July 22, 2014

Giovanni's Kitchen Serves Italian Fare in Ladue

Located in the stark white Colonial Marketplace strip mall in Ladue, the Gabrieles have done their best to warm up the space. Deep red paint and silver floor-to-ceiling artwork give the walls a rich feel, but the white butcher paper covering black tablecloths conveys a casual air. Large straw globes hang from the ceiling, and attentive (exclusively male) servers buzz about the room, fawning over guests with the same level of attentiveness seen on the Hill. Chef Alessandro Bozzato, an Italian expatriate and veteran of Giovanni’s on the Hill, oversees the kitchen, making everything from the pasta to the mozzarella to the ricotta from scratch.

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of Giovanni's Kitchen.

Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for the Riverfront Times.
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Lasagnette is an individually baked lasagna.
Lasagnette is an individually baked lasagna.
Outside Giovanni's Kitchen in Ladue.
Outside Giovanni's Kitchen in Ladue.
The panna cotta trio includes chocolate, orange and berries.
The panna cotta trio includes chocolate, orange and berries.
Giovanni's bar.
Giovanni's bar.
"Maialina al Forno" is a double-cut pork chop, that's been oven roasted with sour apples and served with mint syrup.
"Maialina al Forno" is a double-cut pork chop, that's been oven roasted with sour apples and served with mint syrup.
Giovanni's dining room.
Giovanni's dining room.
The "Chitarrina Allo Scoglio" is made with shrimp, the fish of the day, diver scallops and razor clams, and it's tossed with housemade square spaghetti and served with a San Marzano tomato sauce and basil.
The "Chitarrina Allo Scoglio" is made with shrimp, the fish of the day, diver scallops and razor clams, and it's tossed with housemade square spaghetti and served with a San Marzano tomato sauce and basil.
Giovanni's dining room.
Giovanni's dining room.
A collection of wines.
A collection of wines.
Homemade bread.
Homemade bread.