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The Legend Continues – Charlie Gitto Jr.

Charlie Gitto Jr.

Charlie Gitto Jr. Going Strong 36 years Later

St. Louis, MO – (STLRestaurant.News) Charlie Gitto Jr. – He may have one of the most recognizable names and faces in St. Louis…and that’s not surprising since Charlie Gitto Jr. is the owner of the most beloved Italian restaurants in St. Louis that has been serving satisfied customers for a respectable 36 + years!  He was recently interviewed by St. Louis Magazine and shared a few of his amazing stories.

From the time he was 8 years old, Charlie knew what he wanted and has spent his life pursuing his dream.  It all began after school foil-wrapping russet potatoes at the place he now owns on The Hill, where his father was maitre d’.  At age 25, when it went up for sale he made it his own calling it “Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill”.

Charlie Gitto Jr.

Charlie Gitto Jr.

Was it always easy?  According to Charlie, it definitely was not.  A snowstorm in ’82, double-digit inflation, a 130 degrees -no air conditioned kitchen, and antiquated equipment made it challenging.  There were a few more challenges in those early days, like a wedding reception in a rain storm that left the tent leaking, the Dom Perignon fountain full of water, and the wedding cake melting.  But those only made Charlie hunker down and work that much harder.  After all, to Charlie, failure was not an option.

Through the years there have been many changes, both to the structure and to customers dining tastes.  Where part of the building now sits, there was once a tomato garden where customers could choose and hand-pick a tomato and watch their salad be made table-side.  The unique Italian Chopped Salad with its phenomenal in-house made dressing is still a favorite to this day.  They’ve also made expansions over the years, first a complete kitchen renovation, then adding three rooms divided by pocket doors then undertaking a major interior remodel a few years ago.

When they first opened it was not unusual for lunch goers to partake of an alcoholic beverage or two.  Whether it was a signature Gibtini , or simply, a Manhattan, 30, 40, 50 of those drinks were sold at lunch time each day.  That changed drastically in the late 80’s when the new drink of choice became tea.  The wine list at Charlie Gitto’s has also evolved throughout the years.  When he first took over, the list included Blue Nun, Lambrusco, Lancers, Matues and a few Chiantis, they have expanded to extensive Italian and California selections with mix of other varietals, to satisfy today’s more educated customer.
They now also have their own bakery on site where they bake their ancient grain and signature Italian bread, fresh hand-made pastas, desserts, and pizza dough.  They also prepare the sauces and condiments in an old-world recipe style that are sold in all their other restaurants.  All desserts, are homemade like their decadent tiramisu, and their delicious chocolate, red velvet, Italian cream cakes and Italian cookies.

Because of overwhelming success with his landmark fine Italian dining restaurant on The Hill, and due to popular demand, in 2004, Charlie launched a second location at Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights, Mo.  Most recently, he introduced his renowned Italian fare to his hometown of Chesterfield, Mo.

From his signature toasted ravioli to his bestselling Pasta Suzanne, Charlie has his hand on the pulse of it all.  He’s proud to say that this is not just a business, but a family labor of love.  Two of his four children already help run the company.

His son, Anthony, and daughter, Suzanne, are both in management positions.  Their mother, who Anthony calls the “unsung hero,” is also involved in the business, helping with decorating and making sure things are running smoothly at all three locations.

The ultimate goal is to one day turn the business over to his children and have them carry on the family dynasty that he has so devotedly created.  But for now, don’t expect Charlie Jr. to be going anywhere, anytime soon!

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Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill

5226 Shaw Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone: (314) 772-8898

Hours: Sun 4 pm-10 pm, Mon-Thu 5 pm-10 pm, Fri-Sat 5 pm-11 pm, Price: $$$

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Charlie Gitto’s from The Hill

15525 Olive

Chesterfield, MO 63017

Phone: (636) 536-2199

Lunch and dinner daily, Average Main Course: $18,Reservations: Recommended

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Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino

777 Casino Center Drive

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Phone: (314) 770-7663

Hours: Sun 4:30-9 pm, Mon-Thu 4:30-10 pm, Fri-Sat 4:30-11 pm

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http://www.CharlieGittos.com

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For catering, contact Samantha Vogt at (314) 772-8898 or svogt@charliegittos.com

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CORRECTION RELATING TO CANDICCI’S RESTAURANT CATERING SERVICES

Correction

Correction – Candicci’s Restaurant Catering Services

BALLWIN, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Yesterday, Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 we published an article titled “New Catering Menu at Candicci’s Restaurant Catering Services“.   We published the wrong menu.  It was our error and the following information is the correct information.  We do apologize for this error.

Candicci’s Restaurant has been providing catering services to the St. Louis metro area for more than 35 years.  The menu is for the upcoming holiday season 2016.

Chicken Entree – $9.99 per person, includes salad, red or white pasta side and garlic bread.

Two-Past Special – $8.29 per person, includes salad and garlic bread.

Add Toasted Ravioli with the Candicci’s Homemade Marinara for $1.25 each.

Candicci’s is also now offering BBQ catering featuring BBQ ASAP.  Earlier this past year Candicci’s purchased the recipes and rights to the name from the founders.  Due to an unfortunate death in the family, the restaurant has closed, but Candicci’s is committed to helping keep the reputation and name alive.

For more information contact:

Candicc’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

NEW CATERING MENU AT CANDICCI’S RESTAURANT CATERING SERVICES

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New Catering Menu at Candicci’s Restaurant Catering Services

BALLWIN, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) New Catering Menu – Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar is located at 100 Holloway Rd, Ballwin, MO.  Candicci’s has been offering fine Italian cuisines to the St. Louis area for more than 35 years.  In addition to catering services, Candicci’s offers pizza, pizza delivery, carry-out and online ordering.

Candicci’s is known for their Toasted Ravioli and fine Italian cuisines throughout the city.  They would like to release the catering menu for the upcoming holiday season 2016.  Candicci’s assures prompt delivery of all catered orders throughout the holiday season making planning your party/events easy.

Appetizer Catering Options sure to please everyone!  It is designed for to feed 12 or more guest.

Option One ~ $10.99 per person
Bruschetta ~ Homemade bread grilled and topped with fresh
Tomato Relish & Mozzarella
Toasted Ravioli ~ St. Louis’s Best! (Beef or Spinach Artichoke)
Mini Chicken Spedini Skewer
Meatball Lollipop with Marinara
Salmon or Crab Dip with Assorted Crackers

Option Two ~ $15.99 per person
Assorted Bruschetta…Fresh Tomato Relish & Mozzarella,
Portabella, Spinach & Feta and Italian Sausage
Crudité ~ Assorted Vegetable Platter with Ranch & Blue Cheese Dip
Or Seasonal Fruit and Assorted Cheese Platter
Mini Beef Spedini Skewer
Breaded Meatball Chips with Marinara
Crab & Salmon Croquette with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

Add their Famous Italian Salad or Mini Cannoli’s for $1.99 per person

Chicken Entrees ~ $9.99 per person
Includes Salad, Red or White Pasta Side & Garlic Bread
Two-Pasta Special ~ $8.29 per person
Includes Salad & Garlic Bread

Additional news from Candicci’s is their annual Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 24, 2016 from 11:00 am to 5 pm for $23.99 per person and kids $8.99 with ages 4 and under eating for free.  Some featured items are Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Ham with Pineapple Chipotle Glaze, Slow Roasted Italian Beef, Herbed Stuffing and much more.  Reservations are highly recommended.

For more information please contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant Catering Services

Attention: Judy, Catering Specialist

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

BOB CANDICE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT CANDICCI’S RESTAURANT AND BAR

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Bob Candice Birthday Celebration at Candicci’s

BALLWIN, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Bob Candice Birthday Celebration: Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar, Ballwin, MO would like to announce and invite the community to Bob’s Birthday Celebration, on the patio, with live music on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.  They are offering Happy Hour prices from 4 pm to 8 pm with $7 appetizer specials.

Candicci’s Restaurant has been in business in the St. Louis metro area for more than 36 years.  They offer online ordering, catering, delivery, carry-out and dine-in with an upscale atmosphere.  Additionally, they offer live music, which is always posted on their website.

Candicci’s Restaurant has been one of the participating restaurants in the Dine Out Event that has been and will be held again next Monday, September 12, 2016 where a percentage of proceeds are given to help Ballwin Police Offer Mike Flamion.  Additional Dine Out events are scheduled for the second Monday of each month through the end of this year.

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

TALAYNA’S EXPANDS IT’S ST LOUIS CATERING SERVICES

Catering Services by Talayna's

Talayna’s – Expands It’s St Louis Catering Services

CHESTERFIELD, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Talayna’s Italian Restaurant, located at 68 Four Seasons Shopping Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017 would like to announce the expansion of their catering services.

Talayna’s has been in business for more than 50 years, owned and managed over the past 36 years by Mehdi and Susan Rouhani.  They have offered catering services for many years.  Recently, they have increased their assets to meet the demand and increase additional catering sales.  Recently Talayna’s purchased an additional van for delivery that is refrigerated and additional kitchen equipment that will help them make food/ingredients that are fresh and unique to the catering business.

Talayna’s catering services have provided catering to some of the largest companies and events in the St. Louis metro area.  They offer a special menu for catering or will custom create a menu for your particular event.

Additional changes over recent months at Talayna’s Italian Restaurant include, remodeling their restaurant, website revisions to include online ordering, a mobile app for easy ordering and expanding their local craft beer selection.  Mehdi and Susan Rouhani are constantly making improvements and expanding their operation to increase sales and customer service and satisfaction.

Contact information:

Talayna’s Italian Restaurant

Attention: Mehdi Rouhani

68 Four Seasons Shopping Center

Chesterfield, MO 63017

Phone: (314) 469-6650

Email: mr@talaynas.net

Candicci’s Restaurant News – Live Music Schedule – Offering BBQ ASAP

Candicci's Restaurant

Candicci’s Restaurant offers live music and now BBQ ASAP

BALLWIN, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Candicci’s Restaurant has been in the restaurant business for more than 36 years offering gourmet Italian cuisine at an exceptional value with a wide variety of menu options.

Additionally, Candicci’s has purchase certain assets of BBQ ASAP.  The restaurant is closed, but Candicci’s did purchase the trailer-mounted trailer, brand name, recipes and more and will offer it for catering only.  However, BBQ will be available for carry-out in the near future.

Additionally, we offer live music or a regular basis and even more exciting news is that we now offer the popular BBQ ASAP.

Our live music starts at 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  Our schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – Party on the Patio with Gary Brokraw
  • Thursday, June 16, 2016 – Randy Lowery – Lowery Experiences
  • Friday, June 17, 2016 – Bill Park – Instrumental Guitar
  • Saturday, June 18, 2016 – Vince Martin & Dawn Turlington
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Party on the Patio with The Convertibles
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Scott Laytham & Karl Holmes Duo
  • Friday, June 24, 2016 – To be announced
  • Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Art Bernabo “European Accordian”
  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – Party on the Patio with Cindy Craven
  • Thursday, June 30, 2016 – David Becker
  • Friday, July 1, 2016 – Sorry no music
  • Saturday, July 2, 2016 – Sorry no music
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2016 – Party on the Patio with The Convertibles
  • Thursday, July 7, 2016 – Scott Laytham & Karl Holmes Duo
  • Friday, July 8, 2016 – Bill Park – Instrumental Guitar
  • Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Vince Martin & Dawn Turlington
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Party on the Patio with Dawn Turlington
  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 – To be announced
  • Friday, July 15, 2016 – Bryan Foggs
  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 – To be announced

We acquired the brand, recipes, smoking process and more from BBQ ASAP.  Our new BBQ ASAP catering menu is as follows:

SMOKED MEATS

  • Beef Brisket – $12.99 per lb
  • Pulled Pork – $9.99 per lb
  • Pulled Chicken – $9.99 per lb

BABY BACK RIBS

  • Full Slab – $21.99
  • Half Slab – $15.99

SIDES – $4.49 Pint (2-3 servings) or $7.49 Quart (4-6 Servings)

  • Creamy Baked Potato Salad – with real Hellmann’s mayo
  • Crispy Garden Cole Slaw – sweet peppers, onion, celery & cabbage in a sweet and tangy red wine vinaigrette
  • Sweet BBQ Brisket Beans – traditional BBQ beans with molasses, brown sugar & beef brisket pieces
  • Mac ‘n’ Cheese – creamy macaroni with cheddar and American cheese
  • Sweet Corn Pudding – warm cornbread casserole
  • Green Beans – cooked with smoked pork belly

PACKAGE SPECIALS

  • Full slab Baby Back Ribs, 1lb pulled chicken or pork with choice of two quart sides with Texas Toast for $39.99
  • 2 lbs pulled chicken and/or pork with choice of two quart sides with Pretzel Buns for $34.99
  • Pork Tenderloin, mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables for $34.99

CANDICCI’S SPECIALS – Famous Italian Salad

  • Half Pan (10-12 servings) – $25.00
  • Full Pan (13 – 25 servings) – $45.00

PASTA

  • Half-Pan Pasta (10-12 servings) – $25.00
  • Full Pan Pasta (13 – 25 servings) – $75.00

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and BarBBQ ASAP

100 Holloway Road

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Mobile Phone: (314) 681-4005

Email: Candiccis@gmail.com

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