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Extra Sauce: Where to buy local fresh pasta

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015



A beautiful plate of pasta is nothing short of enchanting – rich aromas, nuanced flavors and the painstaking presentation of the professional chef. It’s easy to boil a pot of noodles, but turning strands of wet spaghetti into a Michelin-starred dish can be a tall order for the home cook. Here, area chefs share their better-than-Nonna’s recipes and secrets for everything you need to take your pasta from basic to bellissima. Pro tip No. 1: Start with fresh pasta. Here’s where to get it in St. Louis.

Stellina: 3342 Watson Road, St. Louis, 314.256.1600, stellinapasta.com
Pasta available: Semolina or whole-wheat fettuccine, semolina or whole-wheat walnut tagliatelle, agnolotti, lasagna (by special request)
Price: $3 per 5-oz. nest

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta: 9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.942.6555, katiespizzaandpasta.com
Pasta available: Arugula reginette, black spaghetti, bucatini, capellini, fiori, lemon pappardelle, paccheri, pappardelle, spaghetti, tagliatelle
Price: $5 per pound

Pastaria: 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.862.6603, pastariastl.com
Pasta available: Bucatini, canestri, chitarra, gargenelli, pappardelle, regular and whole-wheat strozzapreti
Price: $6.25 per pound

Midwest Pasta Co.: 2023 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-772-7560, midwestpastaco.com
Pasta available:
Laminated – angel hair, vermicelli, spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, tagliatelle, pappardelle
Extruded – penne, rigatoni, ziti, conchiglie (shells), bucatini, rotelle, radiatore, macaroni, torini, fusilli, cresta di gallo, cavatappi
Gnocchi – egg, spinach, garlic, chive, sun-dried tomato, sweet potato
Ravioli – black bean, butternut squash, four cheese, goat cheese, gorgonzola, lobster, mushroom, spinach and walnut, ricotta and sun-dried tomato, white truffle
Tortellini and Tortelloni – beef and Pork, chicken
Gluten-Free – fettuccine, spaghetti, penne, rigatoni, farfalle (bow ties), lasagna sheets, gnocchi
Price: Approximately $4 per pound


-photo by Greg Rannells 

Better Than Nonna’s: Chef secrets for the perfect plate of pasta

Friday, September 25th, 2015



{Spaghetti with Heirloom Cherry Tomato, Shrimp and Arugula} 


A beautiful plate of pasta is nothing short of enchanting – rich aromas, nuanced flavors and the painstaking presentation of the professional chef. It’s easy to boil a pot of noodles, but turning strands of wet spaghetti into a Michelin-starred dish can be a tall order for the home cook. Here, area chefs share their better-than-Nonna’s recipes and secrets for everything you need (Pro tip No. 1: Start with fresh pasta.) to take your pasta from basic to bellissima. Get the recipes for:


-photo by Greg Rannells

The List: Smoked Manhattan at Gamlin Whiskey House

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Welcome to The List, our annual homage to the people, places, dishes and drinks we love in St. Louis. Don’t miss a single pick; click here to read the whole List and share your thoughts on Twitter with #thesaucelist.




What came first – the cocktail or the glass? For Derek Gamlin, it was definitely the glass. Introduced to the whiskey pipe by a colleague, Gamlin saw its potential and bought as many as he could find. All that was left was coming up with a cocktail to do it justice. Enter: Smoked Manhattan. Once the restaurant’s house-exclusive Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, Antica Formula vermouth, whiskey barrel-aged bitters and a touch of cherry juice are poured into the whiskey pipe (yours to keep), a bartender adds cherry wood chips to a motorized smoking gun and infuses the drink with smoke for almost a minute. What results is a smoky, robust (and admittedly pricey) Manhattan that will have you dreaming of Luxardo cherries and leaving with a sweet souvenir to boot. – S.M.

236 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314.875.9500, gamlinwhiskeyhouse.com

-photo by Jonathan Gayman


Sauce Holiday Countdown: Piccione Pastry Holiday Treats

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013


Didn’t your mother ever tell you it’s rude to arrive without a gift? Show up with homemade Italian pastries and cookies from Piccione Pastry in the Delmar Loop. For only $10, you can get a 1-pound tin of delectable Italian cookies. Or if they’re the pastry type, treat them to our personal favorite, the pannetone: candied fruits wrapped in soft, billowy brioche topped with sugar crumbles. Three muffin-sized cakes are just $8. Piccione is open until 3 p.m. today, so swing by on your way to the party. The treats will be the hit of the night (as will you).  Piccione Pastry, 6197 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314.932.1355, piccionepastry.com 

And now…

For our last holiday giveaway, we have a $10 gift certificate to Piccione Pastry so you can pick up some goodies for yourself, too! Click here to enter!



Sauce Holiday Countdown: Painting with a Twist

Monday, December 23rd, 2013



Looking for a gift for your friends? At Painting with a Twist, paintbrushes and pinot converge to guarantee for one helluva girls’ night. An instructor uses a featured painting to teach the class how to replicate it all, while the participants enjoy their wine – BYOB style. Don’t worry if you have no artistic talent; the classes are aimed at novices. Plus, after a few glasses of zin, who cares what your picture looks like? $35 for a 2-hour class, $45 for a 3-hour class. Painting with a Twist, 12623 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.434.7928; 3004 Winghaven Blvd., O’Fallon, Mo., 636.625.7928, paintingwithatwist.com 

 Today we’re giving away a two-hour private party for 12 people at Painting with a Twist’s Creve Coeur location. Click here to enter.




Sauce Holiday Countdown: Nudo Adopt-An-Olive-Tree Program

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013



What to get the gourmand who has everything? We’re willing to wager that he doesn’t own his own Italian olive tree. With Nudo’s Adopt-An-Olive-Tree program, pick a tree from one of 14 groves located throughout eastern Italy and Sicily. Then your special someone will receive a year’s supply of olive oil from his very own tree delivered right to his door. The numerous groves and sundry soils can please even the pickiest oil connoisseur. $69, nudoadopt.com/italia

 And now …

Today we’re giving away a gift box from Nudo containing a jar of capers and anchovies pâté, a jar of basil and tomato pesto, and three specialty olive oils – extra-virgin cold pressed, extra-virgin with Sicilian chiles, and extra-virgin stone ground with lemons. Click here to enter!



Sauce Holiday Countdown: Lékué Steamer Cases

Saturday, December 21st, 2013



Dorm room dinners will never be the same. Lékué may be hard to pronounce, but its versatile steamer cases make it easy to create entire meals in the microwave – and healthy ones to boot. This 22-ounce, BPA-free silcone case also comes with a cookbook to help that college student on your list become the chef de cuisine of the dormitory. That is, if you can get him to buy fresh vegetables. You’re on your own with that one. $30. Sur La Table – Plaza Frontenac, 295 Frontenac Forest St., 314.993.0566, surlatable.com

And now…


Spruce up your meal with the decedent French Tower from Vom Fass. We’re giving away this stack of oils and vinegars featuring the flavors of France, along with a recipe for hazelnut duck confit. Click here to enter!




Sauce Holiday Countdown: Bottle Slumpings from The Painted Pot

Friday, December 20th, 2013


Reduce. Reuse. Regift. The Painted Pot in St. Charles offers bottle slumping, a gift more beautiful than its name implies. Bring your old wine bottles to the shop, and the staff at The Painted Pot melt them down into stylish spoon rests, decor or cute olive oil dipping trays. So gather up all those empty wine bottles hiding around your house (Don’t be ashamed; we have them, too.), and turn them into works of art. $10 per bottle. The Painted Pot, 3772 Monticello Plaza, St. Charles, 636.300.2665, thepaintedpotstl.com 

And now…

We’re giving away five bottle slumpings from The Painted Pot in St. Charles! These fun, personalized gifts only require that you polish off five bottles of your favorite wine (tough job, we know), and bring them to the shop to give them new life in your kitchen. Click here to enter!



Sauce Holiday Countdown: Nest Candle

Thursday, December 19th, 2013


One of the greatest things about this time of year is the smells. Baked goods, pine trees, hot toddies – everything about December smells delicious. Kick off this Christmas with an olfactory overload. The Nest Holiday candle, with its notes of pomegranate, orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon, vanilla and amber, will have you singing carols in no time. $37, Lusso, 165 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, 314.725.7205, shoplusso.com 

And now…


Today we’re giving away a holiday gift bag full of goodies from The Market at The Cheshire! Inside this sturdy canvas tote, you’ll find an autographed copy of Rook Cooks from Annie Gunn’s chef Lou Rook, a set of four GoVino shatterproof wine glasses, a bar of Kind Bulgarian Rose-scented soap, and a holiday candle from The Cheshire. Click here to enter!


Sauce Holiday Countdown: Goebel & Co. Serving Boards

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013


Serving boards from Goelbel & Co. will liven up anyone’s kitchen. Hand-crafted Olive Oil Serving Board in cherry or walnut are accented with dipping wells for you accoutrement of choice: olive oil, balsamic vinegar and oregano for wine and cheese nights; or salsa, marinara and cocktail sauce for appetizers. The options are endless. $80 to $130. Goebel & Co., 2936 Locust, St. Louis, 314.807.1745, goebelfurniture.com 

And now…

Goebel & Co., owner Martin Goebel has taken St. Louis storms to task. He takes wood from trees that fell during storms and turns them into functional pieces for a home. Today, we’re giving away Cheese and Charcuterie Board created from such wood, perfect for serving hors d’oeuvres at your next holiday gathering. Click here to enter!



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