Chris Kelling, Pi Pizzeria CWE Bartender, Aperol Spritz!

Jun 2, 2010 at 10:00 am

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.

Chris Kelling, Pi Pizzeria CWE Bartender, Aperol Spritz!
Alissa Nelson

Chris Kelling doesn't mince words when chatting about the weather. "It was depressing," declares the Bay Area native, describing his first St. Louis winter. "By February I thought it would never end."

Fortunately, spring finally bloomed, prompting the bar staff at Pi Pizzeria's Central West End location to go to work on the summer drink menu.

The Aperol Spritz, made with freshly squeezed ruby-red grapefruit juice, Aperol liqueur and served on the rocks topped off with a generous splash of prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, is a perfect hot-weather refresher.

Click through to see a video of Kelling mixing an Aperol Spritz...

Pi Pizzeria 400 North Euclid Avenue 314-367-4300

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