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Fortels Pizza in University City Closed

Fortels Pizza in University City Closed

Tax Suit Appears to Shutter U-City Fortels Pizza

University City, MO/April 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – No one likes to see another restaurant closed, especially when it’s a franchise location of a favorite local pizza chain.  But it comes as no surprise that the Fortel’s Pizza Den at 7358 Forsyth Blvd. in University City has shut down.  The move comes less than a month after owner Jeffrey Behrmann and his company JB2, LLC were sued by the State of Missouri over unpaid taxes.  The lawsuit, filed March 20, 2017, alleges that the restaurant owes the state $149,389.  The debt is allegedly a combination of sales taxes paid by customers on their purchases and earnings taxes withheld from employee paychecks, but never paid to the state.

The pizzeria apparently closed early last week. Still, there is no posted sign indicating the restaurant has closed, but the building is dark and the doors remain locked.

Behrmann and JB2, LLC had been working with the state to pay back taxes, even entering into a payment plan.  But the Department of Revenue now claims that three payment checks issued by the pizza restaurant bounced.  This issue of back taxes is not new for Behrmann.  Even before last month’s lawsuit, Behrmann and his business have been the subjects of at least 21 liens and three writs of garnishment.  The lawsuit also alleges that the restaurant has allowed its business license to lapse, a code violation.

Tax issues between the State of Missouri and Behrmann have drug on since at least 2014, with the Department of Revenue reporting it had revoked the pizzeria’s sales tax license in December of that year.  The state is now asking a St. Louis County judge to bar the restaurant from doing business or to consider putting it in receivership so that it can be closed permanently.  Behrmann was supposed to appear at a hearing last week (4/11/17) to tell the judge why the preliminary injunction should not go forward.  It doesn’t look as if Behrmann came to court.  According to Missouri Case.net, a summons was served to the Fenton man the following day (4/12/17).  That’s about the same time his U-City Fortel’s location closed.

Fortel’s Pizza Dens are all franchises that are independently owned.  There are other Fortel’s franchises located in Afton, Ballwin, Creve Coeur, Fairview Heights, and Kirkwood.  The pizza restaurant at 7358 Forsyth Blvd. in University City is the only one owned by Behrmann, and the only one involved in the state’s lawsuit.

Both STL Area Pie Five Pizza Cos. Now Closed

Both STL Area Pie Five Pizza Cos. Now Closed

Richmond Heights Pie Five Pizza Closed Last Week

Richmond Heights, MO/April 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis is a tough pizza town. Diners here are demanding of both quality food and quality service.  That’s because we love pizza. Denizens of the Gateway City love it so much that we invented our own kind—St. Louis style. But St. Louis diners love pizza in all it’s forms, from our own thin crust, to hand tossed, foldable New York style, stuffed crust, and even Chicago deep dish.  There are hundreds of pizza places to choose from.  Still, we’re a hungry bunch, always looking for something new.  So when the first Pie Five Pizza opened in May 2015 in Chesterfield (17215 Chesterfield Airport Road), there was much fanfare.

The sleek, fast-casual restaurant offering design-your-own pizza baked in 5 minutes had been well received.  TF Pie Group, led by Jamey and Jill Tasker, is a group of about eight local investor behind the pizzeria.  TF Pie Group had signed a franchise agreement that called for 15 locations of Pie Five Pizza Cos. in the St. Louis area.  And a second location opened at the Menards development in Richmond Heights (1778 Hanley Road) the following June (2016). But the franchises didn’t last long.

The Pie Five Pizza Co. in Richmond Heights has closed.  A hand-lettered sign on the door was the only announcement made.  It reads simply, “We are closed.”  40 South News quotes an employee at the nearby Penn Station sub shop as saying the pizzeria closed last week.  The Chesterfield store had already quietly closed up.  Both locations are listed as closed by both Google Maps and by members on Yelp.

It’s unclear if the local closings are related to the Texas-based chain’s troubles with investors in Chicago, Minnesota, and Indiana.  According to Nation’s Restaurant News Pie Five’s parent company, Rave Restaurant Group, is being sued by a franchisee alleging the company provided misleading information about its profitability and sales, and nine restaurants in Chicago and Minnesota have also closed as same-store sales for the Pie Five chain fell 17.4 percent in the last quarter of 2016 (which ended Dec. 25).

A new CEO at Rave, former Smashburger CEO Scott Crane was brought onboard in January to try to turn things around for the struggling pizza chain.  Amid the turmoil, Rave is poised to open their 100th Pie Five Pizza Co. location next month, and they continue to expand across the country.  There are Pie Five locations in 21 states from Delaware to Texas, including four in Missouri (Kansas City, Independence, Branson, and St. Joseph, with a Springfield store in the works).  The franchise has plans to expand to four additional states (New Jersey, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arizona) in the coming year.

Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria hosting Giveback Tuesday benefiting Pedal the Cause

Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria hosting Giveback Tuesday benefiting Pedal the Cause

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria, located in Rock Hill, MO has announced their Giveback Tuesday.  It is created to benefit Pedal the Cause.  This event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

One day each month 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of lunch, dinner, drinks and carryout are donated to charities.  Contributions have exceeded more than $100,000 to date.

Funds raised from this event will be dedicated to fund groundbreaking cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

In a statement by Carrie Sweigart, Chief Operations Officer at Pedal the Cause, they will be presenting funds to their beneficiaries on November 16, 2017.  More than $3.8 million has been donated for cancer research by Pedal for Cause last year and they hope to grow their contributions in 2017.

About Pedal the Cause

Pedal the Cause was founded in 2010 with a mission to fund cancer research that will ultimately lead to the cure of all cancers.  However, more impressively, more than $15.8 million has been donated to the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital funding 84 research projects for cancer research.

About Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria

A husband and wife team, Ted and Katie Collier.  This family owned award-winning artisan Italian restaurant and bar that focuses on a modern interpretation of regional Italian cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients with Katies inspiration coming from her time spent living in Italy with her artist mother Belinda Lee.

Katie is the recipient of multiple awards for her cooking including, Best Pizza & Best Pasta by Feast Magazine, Best Pizza by Ladue News and A-List awards from St. Louis Magazine.  She has also been featured on the cover of Sauce Magazine.

August 2015, Katie was a contestant on Esquire Network’s “The Next Great Burger”.  She won her episode and made it to the finale for her Italian inspired “Ciao Bella Burger.”

Katie has a series of hit cooking and restaurant videos Katies Pizza & Osteria Vimeo Page with thousands of views and subscribers.

Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day from 11 am, featuring Happy Hour specials from 3 pm to 5 pm and 9 pm to 10 pm.  Carry-out is also available.

For more information about Katies Pizza and Pasta Osteria, visit 9568 Manchester Rd, Rock Hill, MO 63119, call (314) 942-6555 or visit http://www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

For more information about Pedal the Cause visit http://www.pedalthecause.org.


Crushed Red to open in Chesterfield, MO

Crushed Red to open in Chesterfield, MO

CHESTERFIELD, MO/March 24, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Crushed Red is scheduled to open its new company owned location in Chesterfield, MO in a few days.  More details will soon follow.

Crushed Red’s new Chesterfield location was previously home to Kreiger’s Sports Bar & Grill for 25 years.  Krieger’s was forced to close when the landlord refused to renew their lease.  Kreiger’s (Chesterfield) are referring their previous customer to the Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar & Grill located at 1356 Big Bend Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021.  The Ballwin location is owned by Dave McDonald, who purchased the establishment approximately 18 months ago.

Crushed Red is known for their organic salad, pizza and soup.  Additionally, Crushed Red is a part of the Green Dining Alliance and is a Certified Clean Hands Facility.

Crushed Red to open in Chesterfield, MO

Crushed Red to open in Chesterfield, MO

Crushed Red and its employees are working hard to properly prepare for a successful opening.  While visiting the new location everybody was busy paying close attention to every detail.  It is a beautiful facility with a completely new atmosphere that complements their mission that is stated on their company website.  Their slogan is “Artfully Chopped Craft Salads™”.

Crushed Red has 5 Missouri locations, 2 Colorado locations, 1 Illinois location and 1 Kansas location with more opening soon according to veteran restaurateur, Chris LaRocca, whom I visited briefly with when I stopped by to take pictures.   In addition to their new Chesterfield location their four other Missouri locations are in Clayton, Columbia, Creve Coeur, and Kirkwood.

While we have not written about this restaurant establishment previously you can count on reading more here.  After talking with LaRocca he agreed to provide us with some additional information that we will soon be publishing.  They have some great ideas that diners are obviously ranking high and visiting regularly.  Their food is clean, organic, fairly priced and in great locations with great atmosphere’s.  What else can a diner ask for?

Crushed Red

1684 Clarkson Rd

Chesterfield, MO 63017


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Celebrate National Pizza Day with STL’s Best Pizza


The Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Dining trends come and go.  One day we’re eating fat free potato chips and wine from a box, the next we’re grabbing gluten free muffins and chai tea.  One thing that never seems to go out of style: pizza.  It’s America’s favorite food.  According to reference.com, we eat an average of 23 pounds of pizza a year, or about 46 slices.  That’s about 132 squares of St. Louis style pizza!  More than 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year, amounting to around $37 billion in revenue.  That’s a lot of pizza!  We celebrate our beloved slice each February 9th, National Pizza Day!  So where can you go to get the best pizza in the St. Louis area?  We turned to customer reviews to find your favorites.

Topping our list is Melo’s Pizzeria in St. Louis’ historic Benton Park neighborhood.  You could call Melo’s the little pizzeria that could.  After just over a year in business, Melo’s authentic wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza has become St. Louis’ favorite.  But then, Melo’s is another project by Blues City Deli owner Vince Valenza, whose sandwich shop was just named to Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat List for 2017.  (Second year in a row!) Melo’s came about after Valenza bought the building and lot he’d been leasing for the deli (in 2013).  The brick garage behind the sandwich shop was fully restored, including installation of a blue-tiled, wood-fired oven from Naples.  Vince’s son Joey Valencia applied his baking skills, and in December 2015, Melo’s Pizzeria was born.  Melo’s offers classic Neapolitan style pizza made with simple, high-quality ingredients.  What’s not to love?

Like the rest of America, St. Louis loves pizza. Our customer review-based top 10 shows we love it in all its various forms: hand tossed, deep dish, Neapolitan, and of course, St. Louis style.

Here are the top 10 pizza restaurants in St. Louis:

1. Melo’s Pizzeria (4.92 stars/50 reviews) Benton Park, 2438 Mcnair Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-4489.
2. Corner Bistro (4.5 stars/200 reviews) Princeton Heights, 4993 Loughborough Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 353-1811.
3. Pizzeoli – Wood Fired Neapolitan Pizza (4.5 stars/161 reviews) Soulard, 1928 South 12th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 449-1111.
4. Pizza-A-Go-Go (4.4 stars/100 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 6703 Scanlan Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 781-1234.
5. Mama Toscano’s Ravioli (4.4 stars/60 reviews) The Hill, 2201 Macklind Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 776-2926.
6. Anthonino’s Taverna (4.3 stars/873 reviews) The Hill, 2225 Macklind Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-4455.
7. Pastaria (4.2 stars/850 reviews) Clayton, 7734 Forsyth Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 862-6603.
8. PW Pizza (4.2 stars/296 reviews) Downtown, 2017 Chouteau Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 241-7799.
9. Tavolo V (4.2 stars/215 reviews) The Loop, 6118 Delmar Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63112, (314) 721-4333.
10. Twin Oak Wood Fired Pizza & BBQ (4.1 stars/290 reviews) Brentwood, 1201 Strassner Drive, Brentwood, MO 63144, (314) 644-2772.

In order to make the top 10, restaurants had to have at least 50 reviews.  Since we were looking for the really special establishments, they also had to be locally owned, independent operations.  Each of these pizzerias offers a unique product in a distinctive setting that makes eating a pizza a special experience.

Since there are always a few great restaurants that don’t quite make our strict Top 10 criteria, but still offer an uncommonly good dining experience, we have a few Honorable Mentions to add.

So shout outs go to:

Flamentco’s the Place in O’Fallon, Illinois has 4.5 stars with just 48 reviews.  They’re located at 711 West US Hwy 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269. (618) 726-2275.  With just a few more reviews, they could have landed high on the Top 10 list.  This one is worth watching.

Both Peel Wood Fired Pizza locations. The Edwardsville pizzeria has 4.5 stars with 236 reviews. It’s at 921 South Arbor Vitae, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 659-8561. The O’Fallon, Illinois location at 104 South Cherry Street has a respectable 4.0 stars with 155 reviews, (618) 726-2244.

All six St. Louis area Dewey’s Pizza locations, which each have 4.5 stars, showing a consistency in product and service that is rarely seen.  There are Dewey’s Pizzas in Webster Groves, University City, Ellisville, St. Charles, and Edwardsville, but it’s the Kirkwood store (124 N Kirkwood Road, 314-821-7474) that’s most popular.

Check out any of these fine restaurants to celebrate #NationalPizzaDay February 9, 2017, or any time you want a great pizza.

An Authentic Slice of Jersey in South St. Louis – Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza

Feraro's Jersey Style Pizza

Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza offers two locations

St. Louis, MO/January 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza – Everyone has their own ideas about what makes a great pizza.  It’s probably one of the most debated dishes in St. Louis.  There’s the great crust debate, thick or thin, crispy or chewy.  Then there’s the dispute over sauce—should it be a little sweet or a little spicy; tomato-based or olive oil?  And then the issue of cheese—should the mozzarella be aged, fresh, or smoked?  Should it be blended with the likes of parmesan, fontina, Muenster, provolone, or Romano?  Or should we just use provel?  Everyone knows the classic St. Louis style pizza has a thin and crispy crust, slightly sweet sauce, and that locally invented provel cheese.  St. Louis natives have had to defend our signature pizza so often that many may not realize that other pizza debates even exist.  Sure we know that deep dish pie they sell in Chicago is a cause of contention (can you really call it pizza if you eat it with a fork?), but it’s not the only style to spark regional conflict.  For instance, there’s the squabble over New York style pizza versus New Jersey style pizza.  Yes, Jersey style pizza is a thing, and you can check it out yourself at one of Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza locations in South St. Louis.

So what’s the difference between the chewy crusted New York style pizza and the chewy crusted New Jersey style pizza?  An old pal from Jersey used to tell me the difference was in the water.  But Feraro’s Pizza owner Jon Feraro has said a Jersey style crust is slightly thicker than New York style.  And the sauce is richer and sweeter.  St. Louis natives might not notice those subtle differences, but they will still appreciate the chewy, tasty East Coast pie.

Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza is a mother and son operation.  Both Nancy Feraro and son Jon are from New Jersey.  They spent their summers along the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore, and opened Feraro’s in order to bring these wonderful memories to St. Louis diners.  Everything is authentic Jersey—from their homemade pizza to specialties like Taylor Ham sandwiches and Zeppole.  These flavors come straight from the coast.  The restaurant is hung with images that transport customers to the Jersey Shore, and they even pipe in Bon Jovi, Sinatra, and the Boss.

Feraro’s is fabulously fresh pizza.  That’s because everything is made from scratch.  They even grate the mozzarella cheese themselves.  The crust is perfectly crisp on bottom because of the brick-bottom oven they use, and it’s wonderfully chewy because of traditional hand-tossing.  In classic northeastern style, the pizzas are large (14, 16 & 18 inch pies).  Order just a slice or a whole pie.  The giant 18″ pizza specials add to the atmosphere with names like The Boss (pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, black olives, and garlic), The Soprano (pepperoni, Italian sausage, meatballs, ham, and smoked bacon), Old Blue Eyes (a white pizza with ricotta, garlic, mozzarella, parmesan, and a drizzle of olive oil), and The Jersey Style (smoked ham, fresh tomato, onion, hot peppers, and garlic).

Besides pizza, Feraro’s does justice to rolled stromboli sandwiches and to calzone too.  They offer a respectable toasted rav, plus fresh salads, garlic knots, cannoli and zeppole (Italian donuts).  They also do spaghetti.  Get it with classic tomato sauce, or have meat sauce, or meat balls, or sausage, or mushrooms.  By the way, those meatballs (mom’s recipe) are available as sliders or on a sandwich, and of course, on pizza!

Feraro’s outgrew their original Soulard location (1862 South 10th Street), and in September 2013, they moved to a more spacious spot at 7704 Ivory Ave. in the Patch/Carondelet neighborhood of South St. Louis.  The south city location offers dine-in, carry out, and delivery with two bars and a music venue.  The extra space lets Feraro recreate a little of that Jersey Shore fun in his south city restaurant.  The Patch location is closed on Mondays.  They’re open Sunday, plus Tuesday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Feraro’s second location in Concord Village at 11726 Baptist Church Road in Sappington has a slightly smaller menu, offering carry out and delivery only.  The South County location is open seven days a week: Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

St. Louis-style pizza lovers will find Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza is a big, chewy, flavorful slice that you can actually fold without breaking. (Really, who knew you should fold pizza?)  They’ll find a little bit of a party feel too, like a vacay up east.  Jersey transplants, like my friend, will find Feraro’s is a slice of home.

Contact Information:

Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza

Owners: Nancy and Jon Feraro

7704 Ivory Ave.

The Patch/Carondelet

St. Louis, MO 63111

(314) 256-0500


11726 Baptist Church Rd.

Concord Village

Sappington, MO 63128

(314) 843-3456

Skip the Fast Food & Opt for Great Food Fast – TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ

TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza

TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ

Brentwood, MO/December 18, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – The last full weekend of the Christmas shopping season is upon us.  For some that means two days of making mad dashes from one shopping center to the next.  All that running around makes you hungry!  Food courts or drive-thrus might seem convenient, but a quick respite between mega-plazas is a more sensible option.  Why eat poorly when you don’t need to go out of your way for a great meal?  TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ at 1201 Strassner Drive in Brentwood is making real, fresh food and they’re a convenient stop between shopping destinations.  They’re right around the corner from the Promenade, and just a few blocks from Brentwood Square and St. Louis Galleria.  There’s even a Sam’s Club and Walmart Supercenter right across the street on Hanley Road.

Freddie Friedrichs opened the restaurant with his sons, twins Casey and Curt Friedrichs in 2011.  Curt has moved on to Nashville with his wife, former KSDK-TV meteorologist Bree Smith—now Chief Meteorologist at CBS affiliate, WTVF.   But Freddie and son Casey are still running the family-friendly TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ restaurant.

Just as the name implies, they specialize in wood-fired pizza and slow-smoked barbecue.  The restaurant lays claim to the largest wood-fired oven in the US, and they fire it up to 900-degrees to bake their Neapolitan style pizza to crispy perfection in just a few minutes.  They use only Missouri grown oak to fire it.  The consistent quality of the wood they use ensures everything they bake in the oven meets their high quality standards.  Local sourcing lets them make great food in a sustainable way.  Casey Friedrich says the wood-fired oven is not only fast, but it’s a healthy way to bake delicious food.

TwinOak’s Chefs Andrew Beuschel and Aaron Hults have created several signature pizzas, including the Bleu Ribbon Pizza: a glorious combination of filet mignon, arugula, bleu cheese, shaved parmesan, and mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  The meatier-ologist is made with three kinds of sausage: chorizo, Italian, and Andouille; plus bacon, basil, mozzarella, and their house-made tomato sauce.  But they didn’t stop there.  They do pizzas with pulled pork and pulled chicken.  They have Cajun, tropical, classic Italian, and Jamaican jerk too.  They also do vegetarian pizzas, including a Mediterranean complete with artichoke hearts and kalamata olives.  They’ll even let you pick whatever toppings you like so you can build your own.

The BBQ side of the menu offers some crowd pleasers that are slow-smoked over Missouri hickory.  There’s pulled chicken and pork, of course, but you’ll also find beef brisket, smoked wings, and fall-off-the-bone-tender baby back ribs.  Order three bones for lunch or happy hour; get a half rack for dinner, complete with classic sides like homemade coleslaw or twice-baked potatoes.

At TwinOak, there’s a little something for everyone.  As if great pizza and barbecue weren’t enough, they also offer perfectly cooked steaks, great starters (like bacon-wrapped shrimp poppers, and home-smoked salmon), salads, wraps, and desserts.  They also have a terrific selection of local craft brews on tap.

With a gigantic oven like the one at TwinOak, you know someone is baking cookies!  They do chocolate chip by the cookie or the baker’s dozen (13).  If you’re feeling indulgent, try their signature deep dish cookies.  These are thick skillet-baked cookies (chocolate chip or snickerdoodle) fresh from the oven and topped with ice cream.

TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ opens at 11:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, so they’re a perfect choice for lunch or a quick pick-me-up between shopping centers.  Once the errands are done, you can count on them for a feel-good family dinner.  They’re open until 10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, and until 9:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday.  They have Happy Hour seven days a week from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Reservations can be made online, although they generally aren’t necessary for lunch or weeknight dinners.  For large parties, they ask you give them a call at (314) 644-2772.  That’s also the number to call to arrange catering.

The atmosphere at TwinOak is casual and family-friendly.  The hospitable staff offers service that is quick and efficient—just what you want in the middle of your bustling day!  Why settle for a blah fast food lunch or dinner when you can take the break you need without derailing your shopping plans?  TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ lets you make the most of the last full weekend of the Christmas shopping season and warm up with a good meal.

Contact Information:

TwinOak Wood-Fired Pizza & BBQ
Owners: Casey Friedrichs and Freddie Friedrichs
1201 Strassner Drive (at Hanley)
Brentwood, MO 63144
(314) 644-2772


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Traditional Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Candicci’s Restaurant, Ballwin, MO

BALLWIN, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar is hosting their Annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet, November 24th from 11 am to 5 pm.   Cost for the buffet is $23.99 per person and kids 10 and under cost only $8.99.

Candicci’s has been in the St. Louis metro area for more than 36 years serving fine Italian cuisines, in addition to providing daily dining, happy hour, live music, banquet facility and catering services to the local community.  Candicci’s annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet is always a success and regarded as one of the best in the community by its customers.  Bob Candice, manger, will be present making sure that the day is enjoyed by all guests.

The buffet will include:

Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Ham with Pineapple Chipotle Glaze

Slow Roasted Italian Beef

Herbed Stuffing

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Molasses Sweet Potato Mash

Green Bean Casserole

Thyme Buttered Corn

Spiced Cranberry Relish

Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie & Fruit Pies

Coffee, Soda, Iced Tea

Plus Candicci’s favorites:

Italian Salad & Homemade Bread

Toasted Ravioli with Marinara

Pasta Variety throughout the day!

Reservations are highly recommended.


Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

M Smith, St. Louis Media, LLC


Melo's Pizzeria

Garage-Born Neapolitan Pizza – Melo’s Pizzeria

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Melo’s Pizzeria – We’ve all heard the stories of great music and technology born in someone’s garage.  But how about great pizza?  The Neapolitan pies they’re baking in a Benton Park garage may be the best in St. Louis.  Still in their first year of business, Melo’s Pizzeria, 2438 McNair Ave. (behind Blues City Deli), is garnering rave reviews from customers.

In a city famous for its thin, crispy crusted pizza with translucent Provel cheese, Neapolitan style might seem like an odd favorite.  Yet when you consider the importance of fresh sauce and fresh toppings for a quality St. Louis style pizza, you’ll see Neapolitan really is a perfect fit.  What is Neapolitan pizza after all, but simple, fresh ingredients: basic dough, raw tomatoes, fresh cheese, basil and olive oil, baked in a screaming hot oven to create a crispy, melty pie?  It bridges the gap between classic St. Louis style pizza and the chewy-crusted East Coast style so many non-natives adore.  And Melo’s does Neapolitan oh so well.

Melo’s is the brainchild of Blues City owner Vince Valenza and his son Joey Valenza.  For years, Benton Park’s favorite deli and sandwich shop has been Blues City 2438 McNair Ave., St. Louis.  After buying the building and lot from his landlord in 2013, Vince Valenza began considering his options for developing the brick garage behind his deli.  His son, Joey Valenza loved to bake, and the two considered using the garage to bake bread for the deli.  They quickly realized it would be near impossible to keep up with the volume of bread and rolls needed.

Meanwhile, Joey had begun making pizza using a kettle bbq grill that he’d rigged to mimic a wood-fired pizza oven.  That inspired father and son to convert Blue’s City’s garage into a pizzeria.  The small brick building was fully restored.  They brought in a beautiful wood-fired oven from Naples.  And last December (2015) Melo’s Pizzeria was born.

The restaurant is cozy, to say the least.  The blue-tiled oven bears the name “St. Louis The King.”  It’s a bold statement in a space too small to park a bus in.  The stools lining the front windows and outdoor tables provide the only seating.  But cooler weather shouldn’t keep you from trying this amazing pizza.  It’s available to go too. But check the website, or call before stopping in as their hours are subject to change.

Melo’s menu is small, but enticing, offering several takes on classic Neapolitan style pizza.  Everything is made with simple, high-quality ingredients, flash baked in the big blue oven.  It’s not all dough, tomato, mozzarella and basil, although that combination is available in the Pizza Margherita.  They make it special by adding extra virgin olive oil and grana (a hard, slow-ripened, semi-fat cheese with a buttery tang, reminiscent of Parmigiano Reggiano).  The Victor Street Veggie is a garlicky pizza that includes onion, mushroom and cherry tomatoes.  The Veets is their take on the classic pepperoni and sausage combo.  All of Melo’s pizzas are topped with grana, fresh and whole milk mozzarella, Romano and fontina cheeses in various combinations and subjected to the magic of the big blue, wood-fired oven.

You need only look behind Benton Park’s favorite Blues City Deli, to find the little garage of heaven that is Melo’s Pizzeria.  The customer reviews are still coming in, but right now Melo’s is pushing five-stars.  Could Neapolitan style pizza become the new St. Louis favorite?  It wouldn’t be the first innovative idea born in a garage, maybe just the first really good pizza.

Contact info:

Melo’s Pizzeria
Owners: Joey & Vince Valenza
2438 McNair Ave.
Benton Park Neighborhood
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 833-4489


Imos Pizza

Imos Pizza – Chesterfield has released new coupons for football season

CHESTERFIELD, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Imos Pizza – Chesterfield, MO has released new coupons to celebrate 2016 football season.  The promotion is referred to as “Football Time is Imos Time!”  The specials are valid through the end of this year (2016).  Imos Pizza – Chesterfield is located at 1717 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017 in the Clarkson Square Center.

The specials are as follows:

  • Free Garlic Cheese Bread with purchase of 16″ X-Large or 14″ Large Pizza at regular menu price. 
  • 12″ 1-topping pizza for $9.95 plus tax
  • 14″ Large 2-topping pizza for $13.95 plus tax
  • 16″ X-Large 2 – topping pizza for $16.95 plus tax
  • 3 Person Special – one 16″ 2-topping XL pizza, house salad and Cheese Garlic Bread for $22.95 plus tax
  • Wacky Wednesday Special – 2 large 14″ with 2 – topping pizzas for $22.95 plus tax

Limitations: Dine-in, carry-out or delivery.  Only one coupon per pizza.  Coupons expire 12/01/2016.  Coupons may not be combined with any other offer.

Imos Pizza – Chesterfield has been in business for more than 30 years.  They accept all major credit cards and more importantly, they offer delivery, which Imo’s Pizza was partly founded on, not to mention they helped to popularize the St. Louis Style Pizza.  Additionally, they offer catering services to the communities they serve.

Additionally, Imos Pizza – Chesterfield recently announced their 30 anniversary making them one of the oldest Imos franchise operations in existence.  Furthermore, this franchise location is owned/managed by Mike Riggio.  Riggio is onsite daily to make certain customers are properly served on a daily basis.

Imos Pizza is a St. Louis based pizza chain/franchise that was founded in 1964 and has been ranked as the 32nd largest pizza chain in the United States with sales reach staggering numbers.

Contact information:

Imos Pizza – Chesterfield

1717 Clarkson Rd

Chesterfield, MO

Phone: (636) 537-0011

Email: mjr1858@gmail.com