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STL’s Favorite Italian Place: Charlie Gittos Turns 36!

STL’s Favorite Italian Place: Charlie Gittos Turns 36!

Celebrating 36 Years of St. Louis’ Best Italian: Charlie Gittos

St. Louis, MO/March 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It seems that great events come in clusters.  Some years are just better than others.  For instance, the year 1981 gave us the first space shuttle mission (Columbia), MTV, Post-It notes, and Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill.  It was a great year indeed, especially for St. Louis diners and for food lovers everywhere.  Charlie Gitto’s has been serving great Italian food in a comfortable fine dining establishment ever since.  In fact, Gitto’s take on fine Italian dining is so popular, he now has three locations across the Saint Louis area: the original Charlie Gitto’s On The Hill at 5226 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis; Charlie Gitto’s From The Hill at 15525 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield; and Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino, 777 Casino Center in Maryland Heights.

Some restaurants are good.  Some are inspirational.  In the 36 years since Charlie Gitto, Jr. opened Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (March 21, 1981), the place has become legendary.  This storied St. Louis institution is a collaboration of old world elegance, relaxing atmosphere, authentic Italian cuisine, and an exceptionally gracious service that make it a terrific choice for date night!  In fact, they were voted #1 for date night in St Louis in a recent National Sun Times article.  In February, Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill was named most romantic restaurant in St. Louis, based on customer reviews.  And customers put them in the #1 spot on our Top 10 Italian Restaurants list last fall—and they remain St. Louis’ favorite for Italian cuisine today.

The qualities that make Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill a great choice for date night also make this fine Italian restaurant a great choice for any dinner: the attention to detail that permeates every aspect of dining experience.  From the way staff makes you feel special to the extensive wine list and expertly prepared, award-winning pastas, steaks, seafood, and desserts, an evening at any of the three Charlie Gitto’s locations is a meal to remember.

Last December, Charlie Gitto Jr., and his son Anthony Gitto were featured on the Community Tables video series “What America Eats.”  Specifically Chef Jon Ashton visited with the Gittos to learn the about origins of toasted ravioli.  It was invented in the kitchen of Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (then Angelo’s) in 1947.  Most St. Louisans know the story of the chef who accidentally dropped some ravioli into hot oil instead of water, creating one of St. Louis’ most iconic dishes.  Now, thousands of toasted ravs are made and served each week at Charlie Gitto’s three locations.  Charlie Gitto’s original Toasted Ravioli is so popular, the official travel site for the United States, www.visittheusa.com, advised hungry visitors to “head to Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill” for dinner. (A 48-Hour Guide to St. Louis, Missouri) And for the last 36 years, St. Louis diners in the know have been doing just that.

Contact Information:

Charlie Gitto’s On the Hill
Owner: Charlie Gitto, Jr.
5226 Shaw Ave.

STL.News Article, Dated March 29 2017

Wine Tasting and Dinner Party at Candicci’s Restaurant

Wine Tasting and Dinner Party at Candicci's Restaurant

BALLWIN, MO/March 28, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar has announced a wine tasting and dinner party for Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  Yes, that is tomorrow night.  If you are interested you will need to act fast.  You can call the restaurant tonight to make your reservations.  Seating is still available for those interested.

Candicci’s is known for the wine tastings and dinner party’s.  “We have been hosting them for several years and the guests always leave thrilled that they attended”, says Bob Candice, manger of Candicci’s.

About Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

Candicci’s has been serving fine Italian cuisines to the St. Louis communities for more than 36 years.  They offer catering, banquet facility for up to 120 guests, online ordering, food/pizza delivery and more.

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: [email protected]

Lenten Dining is Fine Dining at Charlie Gitto’s

Lenten Dining is Fine Dining at Charlie Gitto’s

Charlie Gitto’s Offers Lent-Friendly Upscale Pasta & Seafood

St. Louis, MO/March 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Everyone loves a great fish fry during Lent, but some Friday nights, you want a more upscale dining experience.  That’s where great Italian fare can really fill the bill.  Well prepared pasta and seafood can make for an unforgettable evening.  If you’re going for a nice dinner out, why settle for plastic forks and paper plates, when St. Louis’ favorite Italian restaurant, Charlie Gitto’s offers so many Lent-friendly pasta and seafood dishes?

Gitto’s has been serving fine Italian food on the Hill for more than 35 years. St. Louis diners love it so much, they’ve named it the best Italian restaurant, best fine dining establishment, and best date night restaurant in multiple publications.  They’re an OpenTable Diner’s Choice winner (2015), and are currently the #1 Italian restaurant in St. Louis based on customer reviews.

The food at Charlie Gitto’s is top tier, but the real secret to Gitto’s success is the attention to detail that’s become the hallmark of all three of his St. Louis restaurants.  Everything they do at Gitto’s is aimed at creating an incredible dining experience.  From the casually elegant decor, to the warm, attentive, personalized service—Gitto’s makes every meal a special event.  The menu is a scrumptious selection of fresh, handmade, delectable options to suit many tastes.

This may be the birthplace of toasted ravioli, but the appetizer menu at Charlie Gitto’s has some great Lent-friendly choices too.  Start with something savory, like Arancini: risotto balls, filled with fresh mozzarella cheese, served with their famous pomodoro and walnut pesto cream sauces.  Or opt for eggplant.  They do it two ways: Parmesano (baked with their famous pomodoro sauce and cheeses); or Napoleon (with layers of breaded eggplant fried, filled with layers of CG’s cheeses, roasted sweet peppers, pesto, pomodoro and Asiago cream).  Or start with a bowl of their velvety lobster bisque.

The seafood, pasta, and pizza options seem endless.  Choose from pastas like Penne Primavera, homemade manicotti, linguini with fresh clams, lobster ravioli, or one their signature dishes like Seafood Pasta Suzanne (fresh homemade tagliatelle noodles with shrimp, scallops, clams, langostino and mussels in a spicy three-pepper cream sauce), or Pappardelle with Fresh Tomatoes (homemade ribbon noodles in a San Marzano tomato sauce).  They have a nice variety of seafood options too, including salmon, tilapia, shrimp scampi, and seafood risotto—all expertly prepared.  Prefer pizza?  They do a terrific brick oven Margherita, a classic CG cheese pizza, and delicious roasted mushroom pizza with fresh spinach, CG’s cheeses and pesto.

Of course Gitto’s professionally-trained sommelier is always available to help diners select wine to perfectly complement their meal.  A wine list with hundreds of selections means there’s something everyone will love.

As the weather warms, enjoy dining al fresco on the gorgeous patio at Charlie Gitto’s original location on the Hill.  Have drinks at the Hollywood Casino patio before your meal, or drop into the Chesterfield location for a quality lunch or dinner.  Whichever location you choose, you don’t have to give up real table linens, china and crystal, or amazing food and service just because it’s Lent.  Indoors or out, on the Hill, at the casino, or in Chesterfield, Charlie Gitto’s offers diners a beautiful meal with family and friends (or that special someone), during Lent and all year long.

Charlie Gitto’s contact information:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill
5226 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 772-8898
Offering Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Charlie Gitto’s from The Hill
15525 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 536-2199
Offering Lunch (weekdays) and Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino
777 Casino Center
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Phone: (314) 770-7663
Offering Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nationally recognized again for their Toasted Ravioli – Charlie Gitto’s

Charlie Gitto's on the Hill, St. Louis, MO

National recognition is perfect timing for Charlie Gitto’s Valentine’s Day rush

ST. LOUIS, MO/January 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Charlie Gitto’s – The official travel site for the U.S.A., www.visittheusa.com, recently published an article titled “48-Hour Guide to St. Louis, Missouri”, whereby they recommend that travelers visit Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill for their famous Toasted Ravioli when visiting St. Louis, MO.

This is twice in the recent weeks that a national publication has recognized this popular restaurant that has become more of a local institution rather than a restaurant.  Last month we published an article titled “What America Eats” features Charlie Gitto’s Toasted Ravioli” announcing Charlie Gitto’s recognition on this popular series featuring the video.

To illustrate how much influence these two websites have that recommends Charlie Gitto’s, Community Table (What America Eats) is ranked 6,541 in the US and 27,200 in the world, while VisitTheUSA is ranked 118,750 in the US and 237,193 in the world.  Considering there are hundreds of millions of sites worldwide these are high ranking, high traffic websites that have taken notice of the Charlie Gitto’s brand.

Additionally, St. Louis Magazines’ George Mahe, recently published an article titled “Q&A: A Conversation with Chef Charlie Gitto Jr.

In addition to the recognition recognized in this article, over recent years that has been a significant amount of publicity surrounding the Charlie Gitto’s brand, making it the most popular fine dining restaurant chain in the St. Louis metro area with three beautiful locations.  They are: Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill, which is the original location and known as the location where toasted ravioli was accidentally created many years ago, Charlie Gitto’s from the Hill in Chesterfield and Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights.

While many restaurants struggle to compete in this highly competitive industry, Charlie Gitto Jr. has figured out the secret to success.  It is not a single item, it is the combination of great service, great atmosphere, perfect locations, an extensive wine list accompanied with a delicious awarding-winning menu offering everything from pastas, steaks and seafood cuisines that are unparalleled making Charlie Gitto’s the top-rated fine dining Italian restaurant in St. Louis.

This national recognition comes at a perfect time as Valentine’s Day approaches.  It is the most popular holiday for fine dining.  Any of the three Charlie Gitto’s locations are perfect for Valentine’s Day and always a popular destination for this special occasion.  Making your Valentine’s Day reservation early at Charlie Gitto’s is highly recommended.

Charlie Gitto’s three location’s are:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill
5226 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 772-8898

Or

Charlie Gitto’s from the Hill
15525 Olive Blvd
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 536-2199

Or

Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino
777 Casino Center
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Phone: (314) 770-7663

For additional information, media relations or corporate catering contact:

Samantha K. Vogt, Assistant to the President

Phone: (314) 772-8898

Email: [email protected]

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Picture courtesy of Photographer & Chef, Charlie Gitto Jr.

Bad Luck for Giovanni’s on the Hill

Giovanni's on the Hill

St. Louis Landmark Goes Up In Flames – Giovanni’s on the Hill

ST. LOUIS, MO/January 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Giovanni’s on the Hill – There seems to be one piece of bad news after another for what has been a St. Louis landmark for four decades.  Officials are investigating the cause of a fire at the popular Giovanni’s restaurant in the 5200 block of Shaw Avenue on the Hill.

Giovanni’s is one of only six restaurants in the St. Louis area to have a four-diamond rating from the AAA’s national restaurant guide.  Owner, Giovanni Gabriele, has cooked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, both George and George W. Bush, and Vice President Al Gore.  In the 70’s his clientele included celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney.

The one-alarm blaze broke out around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday before the restaurant had opened.  The building sustained heavy damage to the second floor and the roof.  When the flames broke out there were no customers present however, the restaurant’s owner and seven others were inside at the time.  Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Giovanni’ son, Carmelo Gabriele, told a reporter the business had been upgrading its electric system for weeks and that the fire was discovered after an electrical worker smelled smoke.  According to the St. Louis Fire Department, electricians had been working for more than a week to install new wiring.

Before the fire incident, there had already been a black cloud hovering over the high end restaurant.  Earlier this month a missing #14,000 mink coat made headlines when a Belleville couple took the coat home by mistake.  Then last month, a St. Louis grand jury indicted 75 year old Gabriele for allegedly molesting a female security system representative at the business in July.  Giovanni was charged with first-degree sodomy, second-degree sexual abuse, and third-degree assault.

Although the future seems anything but bright, Gabriele says the goal is to reopen the restaurant in a couple of months following repairs to the water damaged dining room.

Hot Spot for Fresh Italian at a Great Price – Tavolo V

Tavolo V, St. Louis, MO

Tavolo V Is an OpenTable Top 10!

St. Louis, MO/December 30, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Some neighborhoods are quietly idyllic, others buzz with energy.  The Loop hums with excitement.  The stretch of Delmar Blvd from between The University City lions at Trinity and the MetroLink Station at Des Peres is teaming with interesting shops and restaurants.  That’s why it was named “One of the Ten Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.  Some of the businesses along Delmar are the cornerstones of the Loop.  Others are relative newcomers that have enlivened and even extended the entertainment district eastward into the City of St. Louis.  Tavolo V at 6118 Delmar Blvd, in St. Louis is one of the latter.  It sits at the east end of the Loop, about a block off Skinker, near The Pageant.

Tavolo V, St. Louis, MO

Tavolo V, St. Louis, MO

Opened in March 2012, Tavolo V is one of several endeavors by restaurateur Michael Del Pietro.  Others include Via Vino in Frontenac, Sugo’s Spaghetteria in Frontenac and Edwardsville, and Babbo’s Spaghetteria in Chesterfield and Columbia, Missouri.  Tavolo V is Del Pietro’s fifth establishment, thus the “V” in the name.

The restaurant specializes in serving fresh pastas, pizza, salads, antipasti, and Italian entrees in a chic, industrial setting.  The words that come to mind while perusing the Tavolo V menu are delicious and affordable.  It’s an excellent choice for a real treat that won’t bust the budget.  A meal at Tavolo V begins with a complimentary plate of bread served with olive oil and parmesan.  The appetizer menu offers a varied list of delicious starters including salads, toasted ravioli and fried calamari, but the vegetable-based dishes steal the show.  There’s an eggplant and tomato torta with Buffalo Mozzarella that makes an excellent lunch when paired with a salad.  For even more appetizer veggie goodness, try the roasted cauliflower with lemon, garlic, and Parmigiano cheese or the Roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta and caramelized onions.  These are what vegetables are supposed to taste like.

After the apps, you’ll find fresh Neapolitan-inspired pizza along with a nice variety of pastas and entrees.  The pizzas are made with simple, fresh ingredients creatively layered on a tender and crispy crust.  At 14-inches, these pies are a bit bigger than classic Neapolitan style.  The best way to experience Tavolo V’s pizza is to grab four or five friends and order three or four different pizzas to share.  That way, you get to experience a nice sampling of the flavors available.  Just start at the top of the list and work your way down.  That let’s you sample Tavolo V’s signature pizza with olive oil, spinach, artichokes, tomato, mushrooms, mozzarella, and goat cheese.  Then sample a couple from Del Pietro’s other restaurants: Sugo’s, a meat-lover’s feast with tomato sauce, sausage, pepperoni, bacon, hamburger, and mozzarella; and Babbo’s simply delicious combination of tomato sauce, sausage, caramelized onions, and mozzarella, drizzled with balsamic.  There are no wrong choices on the Tavolo V pizza menu.

One of the stars of the Tavolo V menu is the “Funghi” pasta dish—made with shiitake and crimini mushrooms, garlic, and spinach with a splash of truffle oil.  There’s a pizza version, bearing the same name, that’s also quite delicious.  The Bolognese with it’s tomato-beer sauce and pork ragu is highly regarded.  As are the generously portioned Lasagna (with beef, pork and cheeses).  On the white side of the sauce aisle, you’ll find a lovely Carbonara made with roasted chicken and pancetta, and a delectable Tutto Mare with shrimp, clams, crab, and bits of tomatoes.  Both are served with a rich, flavorful garlic cream sauce.

The other thing customers rave about is the warm and welcoming vibe the restaurant gives off.  The decor is inventive, but not intimidating.  It’s industrial with rustic touches like the heavy, wooden tables and huge windows.  The tables are comfortably spaced, so that even when it’s busy, diners don’t feel crowded in and wait staff have enough room to be attentive, but not intrusive.  This is a comfortable place to enjoy a meal.

Tavolo V offers a fully stocked bar and several signature cocktails.  They have a nice selection of beer on draft and in bottles, including several craft beers and a few locally brewed favorites.  They have an even nicer wine list.  The affordable, yet well-selected list of sparkling, red, and white wines is available by the glass or bottle.  The wines represent a nice cross section of global vintages that pair especially well with Italian cuisine.  You’ll find selections from the best wine regions of California and Oregon, along with those from Italy, France, Argentina, Germany, Spain and Australia.

Tavolo V was recently named to OpenTable’s Top 10 Neighborhood Restaurants in St. Louis (Tavolo V was #4).  That’s an especially high honor given The Loop’s terrific restaurant offerings, and because the rankings were based on customer reviews posted to the San Francisco-based online, restaurant reservation service.  OpenTable diners give this casual Italian eatery 4.5 stars for it’s terrific menu, affordable prices, and fun atmosphere.  It’s positioned perfectly in the neighborhood, because it’s eastern location means there’s room for an adjacent parking lot (well lit and guarded), making it extra convenient for diners.  Tavolo V is also a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner.  The award is given to establishments which consistently earn great reviews.

Tavolo V is open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  They’re open for dinner Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, Friday – Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 .p.m, and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Reservations aren’t required, but can be helpful during busy times and are recommended for larger groups.  They can be made by phone or online, and through the OpenTable app.

When the warmer weather reaches St. Louis, Tavolo V is an even bigger treat.  That’s when they open up the big, glass, garage-style bay door and the dining room spills out onto the sidewalk, adding the natural ambiance of the Loop to your dining experience.

Contact Information:

Tavolo V
Owner: Michael Del Pietro
General Manager: Ryan French
6118 Delmar Blvd
The Loop
St. Louis, MO 63112
Phone: (314) 721-4333

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Picture courtesy of Tavolo V

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The Comfortable Elegance of Frank Papa’s Ristorante

Frank Papa’s Ristorante

A Little Taste of Italy in Brentwood – Frank Papa’s Ristorante

Brentwood, MO/December 24, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Every community has that one terrific restaurant that’s the “go to” place for a special night out.  It’s that place with the linen tablecloths, elegant ambiance, good service, good wine, and terrific food.  For Brentwood residents, that’s Frank Papa’s Ristorante at 2241 South Brentwood Blvd., just south of I-64.  Frank Papa’s is comfortably elegant. It’s one of those places where you wouldn’t normally wear jeans or shorts (although they would still serve you), but you don’t need a tux or suit jacket either.  Whether you’re planning a family celebration or an intimate dinner for two, this classy little Italian place is a great choice.  The decor is charming, the staff gracious, and the food is simply delicious.

Frank Papa’s Ristorante

Frank Papa’s Ristorante

That’s because Chef Frank Papa, his wife Diane, their sons Frank Salvatore and Anthony Douglas, and the restaurant staff are focused on creating great meals served with classic Italian hospitality.  For Papa, it’s in his blood.  He grew up around great food.  As a kid, he worked in the restaurant owned by his grandparents, Salvatore and Genevieve Papa.  He went on to earn a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University, and honed his skills in the kitchens of several very fine restaurants.  Frank opened his restaurant in 1994, and Brentwood residents (and visitors) have been reaping the rewards ever since.

The menu at Frank Papa’s is classic Italian with an American flare.  Their specialties span the entire Italian peninsula.  Start with one of the signature dishes, Scarola, a modern take on salad.  It is crisp, flash-fried escarole greens topped with Parmigiano cheese.  Follow that with something you won’t find at most Italian restaurants, a dish featuring wild game.  Whether it is fresh-caught Ruby Red Trout or Wild Boar Pasta, there is always something special on Papa’s menu.

From northern Italy, they offer a wide variety of chicken, steak and beef dishes including their luscious Veal Saltimbocca.  It’s thinly sliced, boneless veal sautéed with prosciutto ham, and served with melty fontina cheese and a white wine and sage sauce.  Or try the Risotto Milanese.  It’s beautifully creamy Arborio rice with porcini, portabella and shiitake mushrooms cooked with saffron, sherry wine, garlic and Parmigiano cheese.  From southern Italy, you’ll find expertly prepared seafood and pastas, including their classic Bruschetta Con Pomodoro made with Grilled Italian bread, fresh tomato and basil, a touch of garlic, and dressed with extra virgin olive oil and Parmigiano cheese.  Follow that with the Linguini Con Pesce, a long pasta with shrimp, scallops, and calamari all together in a lightly spicy white wine marinara.  Deliziosissima!

Pair Papa’s excellent cuisine with something from his equally excellent wine cellar.  The restaurant’s wine list includes more than 200 selections from the best wine producing regions of the world: California, Australia, Spain, France, Argentina, and Tuscany.  There are also super Tuscan varieties.  On any given day, at least 15 wines are available by the glass, but Papa’s servers can help you choose a bottle to share with friends that will pair well with everyone’s meal.  The wine cellar at Frank Papa’s is so special, they often host parties there.  The venue is a popular choice for rehearsal dinners and business gatherings of up to 22 guests.  The lower level dining area has that same, special ambiance.

Frank Papa’s Ristorante is open for dinner only, Monday – Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  They’re closed Sundays. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends and holidays. Gift certificates are available year round.

Whether you’re looking for the kind of place that can handle a large party, or an intimate dinner in a place that’s conversation-friendly with a casually elegant atmosphere, or just someplace with great Italian food, Frank Papa’s Ristorante is that kind of place.

Contact Information

Frank Papa’s Ristorante

Owners: Frank and Diane Papa

2241 S Brentwood Blvd (link to Google maps)

St. Louis, MO 63144

Phone: (314) 961-3344

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New Years Eve Party 2017 at Talayna’s Italian Restaurant

New Years Eve

New Years Eve Party 2017

Chesterfield, MO/December 11, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) New Years Eve 2017 – Talayna’s Italian Restaurant located in Chesterfield, MO invites the community to join them and dance into 2017 with premium live music featuring legendary entertainer Joe Bozzi and Band, 6 course gourmet meal prepared by Talayna’s and an open bar.

Joe Bozzi has been known in the St. Louis area for years.  Most commonly known as the “Godfather of St. Louis Music”.  More impressively, Bozzi was also the music teacher for the well-known musician, Michael McDonald, previously with The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan.

Throughout the 60’s Bozzi was entertaining crowds at the St. Louis Playboy Club backing up such stars as trumpet player, Dizzy Gillespie, and saxophonist Cannonball Adderly and entertainers such as Johnny Carson and Bill Cosby.

Talayna’s Italian Restaurant has been in business providing fine Italian cuisines including pizza for more than 50 years, owned and operated by husband and wife team, Mehdi and Susan Rouhani for the previous 36 years.  Talayna’s has been serving St. Louis Style Pizza before it was called St. Louis Style Pizza.

Combining the talent and history of a duet such as Talayna’s Italian Restaurant and Joe Bozzi creates the perfect atmosphere for a perfect evening celebrating the beginning of a new year – 2017.

The evening will begin at 8 pm and last through 1 am.  Prepaid reservations can be made at Talayna’s website or visit the EVENTBRITE Page.  The cost of the event is $75 per person, which includes tax and gratuity, open bar and the six course gourmet meal.

Contact information:

Talayna’s Italian Restaurant

68 Four Seasons Shopping Center

Chesterfield, MO 63017

Phone: (314) 469-6650

Email: [email protected]

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T. Arcobasso’s Italian Ristorante

The Tom Arcobasso Tradition Continues – T. Arcobasso’s Italian Ristorante

Weldon Springs, MO/December 10, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) I fondly remember frequently dining at the original Arcobasso’s Italian Ristorante located in North County years ago.  Founded, owned and operated by the Tom Arcobasso.  It was THE place to dine with my college musician friends.  It was quite the cultural experience.  Not only was the authentic Italian food unbelievable, Mr. Arcobasso himself would make the rounds talking to every customer and quickly learned our names.  He showed a genuine interest in learning about his patrons making every customer feel special.  It was the first time I ever experienced that at a restaurant.

I’m so thankful to find that his family-owned and operated restaurant legacy continues today with his daughter Toni’s restaurant, T. Arcobasso’s Italian Ristorante located in St. Charles, MO.  Keeping the family involved, Toni’s sister Chrissy Arcobasso-Ayers is the manager and her nieces Nicole and Dominique Ayers are servers.  Before his passing, Tom Arcobasso helped his daughter Toni open her own restaurant.  During the first year following the launch, Tom was there every day with his family nurturing the successful debut of his daughter’s restaurant.  From that point on, every Friday the charismatic patriarch would be at the restaurant so he could visit with his long-time customers… And Mr. Arcobasso’s spirit is very much still there and lives on through every fabulous dish, signature pasta sauces and their famous Arcobasso’s salad dressing…

For those who’ve yet to experience T. Arcobasso’s, let’s start with their popular Combination Salad.  It’s a blend of iceberg lettuce, fresh spinach, and romaine hearts with olives, provel cheese, onions, pepperchini and tomatoes served with fresh warm Italian bread and butter, and choice of dressing.  If you want the authentic T. Arcobasso’s culinary experience, you may want to consider their famous house made sweet thick and creamy Italian dressing.

The Antipasto menu boasts an extensive selection of signature creations and traditional favorites such as Cannelloni Bites filled with chicken and artichokes served with Arcobasso’s Marinara, Arcobasso’s Famous Cheese Garlic Bread, Artichoke Hearts, Toasted Ravioli, Italian Wedding Soup, Calamari, Chicken Drummies, Potato Antoinette, Bruchetta Ala Thomas and many more.

If you’re craving pasta with just sauce or meat, the choices are plenty, which include Linguine, Ravioli, Pasta Con Broccoli, three versions of Fettuccini Chicken Fettuccini, Lasagna, Cannelloni, Manicotti, Baked Spaghetti or Mostaccoli, Penne Pasta and Cauliflower and Tortellini.

Seafood Pastas include: Shrimp Fettuccini, Pasta Dominique (Sautéed crawfish and charbroiled chicken in a Cajun cream sauce), Pasta Julia (Shrimp, scallops, crab meat and mushrooms in a slightly spicy marinara sauce), Pasta Julia (Shrimp, scallops, crab meat and mushrooms in a slightly spicy marinara sauce), and Seafood Ravioli Antoinette (Shrimp, scallops and lobster stuffed into pasta pillows served on a bed of their house cream sauce and a touch of red seafood sauce).

According to Toni, their most popular Specialty Entre is Chicken Christina, a breaded boneless breast of chicken in their signature white cream sauce, garnished with broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms.  Additional Chicken Specialties include: Chicken Marsala, Chicken Sherri Parmigianino, Chicken Concetta, and Chicken Blake.

Steak, Pork and Veal Connoisseurs have an ample selection of Specialties to choose from including: Filet Mignon, Filet Concetta, Steak Spencer, New York Strip, Porterhouse, Ribeye, Pork Chops, Veal Nicole, Provini Veal Cutlet, Tenderloin Baci and daily surf and turf stuffed steak specialty creations.

Baked Orange Roughy and Breaded Shrimp are the catches of the seafood Specialties.  Surf and Turf specialties often appear on their daily specials.

And what would a traditional Italian dinner be without the dessert?  How do these sound?  Canoli, Tiramisu, Spumoni, Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Sunday and Cheese Cake.

T. Arcobasso’s Italian Ristorante
1057 Wolfrum Rd (map link)
Weldon Spring, MO 63304
636-300-4680

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Open Tuesday – Thursday 4 -10 pm
Friday & Saturday 4-11 pm
Sunday 4-9 pm
Open Christmas Eve with full menu.

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Jacqui Poor – Writer

Jacqui is a multiple Emmy award winning journalist, television producer, writer, director and voice over talent. She’s earned thirteen Emmy Awards, forty-two Emmy Nominations, fifty-three Telly Awards, and two Aurora Awards.  Jacqui currently produces feature stories, short documentaries and live educational interactive simulcast specials for HEC-TV.  As a writer/director, three of her short documentaries were featured in the St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase.  During the Fall semesters, Jacqui is a guest expert for Washington University’s Denise Ward Brown grant funded, Tale of Two Cities: Documenting Our Divide film-making class.  Jacqui has also penned numerous articles and stories for magazines and Journal publications.

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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 [email protected]

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