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Imos’ Named One of the Best Pizzas in America

Imos’ Named One of the Best Pizzas in America

Tasting Table Picks Imo’s Pizza as One of the Best Pizzas

St. Louis, MO/May 23, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Pizzas – Every pizza lover within 100 miles of the Gateway City is familiar with the classic thin-crust pizza dubbed St. Louis-style.  And we all know “the square beyond compare” that is the granddaddy of St. Louis-style pizza, Imo’s.  Now, this iconic St. Louis pizza company is getting some national props.  The editors at the foodie website Tasting Table have included Imo’s pizza on their recently published article The Best Pizzas in the Country.  The list span coast to coast and included everything from deep dish to Neapolitan, chewy New York Style and St. Louis’ unique thin crust.

The Imo’s crust is a puzzle to East Coast pizza lovers, who can’t seem to grasp the concept.  While pizzas born in New York or New Jersey are all about the flavor and texture of their chewy, hand-tossed crusts, Imo’s thin crust shifts the focus to the incredible toppings.  The editors at Tasting Table describe it this way, “Unlike most other styles, the Saint Louis version swaps yeast for baking powder in its crust, which yields a cracker-like consistency reminiscent of saltines in the best way possible.”  Am I the only one who’s tired of reading/hearing this crispy, delicious crust described as a “cracker” crust?  A saltine’s got nothing on this crust, which is crispy, but more akin to unleavened flat-bread than any cracker ever made.

The editors at Tasting Table also seemed to appreciate the unique qualities of Provel® cheese, which tops all Imo’s pizzas.  The much-maligned, processed cheese is a blend of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone, but with it’s own savory flavor.  It was invented by Costa Grocery (now Roma Grocery on the Hill) in collaboration with the Hoffman Dairy Company of Wisconsin (now part of Kraft Foods) in the 1940s specifically for use on pizza.  The inventors were looking for a white cheese that would melt really well, but not be stringy they way mozzarella is when diners bite into it.  Provel has a buttery texture at room temperature, and a low melting point, allowing it to spread gooey goodness all around the toppings.

One thing the Tasting Table article didn’t mention was the other toppings that go into an Imo’s pizza and helped this mom-and-pop shop grow to around 100 stores over the last 50+ years.  St. Louis-style pizza is also known for its rich, slightly sweet tomato sauce, and Imo’s version is no exception.  When the crust is this thin and crispy, the sauce becomes the foundation of flavor, so it has to deliver just the right balance of sweet tomato and aromatic seasonings.  Then, unlike the pepperoni world of other pizza places, an Imo’s Deluxe is topped with Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, green pepper, and the crispiest bacon found on any pizza.  This combination of toppings makes Imo’s Deluxe pizza really special. (Sure, you can get pepperoni too, but this is Imo’s signature pizza.)

The secret to holding all those toppings, which go edge to edge, is in the cut.  Imo’s may not be the first thin-crust pizza in St. Louis.  And it’s certainly not the first to use Provel cheese, but Ed Imo, a tile-cutter by trade, who founded this iconic pizza company with his wife Margie in 1964, made the square, or tavern-cut pizza famous in St. Louis and the surrounding area.  By cutting the pizza into three-to-four-inch squares, the thin crust is able to stand up to the heavy toppings.  This cut also has an amazing side-effect, pizza corners.  Yes, with a square cut, the round pizza has little triangle-like corners offering a crispy tidbit with a smear of sauce, a smattering of cheese, and a bite of sausage and bacon. It’s the two-bite, go-to piece for pizza lovers in the know.

The Imo’s story goes like this: Ed and Marge Imo, who were Catholic, had a habit of ordering pizza at 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and going out to pick it up, so they could have meat on their pizza as soon as the Friday fast ended at midnight.  One night, it occurred to them that it would be even better if they didn’t have to venture out so late, and could have their pizza delivered to them.  It was a stroke of genius.  The Imo’s opened their pizzeria at Thurman and Shaw Avenues, offering delivery of their favorite, South St. Louis-style pizza to their neighbors.  Pizza delivery was a new and welcome concept in St. Louis in 1964.  And we’ve been devouring this square-cut, thin-crust, Provel-topped pizza ever since.  It really is a St. Louis original, and arguably one of the best pizzas in America.

Contact Information:

Imo’s Pizza
Founders: Ed and Margie Imo
Imo’s Pizza Executive Office
800 North 17th Street
St. Louis, MO 63106
Phone: (314) 822-0443

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Mothers Day Brunch Buffet at Candicci’s Restaurant

Mothers Day Brunch Buffet at Candicci's Restaurant

BALLWIN, MO/May 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar, located in Ballwin, MO has announced their Mothers Day Brunch Buffet special, Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm.  It is designed to make your mother feel special, featuring breakfast items such as Omelets made at our Omelet Station as well as lunch items like Slow Roasted Italian Top Round and much more.  Regular menu items will be available from 4 pm to close.

While it is rated as one of the best Mothers Day Brunch Buffets by our customers, it is also among the most reasonably priced Mothers Day brunch buffet specials in the city, costing only $22.99 for adults, $8.99 for children and children under 10 eat for free.

The buffet shall include assorted Danish and Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Fruit Display with Berries, Create-your-own Omelet Station, Crispy Thick-Cut Bacon, Sausage Links, Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes, French Toast Casserole, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Maple Glazed Virginia Pit Ham, Slow Roasted Italian Top Round with Horseradish Cream and Au Jus, Roasted Pork Loin and many Candicci’s favorites like Italian House Salad, Toasted Ravioli, Pasta Con Broccoli, Baked Ravioli and a variety of desserts and beverages.

After being in business for many years, Candicci’s has learned the value of being unique and special themselves.  They are known and respected for their holiday brunch buffets with Mothers Day Brunch Buffet being one of their most successful events of the year.

Reservations are necessary to assure seating at this special event.  Therefore, if you want to treat your mother to the best brunch at the best price in town, call Candicci’s Restaurant and make your reservation today.

About Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

Candicci’s has been in business for more than 36 years offering the finest of Italian cuisines, premium wine list, Happy Hour, catering, banquet facility, online ordering and pizza/food delivery.

Candicci’s is conveniently located in West County just one block north of Manchester Rd.  You can’t miss their own little hill in West County.

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: [email protected]

Pharmaceutical Representatives Networking Event Announced by Candicci’s Restaurant

Pharmaceutical Representatives Networking Event Announced by Candicci's Restaurant

Candicci’s host a Networking Event for Pharmaceutical Representatives

BALLWIN, MO/April 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News)(Press Release) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar located in Ballwin, MO has announced a Networking Event for Pharmaceutical Representatives.  Candicci’s invites everybody involved in the pharmaceutical industry to this event and get to know others in the your industry.  The event is scheduled for May 3, 2017 starting at 5 pm.  Reservations are recommended, but not necessary.

Candicci’s Catering services have been providing services to Doctor’s offices, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies across St. Louis, MO for several years.

This event features open bar from 5 pm to 7 pm and live music featuring “The Two Pedro’s”.  Additionally, big screen television inside and televisions outside for Cards and Blues games.

About Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

Candicci’s is an upscale Italian restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisines.  They have been in business for more than 36 years serving their Italian cuisines.  Recently, Candicci’s has added online ordering, delivery and more.

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar is located at 100 Holloway Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011.  Pharmaceutical Representatives can call (636) 220-8989 for reservations for this event or email [email protected]

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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