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The Scoop: Racanelli’s New York Pizzeria to open fifth location in The Loop

Thursday, September 25th, 2014


{Racanelli’s owner John Racanelli}


A slice of the Big Apple is coming to the Delmar Loop thanks to John Racanelli, owner of Racanelli’s New York Pizzeria, who will open his fifth storefront at 6314 Delmar Blvd., in November.

Racanelli learned the art of pizza-making growing up in an Italian neighborhood in the Bronx. “I learned to make pizza the old-fashioned way,” he said. “We make everything from scratch using the best products.” His brothers, Vito and Sam Racanelli, were also inspired by their food-oriented Italian upbringing, opening Onesto Pizza & Trattoria in South City and later Mad Tomato in Clayton, which is still owned and operated by Vito Racanelli.

The first Racanelli’s Pizzeria storefront was opened two decades ago in University City, which was later transformed into Market Pub House in 2010 and is still owned by John Racanelli.

The menu will remain consistent with the offerings found at the Kirkwood, Webster Groves, Central West End and St. Peters locations. While slices of hand-tossed, New York-style pizzas are the house specialty (Racanelli’s personal favorite: sausage, mushroom and jalapeno with extra cheese, cooked well-done), other crowd-pleasers include parmigiana heroes topped with a generous ladle of fresh tomato sauce, sandwiches on house-baked focaccia and house-made calzones and strombolis.

Construction crews began work on the new storefront in mid-September in the space that formerly housed the vintage designer clothing shop, Timeless Authentic Garments. Racanelli expects two dozen seats inside and an additional 10 to 15 seats outside. The new location will also offer dine-in, carryout and delivery.


The Scoop: The Kitchen Sink set to open on DeBaliviere Avenue next week

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

The Kitchen Sink is opening in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood on September 17. The 12-seat diner is located at 280 DeBaliviere Ave., formerly home to Wing Express, in the building adjacent to the MetroLink DeBaliviere Station.

The Kitchen Sink is owned by Anthony Ellerson Jr., a St. Louis native who has worked in the restaurant industry since 1996, getting his start as a busser at Rigazzi’s on The Hill. Most recently, Ellerson could be found in the kitchen at Market Pub House in The Loop. He left that post in March to bring The Kitchen Sink to fruition.

The Kitchen Sink will offer burgers, sandwiches, wings, salads and a smattering of Southern fare such as jambalaya, étouffée, seafood gumbo, and shrimp and grits. The restaurant sources all of its ingredients locally, with bread coming from Companion and Fazio’s Bakery. Ellerson noted that all of the meat is fresh instead of frozen, and the meat for the burgers is ground in-house.

The name is based on the idiom “Everything but the kitchen sink.” For this endeavor, Ellerson explained that the phrase meant that he’s “putting everything into the food — all the love for my food, all of myself.”

The Kitchen Sink opens doors this coming Monday. Hours of operation are weekdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The restaurant doesn’t have a website or Facebook page yet, but the phone number is 314.261.4455.

Brunch-plus debuts at the Market Pub House

Monday, June 14th, 2010

061410_MarketPubThe Market Pub House launched its Sunday brunch menu last weekend, as planned since it opened early in May – and The Loop restaurant’s already upgraded that menu.

“We’re offering all-you-can-eat [baby back] ribs for $10, which is a big item,” executive chef Shawn Isbel told us yesterday morning over two orders of the restaurant’s sinful Cheesecake Lollipops. “We’re gonna switch that up monthly – I think next month we might do prime rib.” Servers there will deliver the initial platters, he explained, and then replenish all-you-can-eat items as desired by the customer.

The regular brunch menu, to which the all-you-can-eat deal was an 11th-hour brainstorm addition, features the restaurant’s take on standard items like buttermilk flapjacks and omelets. It also includes surprises like the daunting Pub House Hangover Slinger, a dish hearty enough to feed two. From the brunch menu, Isbel himself expressed fondness for the corned beef hash, prepared with house-made meat. “Our Mama’s Coconut Focaccia French Toast is going really well,” he added. “We’ve got a lot of good feedback on that.”

The Market Pub House serves Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Scoop: Racanelli’s pizza retains its U. City roots

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

050310_racanellisWe’re excited for the Market Pub House, the newest offering by the Racanelli family, but one of our first questions to John Racanelli at the opening of his $5-$6-$7 gastro pub that replaced Racanelli’s Cucina and Racanelli’s Express was whether we’d see Racanelli’s New York-style pizza in the Loop again, especially considering that the restaurant has been fixed at those digs on Delmar since 1994.

Racanelli responded with an emphatic yes: “We’ve been in the Loop for years. We’re never giving it up.” Racanelli explained that Racanelli’s Express is simply relocating to another spot on Delmar in the Loop and is expanding to become a full Racanelli’s New York Pizzeria. The new joint will offer the entire Racanelli’s menu – pizza by the slice, specialty pizzas, apps, salads, sandwiches, calzones and strombolis. There will be 25 seats for those who want to dine in, and takeout and delivery for folks on the go. Look for the Loop location to open late this summer.

– Ligaya Figueras

Market Pub House debuts

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

050310_MarketPubBefore Mother Nature took the area by storm this past Friday, the Market Pub House did likewise with a well-attended soft opening that evening.

John Racanelli’s latest venture occupies 6655 Delmar Blvd., formerly the site of his Racanelli’s Cucina. As noted here earlier, almost all of its appetizers, soups and salads, wraps, wings, and burgers and other sandwiches cost just $5 to $7. (One item, the Animal Pub House Burger, runs $9.) The Loop restaurant also offers varied sides and desserts, in addition to a brief children’s menu, and features a full bar.

At the soft opening, we ourselves savored some crisp veggie spring rolls accompanied by a wasabi-based relish, as well as sliderized versions of a grilled portabella burger and an exquisite pulled-pork sandwich with honeyed barbecue sauce. Moreover, the next day, we revisited the restaurant to lunch on the lean, house-smoked pastrami on rye, which consulting chef Craig Basler had praised in particular – and rightly so.

Hours at the Market Pub House run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Moreover, Racanelli (who was taping a “now open” banner to the door Saturday as we left) plans to offer Sunday brunch starting next month.

Feelin’ peckish? Then click here to view the Market Pub House’s menu.

The Scoop: Racanelli to open Market Pub House

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

033110_MarketPubJohn Racanelli, owner of Racanelli’s New York Pizza, will launch a new restaurant in roughly a month – and it won’t involve pizza.

The Market Pub House will occupy 6655 Delmar Blvd., the former site of Racanelli’s Cucina, which closed in February. “The target date is April 27, but I know we’ll be open that first week of May,” said company spokesman Paul Witwer.

The menu at the University City eatery will feature roughly 40 appetizers and entrées, most of them priced from $5 to $7 to accommodate today’s tight budgets. It will include Angus beef burgers, spring rolls, fresh pastrami and various specialty salads – but again, no pizza.

“It’s a totally separate concept,” Witwer said. “It’s been John’s baby for a long time. He was looking for something that drove that price point home but was a little higher level and a little more – I guess the term would be multinational.

“It’s kinda pub food for everyone, especially in that area,” Witwer continued. “We’ve been testing a lot of recipes and going through, item by item. I think the thing that really makes it stand out, other than the price point … is the scratch prep. And there’s some fresh-baked items as well, fresh-baked desserts.”

The Market Pub House will have a full bar with 25 specialty beers on tap. Its courtyard, to the side and to the back, will hold outdoor functions, and the restaurant will also incorporate a stage for live local music and DJs.

Witwer characterized the Market Pub House, which will seat 125, as “a neighborhood gathering place – a place to come and stay, not just come for food, but stay with friends, a neighborhood pub for the Loop.”

Hours there will run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily, Witwer said. The Market Pub House will join other Racanelli operations in the Central West End, Fenton, Kirkwood, St. Peters and Webster Groves.

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