Casual Italian Menu at Sugo’s Spaghetteria
Edwardsville, IL/August 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Some dishes just scream “family dinner,” and some restaurants beckon families to dine there. Sugo’s Spaghetteria in Edwardsville is one such restaurant, famous for some of the most family friendly cuisine to be had: spaghetti and meatballs. The restaurant sits in one of the newer strip malls along Troy Road in Edwardsville. The actual address, 243 Harvard Drive, refers to the small street that cuts behind Dierberg’s between Troy Road and Il-159. So Sugo’s Edwardsville is a little off the beaten path, but not too hard to find. Part of the Michael Del Pietro Restaurant Group, there are actually two Sugo’s locations—the one in Edwardsville and another in Frontenac (10419 Clayton Road), similarly situated in the Frontenac Grove Shopping Center. Both offer fresh pastas, pizza, salads, antipasti, and entrées with a pleasantly diverse wine list in a comfortably casual environment.
I recently dined at the Edwardsville spaghetteria with friends and family. It was a relaxed, enjoyable evening all the way around, with the friendly, attentive staff making sure everyone was well cared for. The rustic decor made for a relaxed, comfortable dining environment. We tried several dishes on the menu, including the famous spaghetti and meatballs. The Sugo’s menu is focused on quality, with a nice, albeit somewhat small, selection of elevated Italian offerings. Both locations offer three salads, ten pastas, five Neapolitan pizzas, and five antipasti to choose from, along with a few entrees. They keep it simple by offering three special entrees each night: veal, chicken and fish. At Frontenac, Sicilian pizza is also available and topped to order.
At Sugo’s each meal begins with a plate of fresh bread, extra virgin olive oil, and a bottle of chilled water. We began with the bruschetta. A generous plate of perfectly toasted bread topped with garlic, tomatoes, fresh basil, and parmigiano cheese for a very reasonable $5. It was very fresh and prepared the palate well for the Italian favorites that followed. We stuck with pasta the night we dined at Sugo’s, but they also offered several special entrees including Chicken Marsala and Chicken Spiedini. The dishes we tried included Tutto Mare: linguini with a perfectly cooked assortment of shrimp, clams, and crabmeat in a shrimp broth-based sauce. It was very good, if not as creamy as expected. The lasagna is a generous portion, layered with fresh pasta, ripe tomato sauce, Italian sausage, and cheese—most satisfying. The Pollo Alfredo is a classic fettuccine Alfredo with chicken. The roasted garlic cream sauce was delicious, but could have been a touch creamier. Then came the spaghetti and meatballs. This dish stole the show. It was a huge portion of spaghetti with chunky tomato sauce that had been touched with cream. Two huge (fist-sized) meatballs sat atop. The portion is generous enough for two. The meatballs were meaty, perfectly cooked and seasoned. It was everything spaghetti and meatballs should be: warm, comforting, sophisticated enough for adult palates without being pretentious, and simply delicious.
Both Sugo’s locations are open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner Monday – Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. In Frontenac, Sugo’s offers dinner Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Edwardsville location is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10:00 p.m.
The prices might make you think you’ve stumbled into a fast-food joint or diner, but the quality of ingredients, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and wine selection will assure you this is genuine Italian. Don’t expect to rush through your meal at Sugo’s. The service is good, but fresh Italian fare does take a few extra minutes to prepare. So, relax, sip some wine, nibble the fresh bread (they’ll bring more if you run low), and enjoy spending time with your dining companions while you wait for a deliciously elevated, home-style Italian meal.