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First Look: Del Pietro’s in Richmond Heights

Monday, February 5th, 2018

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Del Pietro’s, the latest from restaurateur Michael Del Pietro, opened on Wed., Jan. 31, at 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., in Richmond Heights.

The restaurant is an homage to the original Del Pietro’s House of Pasta, opened by Michael Del Pietro’s parents, Michael Sr. and Mary Rose, in 1976 in South City. The new Del Pietro’s menu has plenty of original dishes and a generous selection of favorites from the original restaurant, like Spaghetti Alla Angela, Vitello Marsala and Carciofo (stuffed artichokes), plus a wine list heavy on Italian reds and whites.

Those who remember the building when it was home to Harvest, and later Riverbend, may have a hard time recognizing it now. The original entrance and the bar were moved; the bar is now located in what once was the ivy-covered dining area at the front of the restaurant.

The former multilevel dining room is now on one floor. The only remnant of the former residents is the large fireplace in the center of the dining room, but even that has been stripped down to bare bricks for a new look. The new space seats 90, including the bar area.

The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect from the next generation of Del Pietro’s:

 

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Captions and photos by Caitlin Lally 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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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: More from our 5 Questions Interview with Marc Del Pietro

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

101210_5qsMarc Del Pietro, the chef-owner of Luciano’s Trattoria, Del Pietro’s and Kilkenny’s Pub, is now whipping up healthy, gourmet meals for all the kids at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic elementary school in University City. For our 5 Questions interview in our October issue, Sauce contributor Byron Kerman talked with Del Pietro about the program. For the rest of our interview with Del Pietro, pick up the October issue of Sauce Magazine.

How’s the Our Lady of Lourdes school lunch program going?
Before I came along, they averaged 12 to 20 kids buying school lunches a day, and today I did 160 kids. The school holds 258, so I’m over 50 percent. I don’t know how many parents said things to me like, “My kids don’t eat grapes.” Well, now they eat grapes. I’ve been doing this for a long time, so I know how to hide things and make them taste really good. The point is that this is real, fresh food, not processed.

We changed from plasticware to silverware, too, and the kids are like, “This is awesome!” The administration said, “They’re gonna throw their forks in the garbage.” And I said, “They don’t throw them away at home, do they?” They’re not aliens or monkeys – they’re great kids. Give them a little credit. One of the kids came up to me and said, “Mr. Del Pietro, was that basil or mint in the fruit salad yesterday?” And I said, “That was mint,” and the kid turned to his friend and said, “See, I was right!”

It’s really cute to see these kids come in and get pumped about food. That’s my world. They want the recipes. Their moms want the recipes. It’s amazing. Today they had turkey burgers and they didn’t know it, and they loved them. I just called it Burger Bar, and they could choose condiments like cheese slices and pickles.

What kinds of foods did you eat for lunch when you were at school?
My mom packed my lunch a lot, and you know I’m from a very Italian family. I grew up in the restaurant business, so I would bring a full order of ravioli or lasagna to school, and all the non-Italian kids were just mystified by our lunches.

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