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McArthur’s Bakery Cafe Hires New Pastry

McArthur’s Bakery – McArthur’s Bakery Cafe Hires New Pastry

McArthur’s Bakery Cafe Hires New Pastry Chef Michelle Walsh

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 05, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) McArthur’s Bakery Cafe is proud to welcome their most recent hire, Michelle Walsh, to their team.  She is now working as their new pastry chef at each of their locations.

Walsh, who holds an associate’s degree in culinary arts, has previous experience working as a manager and pastry artist at Piccione Pastry and as a baker, candy maker, and chef at various bakeries and businesses throughout St. Louis.

While Walsh enjoys many facets of working at McArthur’s, she particularly appreciates the direction in which the bakery is headed.

As a fan of sweet treats, Walsh enjoys making pastries and tweaking the recipes, finding new, exciting combinations that patrons will enjoy.

As for her specialties, Walsh excels in creams and caramels.

“They are so versatile and can be used in a lot of pastries,” Walsh said.

McArthur’s Bakery Cafe has been serving the St. Louis area since 1956.  Only the finest ingredients are used in their made-from-scratch recipes.  They offer one-of-a-kind artisan cakes for any occasion, Danish pastries, cookies, cupcakes, pies, fresh breads, and unique lunch items.

McArthur’s Bakery Cafe has five locations across the St. Louis metro area including, South St. Louis, Kirkwood, Delmar Loop, and two Chesterfield locations.

Yaya’s Euro Bistro

Yaya’s Euro Bistro

Sophisticated Dining Adventure – Yaya’s Euro Bistro

CHESTERFIELD, MO/May 28, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) From the minute you enter YaYa’s the whimsical tone is set by the charming staff, the beautiful limestone walls, mosaic tile floor, cathedral ceilings, hand carved sconces with soft lighting, spacious seating for parties of all sizes and exceptionally comfy high back private booths with acoustics that compliment important conversations are perfect for a romantic date or a business lunch.

An eclectic menu inspired by a fusion of Mediterranean, French, Italian, Greek and American cuisines await your pallet at Yaya’s Euro Bistro.  Their starting line up features intriguing culinary textures such as their famous Hummus & Pita (with chili oil, kalamata olive, feta cheese and grilled pita strips); Crab Cake (with quinoa, bell pepper, soffritto, apple salad, béarnaise aioli); Gnocchi (herb potato gnocchi, roasted chicken, gorgonzola cream, spinach, spiced walnuts); Shrimp A La Plancha (skillet seared shrimp, dry sherry, red chili butter); Calamari “Fritto” (fried calamari, gazpacho aioli, agrodolce sauce); and many more.

Yaya’s extravagant salads are quite the foodie experience with unexpected pairings that work together beautifully.  Try the Kale salad (with curried cashews, fennel, red onion, asiago and an apricot vinaigrette); or the Roasted Beet salad (with arugula, oranges, goat cheese, roasted almonds and a citrus vinaigrette); or the Salmon salad (with crispy potato, walnuts, gorgonzola, local bacon, and a cranberry vinaigrette); and other familiar classic salads.

The upscale eatery is noted for their sustainable and locally farmed dishes such as Salmon (hickory grilled with faro, sautéed spinach, garlic and Moroccan gastrique); Seared Sea Scallops (with saffron orzo, vegetables, crab, beurre blanc, and orange gastrique); Bouillabaisse (shellfish, scallop, fresh fish, jumbo shrimp, saffron, fennel, Pernod, and orange); Collins Spring Trout (with tomato, artichoke, red onion, yukon potato, feta, oregano, and lemon); Roasted Free-Range Chicken (with crispy potatoes, roasted garlic, chilies, and caper berries).

Enjoy fresh pasta where the ingredients literally come together upon your order.  How about enjoying Eliche (kale, cherry tomato, braised carrots, winter squash purée); or Fruits De Mer (lobster, shrimp, peas, local bacon, pepperdew peppers, and lobster brandy cream; or other traditional favorites such as Smoked Chicken Penne, Baked Lasagna and Angel Hair Pomodoro.
Yaya’s Oak-Fired Pizzas feature global inspirations such as the Chicken Piadini (crispy thin crust, chicken, peppers, feta, hummus, and chili oil); The Pancetta (onion jam, roasted tomatoes, arugula, pepperoncini, and grilled onion); the La Quercia Prosciutto (asparagus, caramelized onions truffle oil, blended cheese); and fan favorites the Margherita, and the Pepperoni. Gluten free pastas and pizzas are also available.

The lunch menu offers creative “between slices” in YaYa’s land such as Beef Tenderloin, Porchetta (Italian slow roasted heritage pork, pepper cheese, giardinera, and black pepper mayo), Lobster Roll (Lobster and langoustine, lemon and tarragon mayo, arugula and pickled onion), Roasted Turkey, YaYa’s Chickpea Burger (eggplant, chickpeas, arugula, and cured tomato vegan-aise), Gorgonzola Burger and Grilled Free Range Chicken.

Sunday Brunch rolls out the variety of plenty for the entire family such as: peel & eat shrimp, Prince Edward Island Mussels, farm fresh Eggs Benedict, made-to-order omelets, hand carved grass fed beef, pancakes & French Toast, Chef Alex’s Biscuits and Gravy, farm fresh fruit, Yaya’s Famous Hummus & Pita Chips, assorted pasta and potato salads, local organic vegetables, award winning cheese, sustainable seafood, Mr. Benne’s Roasted Chicken, seasonal sautéed vegetables, artisan pizzas, delicious house made desserts, and Yaya’s signature Bloody Mary’s.

Whether it’s lunch, dinner, happy hour or Sunday brunch, thanks to innovative Executive Chef, Alexander Hayworth, there’s plenty of culinary exploring at Yaya’s Euro Bistro!

Yaya’s Euro Bistro
Phone: (636) 537-9991 (Reservations)
15601 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017

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: candiccis@gmail.com

Bike Stop to Open Chesterfield Café

Bike Stop to Open Chesterfield Café

New Monarch Levee Trail Bringing 2nd Bike Stop to Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, MO/April 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There’s great news for cycling enthusiasts and those looking for another healthy dining option in Chesterfield.  A St. Charles favorite, the Bike Stop Café is opening a second location at Taubman Prestige Outlets Mall (17057 N. Outer Road, Chesterfield), which is adjacent to Great Rivers Greenway’s new Monarch Levee trail.

The original Bike Stop Café at 701 South Riverside Drive in St. Charles sits along the Katy Trail, the 225-mile multi-use trail that runs from St. Charles to Clinton, Missouri.  The café was opened in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Tony Caruso and Jodi Devonshire.  Both cycling enthusiasts, the couple wanted to provide customers of all walks of life, reasonably priced bicycles, cycling service, and healthy foods in close proximity to a great riding trail.  It’s a goal that will extend to the new Chesterfield location.

Devonshire calls this expansion “an exciting step.”  She said it “demonstrates the strength of the cycling community.”  With the two cafés connected by 18 miles of biking trails along the Missouri River, Devonshire said she expects to see their dedicated cycling customers from St. Charles visit them at both locations.  Like the original location, the new Bike Stop will also rent bicycles, and shuttle service can be arranged for riders who want to make a one-way trip between cafés.

Menu favorites from the St. Charles café will also be available in Chesterfield, including Bike Stop signature items like the Lewis & Clark wrap (feta, organic field greens, tomato, avocado, red onions, and pesto in a wheat wrap), the Greek Goddess wrap (eggs, feta, organic spinach, red onion, tomato, avocado), and their deliciously moist vegan zucchini muffins.  Customers will also be able to get Jodi’s healthy peanut butter balls.  But the new café will be much larger, allowing Devonshire and Caruso to expand their menu.  Other features of the St. Charles shop diners will find in Chesterfield include all-day breakfast and lunch service, a full-service coffee bar, and a curated selection of beer and wine.

The new café at Taubman Prestige Outlets Mall is expected to open in late June or early July.  The Chesterfield Bike Stop Café will be open Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

Bike Stop Café
Owners: Tony Caruso and Jodi Devonshire
(636) 724-9900

Saint Charles
701 South Riverside Drive
Saint Charles, MO 63301


17057 N. Outer Road
Chesterfield, Missouri 63055

Scarecrow Restaurant May Be Chesterfield’s Best Kept Secret

Scarecrow Restaurant May Be Chesterfield’s Best Kept Secret

Robust Whiskey & Wine Programs at Scarecrow in Chesterfield

Chesterfield, MO/April 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Change is inevitable in the ebb and flow of St. Louis’ restaurant industry.  Sometimes change comes quickly, with restaurants closing suddenly and others popping up overnight to take their places.  Sometimes, the changes are more subtle, transforming a neighborhood place into something new over the course of months, even years.  The launch of Chesterfield’s Scarecrow Restaurant at 1095 Chesterfield Pkwy East was more like the latter.

Chris Mertz and Shawn Mulholland opened Scarecrow in January 2013 in footprint of the former Press Box Bar & Grill, but they didn’t change everything all at once.  They tapped Chef Michelle Parker to take what was essentially a bar and grill menu and elevate it to a menu of “creative American cuisine” with a much greater focus on creating fresh, scratch-made dishes.  Consequently, the Scarecrow menu has evolved over the last four years.  Diners will still find a nice selection of “starters,” including bar and grill staples like calamari, potato skins and wings.  But they’ll also fine thoughtful creations like the cheese and sausage board, baked brie, and Buffalo cauliflower.  They’ve also added fresh-built salads that go beyond the typical Caesar or chopped iceberg side salad, and vegetarian options like seasonal vegetable risotto and pizza Margherita.  They kept the best of the burger menu, but expanded the entree selection to include new favorites like blackened salmon, pan-seared walleye, and beef tenderloin in a brandy peppercorn sauce.  These can be paired with baked potato, mac-n-cheese, or thoughtful sides like Brussels sprouts and Parmesan flash-fried spinach.  Lunch customers will find apps, soups, salads, burgers, pizza, and specialty sandwiches like Caprese grilled cheese, melty pressed Cubans, and hot pastrami.

Mertz and Mulholland have also developed a fairly robust wine program in a relatively short amount of time.  They began with about 45 labels, with ten available by the glass—five whites and five reds.  They’ve expanded the wine program to include more than 80 bottles from some of the best winemaking regions of the world.  Their wine room includes selections from Italy, France, Germany, Australia, Argentina, as well as domestics from California, Washington, Oregon, and Missouri.  Prices range from $27/bottle (Missouri’s Noboleis 2010 Chambourcin and 2011 Baril de Blanc), to $120/bottle (Italy’s 2009 Antinori ‘Tignanello’ Super Tuscan), with a large selection in the $30-50/bottle range. Wine by the glass includes a rotating selection of red and whites for $7-10/glass.

Scarecrow also offers 14 beers on tap, including mass market labels (Bud Light, Bud Select, Stella Artois), craft beers from Civil Life, Boulevard, Goose Island, Kirkwood Station, and Schlafly), and Irish imports (Guinness and Smithwick’s).  They also offer domestic bottles (the A-B line), imported bottles from Mexico, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, and Italy, as well as American and Irish hard ciders.

Scarecrow’s whiskey selection may be among the best in the region.  They offer more than 200 whiskeys from the very best whiskey distilleries worldwide.  There are American whiskeys of every kind—Tennessee, Wheat, Corn, White, etc.—including blends and single malts.  There’s a nice selection of American ryes and a huge selection of American bourbon whiskey.  Scarecrow also offers a variety of Canadian whiskeys, Irish whiskey, blended Scotch whiskey, and a well-curated selection of single malt scotches, plus brandy & Cognac, port wine, and spirited liqueurs.

Scarecrow is open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to midnight and Friday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  And they’re now available for private parties.  When Mertz and Mulholland first opened Scarecrow, they said their intent was to create for the Chesterfield area the kind of place they would want to visit.  Customers rave about the warm pretzels, bacon-wrapped pickles, the wine program, and the incredible whiskey selection.  There’s also a very nice patio to enjoy apps and drinks al fresco, or a meal with friends and family.

Contact Information:

Scarecrow Restaurant
Owners: Chris Mertz and Shawn Mulholland
General Manager: Michael Butler
1095 Chesterfield Pkwy East
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 536-9440

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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Kiss Stars are Rocking It in St. Louis at Rock and Brews

Kiss Stars

Grand Opening of Chesterfield Rock and Brews with Kiss Stars

CHESTERFIELD, MO/January 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Kiss Stars – Okay, I just had an extremely fun interview with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss at the Grand Opening of their Rock and Brew restaurant in Chesterfield.  I was so very surprised and happy that we had such access to them and they couldn’t have been nicer.

I was also very pleased to find out that they’re not just the branding behind the restaurant but are actually owners and have been majorly involved from the planning of the beginning concept to what’s on the menu and everything in between.

There are several things that set Rock and Brew apart from other restaurants.  They serve the highest quality American comfort food by using five star chefs.  They even like to hire general managers and kitchen managers with culinary backgrounds.

They are also an extremely kid friendly and pet friendly restaurant.  They have a special menu for the Lil Rockers of tomorrow and a kids area where they can play.  And yes, they also have a special pet menu especially for Fido with lean, low salt meat…and an occasional mutt brew.

They have an immense multi-selection of craft beers, rock and roll music piped through the restaurant speakers and a huge outdoor beer garden with an open pit gas fire for all year round.

You won’t see any old rock and roll costumes in the place…the guys say they did not want it to be a rock and roll graveyard but a celebration of past, present and future rock and roll.

I was thoroughly impressed that most of what they wanted to talk about was their commitment to Wounded Warriors. Every Grand Opening is a special day for the veterans who have served our country so honorably. They also are big on ordering food products locally and also on helping out schools and organizations in the community.

The amazing friendship the two have goes all the way back to the 70’s when they started their first band together, and years later they are still together creating ways to entertain the masses. There are currently two corporate owned Rock and Brews and seventeen franchises with another one planned to open soon. One things for sure, these guys are nowhere close to stopping now.

Rock and Brews

17258 Chesterfield Airport Rd

Chesterfield, MO

Phone: (636) 536-2739

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Tomorrow: At Rock and Brews with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley

Rock and Brews Grand Opening Tomorrow, January 11th featuring Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley

CHESTERFIELD, MO/January 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Tomorrow is the scheduled Grand Opening for Rock and Brews featuring rock n roll stars, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.  We are scheduled to interview them at 9:15 am.  We will post our article as-soon-as-possible after the interview, hopefully with video.

Rock and Brews, Chesterfield, MO

Rock and Brews, Chesterfield, MO

Rock and Brews is described by the company as “energized dining and entertainment concept offering affordable, high quality American comfort food and a broad selection of international and craft brews, while immersing guests in a family-friendly rock ‘n’ roll experience unlike any other. Where the unifying force of rock ‘n’ roll meets the burgeoning craft beer culture, Rock & Brews is born”.

We have ate at Rock and Brews on several occasions and the food is exceptional, unlike some of the other theme restaurants concepts of the past.  It appears to us that they are taking some serious ownership in this concept as illustrated by visiting the company’s website.  They are actively promoting the restaurant and they certainly appear to know what is going on.

According to their website tickets are necessary for tomorrows event.  Visit their website event page specific to this event for more details

Kara Savio, our lead journalist will be conducting the interview.  Stay tuned for some great entertainment!  We wrote several articles prior to their opening and will continue to follow them.  Great concept that consumers are loving.  Great beer, great food at a reasonable price while surrounding visitors with something they all appear to love; music.

Chesterfield, MO location:

Rock and Brews

17258 Chesterfield Airport Road

Chesterfield, MO 63017

Phone: (636) 536-2739


Picture courtesy of Paul Stanley


Video courtesy of Rock and Brews

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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: mr@talaynas.net


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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!


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: $$$


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


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




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


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