But then Hayes moved on, citing that wearisome catch-all excuse, "creative differences." Dominic Scotino, a graduate of the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park culinary program, and owner Heisler are now in charge of the kitchen. At age twenty-one, Scotino is the youngest executive chef in St. Louis.
Bella Città's summer menu, which was introduced shortly before Hayes resigned, showed subtle but alarming signs of being drawn in by the Hill's forceful gravitational pull. Yet with such glorious offerings as Muscovy duck with preserved lemon, currants and couscous; Spanish-style bouillabaisse; and pheasant with sultanas, pine nuts and lentils, the restaurant still revolves in its own orbit.
To avoid useless fat, check out the best of the meal of the day at WC -- breakfast, if only for the world's best affordable coffee. It's not pretentiously "gourmet," but it's good and hot and, chances are, it moves quickly. The worst thing for coffee is to sit and burn. A large java with a plain cake doughnut -- individually wrapped -- comes to a reasonable $1.11. It's just the right mix of sugar and caffeine to jerk you into alertness. While waiting for a WC employee to pour the coffee into a paper cup with a faux Starbucks logo, don't forget a napkin to wrap around it. Coffee-cup holders are nowhere to be found. But where else could you get good coffee, a government-issue doughnut and a chance to hear a customer at 8:30 a.m. in the drive-thru order chicken rings with melted "cheese"?