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The Scoop: The revolving restaurant door in Clayton

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Clayton is awhirl with restaurant ins and outs. Credit St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe with a report of The Pasta House Co.’s short life on Central Avenue as well as news of a new tenant at 172 Carondelet Plaza.

In late August, Kim Tucci and Joe Fresta, owners of The Pasta House Co., converted their Tucci & Fresta’s at 15 N. Central Ave., into another Pasta House Co. But Saturday marked the last day of service at that location. Mahe also reported that the former Luciano’s Trattoria space in Carondelet Plaza will become a churrascaria called Brazikat Brazilian Steak & Seafood House. The Brazilian steakhouse is slated to open in December. Finally, chef-owner Gerard Craft’s newest restaurant Pastaria is now open at 7734 Forsyth Blvd., inside Centene Plaza.

The Scoop: “Nothing is decided” for Del Pietro restaurants in Clayton

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

A report yesterday by St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe indicated that Michael and Marc Del Pietro (pictured) would be shuttering two of the family’s restaurants: Luciano’s Trattoria and Kilkenny’s Irish Pub, both located in Clayton.

Today, The Scoop spoke with Lea Doherty, sister and business partner of the Del Pietro brothers. According to Doherty, “nothing is decided” regarding the fate of either establishment. Luciano’s, located at 172 Carondelet Plaza, suffered water damage in January and has yet to reopen. Doherty told The Scoop that the lease is up for renegotiation but that it “may be too much money to reopen.”

As for Kilkenny’s, located at 20 N. Central Ave., Doherty confirmed that buyers have sought out the family and that the space has been shown to prospective tenants. “We are too old to be in the bar business,” she said, adding that Kilkenny’s will remain open until further notice. “We own the building and are there until someone says ‘yes.’ There is nothing inked on anything.”

— Photo by Ashley Gieseking

Clayton Restaurant Week returns to get you out of your winter restaurant rut

Friday, January 14th, 2011

11411_CRWHaven’t had time to get away for a nice dinner lately? Is there a great restaurant you’ve been hoping to try but can’t justify shelling out the extra cash? Or, as the temperature drops, are you just stuck in a take-out rut? Well, fret not: Clayton Restaurant Week is returning for a little bit of culinary salvation.

Just like last year, diners can show up to several Clayton restaurants from Jan. 24 to 30, to enjoy a three-course meal for just $25. The list of restaurants this year is at 19, with a smorgasbord of cuisines available. Grab shrimp gyoza and the Erik Johnson Roll (filled with crab, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese, tuna, salmon, eel sauce, house-made creamy wasabi sauce and special seasoning) at Tani Sushi Bistro, enjoy lobster bisque and scallop of pork loin Zingara at the legendary Chez Leon or get a taste of Italy with  house-made gnocchi, lamb ragout and lemon-herb ricotta at Luciano’s Trattoria. Salivating yet?

Even better: Sip on a Pearl Vodka cocktail or a glass of Casa Lapostolle wine at a special restaurant week price. Not sure what to with all that cash you’ll be saving? Put it to good use by adding a few bucks to your bill for KidSmart, a charity which provides school supplies and educational resources to thousands of local students each week.

Here’s the full list of restaurants participating this year: Alexander’s, Araka, Bar Napoli, Barcelona, Bar Napoli, Cardwell’s, Chez Leon, J. Buck’s, Jimmy’s On The Park, Luciano’s Trattoria, Mazara, Mosaic Bistro Market, Oceano Bistro, Portabella, Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, Roxanne, Ruth’s Chris, Tani Sushi Bistro, The Crossing and The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton.

With such a great deal available to all hungry St. Louisans, reservations are highly recommended. For more information, or just to drool over the slated menus, click here.

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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