April 10, 2002

    Grand Junction

    The landmark restaurants of Grand Boulevard still pack 'em in