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The Scoop: Italian restaurant Cini opening doors this week in Midtown, Ladue location coming in spring

January 7th 12:01pm, 2013

Cini, a fast casual Italian restaurant, is unlocking doors this Thursday at 374 S. Grand Blvd., between Highway 40 and Forest Park Parkway. The 65-seat eatery in Midtown is the first of two Cini locations scheduled to open this year. The second Cini will make its home at 8831 Ladue Road, in the Colonial MarketPlace shopping plaza at the intersection of Gay Avenue. According to company spokesperson Christina Boehm, the target date for opening the Ladue location is mid-April. The Italian restaurant is a project by Dave Jones and Doug Tieber, developers of 16 Buffalo Wild Wings locations, along with Frank and Carmelo Gabriele of Il Bel Lago.

Cini will specialize in arancini (pictured above) – a Sicilian specialty of fried rice balls coated in breadcrumbs – which will be available in three savory options but also as a sweet dessert featuring Arborio rice and hazelnut chocolate rolled in crushed vanilla wafers or Oreo cookies. Other Cini menu items include piadina (grilled flatbread topped with prosciutto, salami or cheese and folded in half) and pasta and salad bowls that come with a grilled item and a sauce or dressing. Among beverages, diners can enjoy numerous local craft beers as well as wine on tap.

Cini will operate daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Cini website is expected to launch tomorrow; however, information is available on its Facebook page. Below is a sneak peek of a portion of Cini’s menu. 

By Ligaya Figueras

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