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 >>
Happy Birthday to Onesto Pizza and Trattoria, who turns five on Saturday!
To celebrate, Onesto (5401 Finkman Street; 314-802-8883) is hosting a free party complete with games, sangria and a roasted pig on a spit on Saturday, April 6 beginning at 1 p.m. The party rages on until the pig is gone.
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You wouldn't know it from this week's weather -- not to mention the forecast for Sunday -- but spring has officially arrived, and Vito Racanelli Jr. of Mad Tomato (8000 Carondelet Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-5733) has a spring in ... More >>
Todd Brutcher isn't afraid to experiment with drink recipes, mixing and musing to see what sticks. As a bartender and manager at Princeton Heights eatery Onesto Pizza & Trattoria (5401 Finkman Street; 314-802-8883) Brutcher whips up wildly creative, seasonally inspired cocktails and pitchers of sang ... More >>
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 >>
Four years after opening Onesto Pizza and Trattoria (5401 Finkman Avenue; 314-802-8883) in the city's Princeton Heights neighborhood, chef Vito Racanelli Jr. announced this morning that he has split from business partner Craig Stenson and is no longer involved with the restaurant, effective immediat ... More >>
I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes from the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011. The top dish will be revealed on Tuesday, December 27, and look for a slideshow featuring most of the winners on Wednesday, December 28.The "Hunter's Egg," one of the antipasti on the menu at Vito Racanelli Jr' ... More >>
Gut Check is constantly working to bring the latest food news to our readers. As a result, we do a lot of blogging. In an effort to draw attention to great posts that may have otherwise been lost in the blogosphere (and to recognize our hard-working writers), we present Post of the Month.Selecting t ... More >>
Sarah RusnakTaste of St. Louis returns this weekend, and Gut Check can't help but think that the word "taste" doesn't even begin to encompass the event. Not only can you try food from 45 area restaurants, but you can also peruse the work of local and regional artists and rub elbows with some of o ... More >>
Robin WheelerA pizza at Mad Tomato, the new restaurant from Vito Racanelli Jr. of OnestoI've lost track of whether the economy is recovering, recovering but slowly, stalling or whatever. What I do know is that in St. Louis, May was a very busy month for restaurant openings, with everything from a ... More >>
Video still viaVegan Black Metal Chef This week, things got a little dark at Gut Check headquarters, as we were introduced to the Vegan Black Metal Chef and clumsy wannabe-cannibals.
What else did we do this week?
We talked to chef Nate Hereford of Niche, and he shared his recipe for Engli ... More >>
Ian FroebMad Tomato, a new restaurant in ClaytonMad Tomato, the new Italian restaurant from chef Vito Racanelli Jr. (Onesto Pizza and Trattoria, the late Big V's Burger Joint), will open its doors at 8000 Carondelet Avenue in Clayton at 11 a.m. tomorrow, May 10.The lunch menu offers pizzas, panin ... More >>
Vito Racanelli Jr. of Onesto Pizza & TrattoriaGut Check harvested a bumper crop of local food news this week. We reported on the West End Wok, a new eatery coming to the Central West End, compiled a list of links to all the restaurant openings being reported around town, ... More >>
Robin WheelerVito Racanelli Jr. of Onesto Pizza & TrattoriaIt's only the second full week of October, but it's already been a busy month for local restaurant news -- so busy that our friends in the local have scored several scoops of their own.- Evan Benn reports at Off the Menu that The Tave ... More >>
Robin WheelerOnesto owner and chef Vito RacanelliSlow Food St. Louis and Welcome Books have joined together with Onesto Pizza and Trattoria (5401 Finkman Street; website) to host "A Slow Taste of Tuscany," a dinner to celebrate the new book Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town by Douglas Gayeton. The book ... More >>
A colleague suggests an addition to today's list of ballplayer-branded foods: Matt "Butterfingers" Holliday.Ouch.Yes. It has been a gloomy couple of days around here -- St. Louis, I mean, not Gut Check International Headquarters, though we're still a bit misty-eyed over the closing of Gourmet -- ... More >>
Robin WheelerVito Racanelli of Onesto Pizza & TrattoriaVito Racanelli, owner and chef of Onesto Pizza and Trattoria (website), comes by his food roots honestly. Born in New York City to parents from Bari and Calabria, he moved with his family to St. Louis when he was thirteen years old.The R ... More >>
Robin WheelerVito Racanelli of Onesto Pizza and TrattoriaAs I wrote in my profile of Vito Racanelli, the chef's food passion lies in the home cooking of his 71-year-old mother, who still cans her own tomatoes every summer. Don't skimp on the fresh flat-leaf parsley. The herb's the predominant sea ... More >>
Onesto Pizza & Trattoria (5401 Finkman Avenue; website) is holding its Summer Soiree event from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25. The event will highlight local agriculture, pairing food from chef Vito Racanelli -- made with fresh produce from local farms -- with local beer and wine vendors. Th ... More >>