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The Scoop: Michael Del Pietro to open family’s namesake eatery

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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Michael Del Pietro, owner of Sugo’s Spaghetteria, Babbo’s Spaghetteria, Tavolo V and Via Vino Enoteca, will soon add another eatery to his stable of restaurants. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, he will open Del Pietro’s at 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., the former home of Riverbend Restaurant & Bar and Harvest, this fall.

The new restaurant will be an homage to Del Pietro’s parents’ iconic restaurant, Del Pietro’s House of Pasta, which opened at 5625 Hampton Ave., in 1976 and closed in 2011.

“When I opened Sugo’s in 2008, my mom was still operating Del Pietro’s House of Pasta,” he said. “I didn’t want to call Sugo’s or any of my other restaurants Del Pietro’s while she was still operating. But since she’s retired, I felt that going forward I could use the name in the right location, and I feel this works out well.”

Del Pietro said the space is currently being gutted, and when finished, it will have 120 to 130 seats. He estimated an opening in late September or early October.

Del Pietro said he will revive some of the iconic dishes from the original restaurant, including the Spaghetti a la Angela, Beef Sotto and Chicken Burko, as well as adding some new items.

“I might blend in some things I’ve been fond of over the last couple of years,” Del Pietro said. “I might do something with an antipasti board, or maybe a prosciutto and melon, seasonal things. Del Pietro’s on Hampton didn’t do much of that. They kept to more classic dishes. They weren’t as nouveau as far as dishes were concerned.”

Photo by Ashley Gieseking

Matt Sorrell is staff writer for Sauce Magazine. 

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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

It’s been a busy week in the St. Louis restaurant scene with major chef changes and St. Louis’ first cidery set to open downtown. Here’s what went down last week, ICYMI…

 

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1. St. Louis has seen an explosion of craft breweries in recent years, and soon it will welcome its first dedicated cidery. Owner Russ John is in the process of opening Brick River Cider Co. downtown at 2000 Washington Ave., in a former firehouse.

2. Alton will soon be home to a new destination for coffee and beer. Husband and wife team Jared and Carolyn Brynildsen will open Germania Brew Haus at 617 E. Broadway in late May.

 

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3. Scott Sandler, best known for his vegetarian Neapolitan pizzeria Pizzeoli, is putting the finishing touches on his latest pizza project, Pizza Head. The new restaurant will serve up New York-style pies to the sounds of classic punk music when it opens in early May.

4. Standard Brewing Co. in Maryland Heights will soon pour its last pint. The 2-year-old brewery announced via Facebook on Wednesday, April 19, that its last day will be Sunday, April 30.

 

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5. Chef Ashley Shelton’s star continues to rise at Niche Food Group. On Monday, Niche Food Group owner Gerard Craft announced that Nick Blue was stepping down as Sardella executive chef. Shelton, Pastaria executive chef and a 2017 James Beard Rising Star semifinalist, will take over the Sardella kitchen – and continue to helm operations at her current restaurant.

6. Salume Beddu will soon stack its signature sandwiches at a new location and embark on a new partnership. Owner Mark Sanfilippo will move the retail sandwich portion of the business to Parker’s Table at 7118 Oakland Ave., leaving behind its current location at 3467 Hampton Ave.

 

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7. Big changes are afoot in The Libertine’s kitchen. Farmtruk chef-owner Samantha Mitchell has been tapped as the Clayton restaurant’s new executive chef.

8. Caribbean-American-inspired Patois Eatery & Social Lounge is now open at 2617 Washington Ave. As The Scoop reported in April, the space retains the same ownership as its former incarnation, The Rustic Goat, but the management and direction of the restaurant have changed.

 

 

 

 

The Scoop: Blues Fired Pizza food truck to open a brick and mortar

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Another area food truck is putting down roots. The owners of Blues Fired Pizza (formerly Pyro Pizza) are in the process of opening a drive-up/walk-up brick and mortar location at 10800 Big Bend Blvd. in Kirkwood.

Co-owner Tony Lee said the location, which has formerly housed coffee and custard stands, will serve as a commissary for the truck, as well as another place to sell its pizza. The new space will share the same menu as the truck and will utilize a similar wood-fired grill. Lee said there will be tables outside during warmer weather for those who want to “dine in.”

The space will be convenient for diners who can’t follow the truck, and for the owners as well.

“My business partner and I both live in Kirkwood, and this is only a few blocks from our houses,” Lee said.

He hopes the location will be up and running by late January or early February.

-photo by Matt Sorrell

The Scoop: Seoul Taco rolls out second truck

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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Seoul Taco is on a roll this year. Owner David Choi opened the fourth Seoul Taco location in Chicago just three weeks ago, and announced today that a second food truck will hit the streets in STL this Monday, June 27. The popularity of the original truck at private events, food truck events and lunch service made a Seoul sister the most logical expansion step.

“The (food truck’s) whole summer was fully booked by February,” Choi said. “We’ve been to some really good lunch spots with the blue truck, but with our bookings could only make it to those places every other month.”

The menu at the new red truck will feature Choi’s signature Korean barbecue street food with the potential for some additional creativity. And that creativity is not confined to the menu: Choi has partnered with The St. Louis MetroMarket, a nonprofit mobile food market bringing fresh food to our city’s food deserts. On MetroMarket Mondays, all proceeds from the red Seoul Taco truck will benefit the mobile market.

“Relationships are so important,” Choi said. “The partnerships we have and being involved in the community is part of what’s helped us grow. It’s about connecting with people and the community.”

Weekly schedules for both Seoul Taco trucks will be announced Sundays on Twitter and on Seoul Taco’s website.

The Scoop: James Beard award eludes Willmann and Nashan

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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Local restaurant enthusiasts hoping one of its own would take gold again this year were disappointed as a James Beard Foundation Award has eluded two St. Louis chefs. Kevin Nashan and Kevin Willmann were two of five finalists in the Best Chef: Midwest category, with the top prize going to Paul Berglund of The Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis.

Nashan is the chef-owner of Sidney Street Café, and Willmann is the chef-owner of Farmhaus. This was Nashan’s second time being named a finalist, while it was Willmann’s first finalist nod.

The Scoop: Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice to bring frozen craft cocktails to Midtown

Friday, March 11th, 2016

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Co-owners Brad Merten and Brandon Holzhueter plan to cool down Midtown this summer with frozen adult beverages at Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice. The duo announced that their new bar, located at 3906 Laclede Ave., is slated to open in early summer.

The announcement comes on the heels of the news that the city recently revoked the liquor license of Tropical Liqueurs, a Soulard bar serving slushy alcoholic beverages, after resident complaints. Holzhueter said he has worked closely with Saint Louis University and the surrounding community to keep them fully informed of the concept, and Narwhal’s will not offer carryout drink options.

“I know there will be people who have that preconceived notion,” he said. “I want to combat that idea that you even want to leave. (We want to) provide them with a classy, cool yet comfortable atmosphere where (people) want to stay and drink.”

Holzhueter said Narwhal’s will use fresh fruit, house-made sodas and herbs grown in-house to create slushy alcoholic cocktails. “We’re growing what we can and doing things as fresh as we can,” he said. “Making it a truly craft cocktail … in frozen form.”

A rotating menu will include spins on classic cocktails like a blackberry Moscow mule with fresh blackberries, house-made ginger beer and fresh mint; a root beer float with house-made ice cream; and a grapefruit whiskey sour with house-made grapefruit soda and sour mix.

The 1,900-square-foot space will feature a large patio in back and 14 stainless-steel frozen beverage machines spinning behind the indoor bar. While there won’t be food available onsite, but customers are welcome to bring in food or order delivery.

 

 

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Our new issue hit stands this week, and we’ve got the hottest news and trends in our annual Sauce Guide to Beer. And from popups putting down roots to juicy new shops in Edwardsville, here’s what went down in the STL food scene this week, in case you missed it…

 

 

1. Our new issue featuring our annual Guide to Beer hit stands this week. Don’t miss a word. Click above to read it online now!

2.. Combining Asian culinary roots with love of the established Mexican food scene on Cherokee Street, Sue Wong-Shackelford and husband Mark Shackelford plan to open Kalbi Taco Shack in late spring or early summer at 2301 Cherokee St.

 

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3.. Everyone is movin’ on up on Watson Road. Kitchen Kulture’s Michael Miller and Christine Meyer announced March 3 that they will open Kounter Kulture in the space currently occupied by Pint Size Bakery.

4. Fresh juice and good vibes were flowing on Tuesday at Source Juicery in downtown Edwardsville as owners Michelle Motley, Lisa Hudson and Chrissy Stevens, formerly of the Cleveland-Heath kitchen, opened the doors of their healthy food-to-go concept at 220 N. Main St.

 

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5. A carryout taco joint and a recording studio walk into a bar … Rather, they share a space with one at 4916 Shaw Blvd., on The Hill, where patrons can now experience all three in one night at Cha Cha on Shaw, The Gaslight and Gaslight Studio.

 

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6. After 14 years at Schlafly, Troika Brodsky became a one-man PR machine for the Guild’s 40-plus area breweries. Find out his thoughts on the power of St. Louis beer.

 

 

Extra Sauce: 6 frozen treats to cool down summer

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

When it comes to summer in St. Louis, keeping cool is the name of the game. Chill out this summer with 6 cold treats using everything from cucumbers to beer.

 

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1. We may be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t “staycation” like it’s Cabo. Mix three types of cream and top with a coil of lime zest for a tropical touch with this Lime-in-the-Coconut Ice Cream.

 

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2. Turn your morning cup of joe into something more decadent: a layered Chocolate-Coffee Ice Cream Cake. Add a splash of Kahlua and bourbon to the ice cream and garnish with cocoa nibs for a grown-up treat.

 

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3. Blitz together vanilla ice cream with caramel, pretzels, chocolate and milk to create the Salty Kisses Milkshake from Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium in less than five minutes.

 

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4. Adding toasted grains to dessert totally ups the health factor (we assume). This Quinoa Malted Mocha Cooler will rival any Frappuccino. (Check out other beverages you can make with toasted grains.)

 

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5. Refresh your palate with a Cucumber and Honeydew Granita. Like spiked spa water, this icy cocktail is best served poolside.

 

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6. Beer and chocolate is a well-known, loving marriage. Add woodsy maple syrup for a satisfying happy-hour dessert with Square One’s Maple Stout Ice Cream. (Discover other ways to incorporate beer into your cooking.)

Happy Hour Like a Boss – Part 4

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

When the whistle blows at 5 p.m., there’s nothing like a strong drink to wash away the pains of the workday. You can find happy hours at any neighborhood bar and at watering holes near office buildings and factories. All of them will settle your fix for a cheap drink just fine, but a few get high marks – whether for the top-shelf drink selection, awesome food options or the duration of the deal. Our July issue features 22 places to unwind after work, whatever your reason for grabbing a seat at the bar.

 

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{ Mango }

For an international happy hour: Mango Peruvian Cuisine
Happy hour: Mo. to Fri. – 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m.

Crispy plantain chips and vibrant salsa verde land quickly on the table for a crunchy, satisfying start to this South American happy hour downtown. A generous glass of fruity and not-too-sweet sangria ($5) could tide you over, unless you opt for the equally economical pitcher ($15). Select local craft beers are available on draft ($3). Mango’s food menu offers seven small plates ($5 each). Among them, try the meaty Anticuchos Trio, three packed skewers of your choice of chicken, beef or tender, rich beef heart. Carb up with Bolas de Yuca, four deep-fried mashed yucca balls reminiscent of a hush puppy served with creamy, subtly spicy Huancaina dipping sauce. Better yet, make it a fiesta and order one of everything. – K.S.

For the late-night drinker: Sasha’s on Shaw
Happy hour: Sun. – 9 p.m. to midnight, Mon. to Sat. – 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sasha’s inviting garden is full of people chatting away in the cool late-night air after a hard day’s work. Pita pizzas ($6), delicious and intense in their flavors, include toppings ranging from asparagus to olives. Every open bottle of wine is available by the glass, with pours discounted by 50 percent. With all these options at your disposal, try a few new wines with a friend. The crisp and balanced Vincent Mothe Chablis is especially enjoyable. Beer deals include discounts on cans of 4 Hands ($2.50). Inside, the great vibe continues with comfy couches, a bar, lovely tables, and a welcoming staff to make you feel at home. – B.W.

 

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{ Soy-braised pork cheeks at Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood }

For classy lushes: Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood
Happy hour: Mon. to Fri. – 3 to 6 p.m., except during St. Louis Cardinals home games

Take a seat at the swanky bar or one of the nearby high-top tables, and prepare to eat like a king. All wines by the glass are half off ($3 to $10.50); sip on the 2013 Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc ($4), an easy-drinking dry white with notes of cantaloupe. As for the food, think elevated dishes on a discount; most appetizers are half price. Try the Cajun shrimp ($8), five plump seared shrimp swimming in a spicy caper cream sauce – ask for bread so you won’t waste that sauce. The crème de la crème are the soy-braised pork cheeks ($5), insanely tender meat served atop a silky celery root purée and garnished with a crunchy, sweet and spicy salad of green apple and jalapenos. When the bill comes, refrain from doing a happy dance. Stay classy, St. Louis. – M.N.

-Mango photo by Michelle Volansky, Mike Shannon’s photo by Carmen Trosser

Tweet Beat: The week’s best tweets from #STL foodies

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Are you following us on Twitter? Come on, get Saucy @saucemag

 

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@natco92
A man at the bar asked me if he needed to move over & his girlfriend walked up, accused him of flirting with me and punched him in the face ‏

@AMBabka
Woman laughing while eating salad. #stl #salad #lunch #whatiate
https://instagram.com/p/5aB9WcprJO/

@ks255
Drink coffee, write. Repeat all day. It’s quittin’ time.
https://instagram.com/p/5N-8jryNkn/

@WeEatStuff
Met some old friends at @urbanchestnut, and of course had some awesome food and beer!
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@KatiePizzaPasta
A match made in heaven @davidchoiSTL @SeoulTaco
https://twitter.com/KatiePizzaPasta/status/624601340862279680/photo/1 ‏

@EricedheathEric
I am not kidding when I say that this is maybe tied for the best meal I’ve had in my life… #shayaNOLA
https://instagram.com/p/5QX4unJ3xl/ 

‏@KellieHynes
Formaggio eataly. Omg.
https://instagram.com/p/5YP7qqF2-3/

 

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