Longtime St. Louis Restaurateur to Open New Del Pietro’s in Richmond Heights
St. Louis, MO/June 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – A favorite restaurant name is returning to the St. Louis restaurant scene. Chef Mike Del Pietro has announced he’s opening a new restaurant bearing his family’s name. The new Del Pietro’s at 1059 South Big Bend in Richmond Heights will draw from the legacy of the original Del Pietro’s House of Pasta, but also offer the chef’s fresh takes on classic Italian fare. Del Pietro signed a lease last week for the property at 1059 South Big Bend Boulevard in Richmond Heights. The site was the home of Riverbend Restaurant & Bar from 2014 – 2017, and before that, the long-running Harvest Restaurant.
The Del Pietro name brings back fond memories for many fans of Italian food in St. Louis. Many remember the delicious offerings and hospitable ambiance of the original Del Pietro’s House of Pasta on Hampton Ave. Mike Del Pietro’s parents, Michael Sr. and Mary Rose, opened the original restaurant in 1976. His father passed away in 1986, but his mother continued to operate the popular Italian eatery until she retired, closing the restaurant in 2011. Del Pietro’s restaurant roots go back even further. His maternal grandfather Roy Russo opened Rossino’s in 1954, which served the first pizza in St. Louis.
Del Pietro told St. Louis Magazine, which first reported on his plans for a new restaurant, that he’d been thinking about creating another Del Pietro’s for years, and even picked out a location last year. He says it’s just as well that location didn’t work out since “the Riverbend space is perfect” for his plans. Del Pietro’s new space will undergo fairly extensive renovations, including a gut rehab of the bar and dining areas.
The new incarnation of Del Pietro’s will include some classics from his parents’ place. Look for items like beef modiga (breaded, broiled beef medallions with cheese in a tangy, white wine sauce), stuffed artichokes, and other favorites from the old Del Pietro’s menu. The chef says he will also include dishes that satisfy more modern tastes, and there will be meatballs, spaghetti, and lasagna in some form—but this won’t be another Sugo’s or Babbo’s (two of Mike Del Pietro’s other restaurants). Plans call for the new Del Pietro’s to serve dinner every evening, and brunch on weekends.
Mike Del Pietro is the force behind MDP Restaurants which owns Sugo’s Spaghetteria locations in Frontenac and Edwardsville, as well as Via Vino Enoteca in Frontenac, Babbo’s Spaghetteria locations in Chesterfield and Columbia, Missouri, and the acclaimed Tavolo V in the East Loop. Del Pietro’s will be the first new St. Louis restaurant for Mike Del Pietro since he opened Tavolo V in 2012. The new Richmond Heights restaurant should open in late September or early October 2017.